MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly told Oakland officials that the city could lose the Oakland A's to Las Vegas if the city doesn't halt a lawsuit that aims to stop Alameda County from selling its part of the Coliseum to the team.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf confirmed Mandred's warning in a television interview Tuesday, saying "The reports of that are accurate, [Las Vegas] is the city that came out of his mouth."
A potential move to Las Vegas would devastate the area's rabid sports fans as Oakland already lost the NFL's Raiders to that city.
Manfred chose Las Vegas as a potential landing site for the A's to show city officials the seriousness of the situation, Schaff said.
"Obviously he chose his city wisely as far as exposing a pain-point that all Oaklanders feel about losing our sports teams," she said, adding that the lawsuit is "misguided."
City officials say they still believe the team can remain in Oakland.
"I will say though that I absolutely see a path to a new ballpark right ... at Howard Terminal," Schaaf said. "As well as really giving the A's the opportunity to do a community-serving development out at the Coliseum as well as to maintain that as a background plan. I see this path. I am confident we will get there."
The next court hearing on the matter is set for mid-November, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.
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