OK, at this point it is getting ridiculous. The Oakland A’s have a binding agreement to buy a nearly 50 acre swath of land at Tropicana and Dean Martin. The land, formerly the site of Wild Wild West, was to be the home of the yet to be finalized (or even visualized) new stadium for the Las Vegas Athletics. But according to a new report from The Nevada Independent… not so fast.
The plan to bring the team to Las Vegas hinges upon a $500,000,000 public handout that has yet to materialize. Governor Joe Lombardo is working on a bill that could help facilitate the Major League Baseball pickup, but time is running out in Carson City to get a deal done. That has the A’s scrambling.
What are the Oakland A’s doing now…
You may remember that while the Athletics paid untold millions for the land owned by Station Casinos, they were offered 22 acres of land from the Rio for $1. That’s right, a buck. Weird that they would deny such an incredible offer while also begging for half a billion dollars, but here we are.
So, given the fact the team has kind of committed to the premise of coming to Las Vegas, they are scrambling according to this new article. The team has reportedly started talking with the Rio once again, along with the owners of the land where the Tropicana is. Talks with the Las Vegas Festival Grounds at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara are not heating up again, however.
The A’s are hoping for a “stadium district” that would allow the team to not only avoid paying property tax, but scrape up the taxes from all the improvement that would come around the footprint of the stadium for several years. That would make the stadium “publicly owned”. It would also have a penalty in the deal if the team were to up and leave before 30 years.
Makes you wonder what Station Casinos thinks about all of this. After all, their land deal is supposedly a “binding agreement”… and we know what Las Vegas casinos do to people who don’t pay their debts. Just saying.