The Oakland Athletics have won seven games in a row.
On Tuesday, the fans organized and hosted a “reverse boycott” night, in which they almost filled the stadium (more than 27,000 fans were in attendance to witness a thrilling win against the Tampa Bay Rays) to show the ownership that they aren’t the problem.
Still, owner John Fisher still wants to relocate the team to Las Vegas.
Will he get his wish?
MLB insider Jeff Passan has the latest developments.
“The Nevada state Senate has passed the $380 million bill to help fund the proposed stadium for the Oakland A’s move to Las Vegas. Later today, A’s fans will stage a ‘reverse boycott’ at Oakland Coliseum. The hope: Fans show up en masse to encourage owner John Fisher to sell,” he wrote on Tuesday, before the successful gathering of fans at the Coliseum.
Next up: The 42-person Nevada Assembly will vote on the bill. If it passes, it will go to Gov. Joe Lombardo, a proponent of the A’s moving to Las Vegas, who will sign it into law. Then the A’s, who have been in Oakland since 1968, would seek final relocation approval from MLB.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 13, 2023
So, what’s next?
Per Passan, the 42-person Nevada Assembly will vote on the bill.
In case it goes through, it will go to Governor Joe Lombardo, who is in favor of the A’s relocating to Vegas.
“Then the A’s, who have been in Oakland since 1968, would seek final relocation approval from MLB,” Passan said.
The key would be if the bill passes to Lombardo’s approval; or if fans make a massive, popular move like Tuesday’s to encourage Fisher to sell the team to another ownership group willing to keep the franchise in Oakland.
The first one looks likely to happen at some point, but there is always the chance fans come up with more initiatives to make waves in Oakland and on social media.
Fans are hopeful.
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