Another team from Oakland could move to Las Vegas as Oakland’s sports betting market becomes less popular. Renowned sportsbook operator, FanDuel, will also be entering the Las Vegas market with a retail location in one of the area’s most famous casinos.
The Oakland Athletics Could Potentially Relocate to the Silver State
The Athletics currently have the worst record in the AL and were clear sellers at the trade deadline. The Golden State Warriors moved to San Francisco not too long ago, and the Oakland Raiders are looking to find success in Las Vegas.
The Athletics have been able to put in some solid seasons due to their analytical background. This year, however, the team has lost the majority of its games and has had difficulty attracting fans. According to The Wall Street Journal, the A’s had 2,703 fans in one of their most recent games.
In order to discuss the possibility of the A’s building a major league ballpark on the Las Vegas Strip, casino owner Phil Ruffin will attend meetings in the Bay Area this week, according to a report. Ruffin’s holdings cover a vast number of properties which include a 37-acre festival site that could be suitable for an MLB ballpark.
Oakland’s Mayor isn’t a Huge Fan of Las Vegas
In Oakland, officials are trying to get approval for a new stadium at the city’s Howard Terminal. The decision on that venture is expected to happen very soon.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is not a fan of the Silver State as the former Oakland Raiders relocated to Las Vegas. The AFC West is expected to be one of the most, if not the most competitive division in the league as the Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, and the Denver Broncos all added talent to compete with the Chiefs.
The Mayor doesn’t want to lose the Oakland Athletics to Las Vegas as the Golden State Warriors relocated across to San Francisco. The Raiders are opening their season on the road against the Chargers.
It remains unclear, however, whether Athletics will find more success if they relocate. For the most part, the A’s have one of the lowest payrolls each season and generally can’t keep talented players past their arbitration years.
FanDuel is Coming to Las Vegas
FanDuel will be entering Nevada’s market through Fremont hotel-casino. The meeting for a license will take place on August 10th, when the Nevada Gaming Control Board is scheduled to consider the license application.
The licensing effort will not include a mobile sports betting license for FanDuel to operate. Online sports betting is legal in the Silver State, but it isn’t as prevalent compared to other jurisdictions as bettors are required to sign up at brick-and-mortar casinos to use a mobile platform.
There is no license for FanDuel and DraftKings to operate mobile apps in Nevada, two of the nation’s largest online bookmakers in the United States. Fermont has a long history in Vegas as it first opened its doors to the public in 1956.