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A's ballpark talks with Oakland take big step forward, but hurdles remain

Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to keep studying financial participation in A's planned development on the waterfrontATHLETICS

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to "support a non-binding resolution declaring the county's willingness to keep studying its financial participation in the A's planned massive development on the waterfront," according to Scott Ostler of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Those looking for "signs of hope that the Oakland A's might have a future in Oakland" may have seen some "glimmers" from yesterday's meeting. Alameda County yesterday "advanced the ball" or at least they "didn't take their ball and go home." A "no" vote "would have fatally kneecapped the entire project." This is "not a slam-dunk home-run touchdown opportunity for the city and county." Ostler: "There are risks. The county opted to step up to the plate and roll the dice for all the marbles." Although they can "change their collective mind at any later time." It was encouraging that A's President Dave Kaval, in his presentation to the board yesterday, was "mostly patient, civil and chipper." Kaval was a "new guy, putting aside the blaming and bullying tactics of the spring." Yesterday's Kaval was "more like the kind of fellow that city and county officials can work with, assuming he carries the new look into private meetings and negotiations" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/27).

LAS VEGAS STILL AN OPTION: In Las Vegas, Mick Akers writes the yes vote is a "step toward possibly keeping the A's in Oakland," but because of the non-binding nature of the vote, the A's "still plan to continue pursuing their 'parallel path' in the Las Vegas Valley." The A’s have "made six trips to the Las Vegas Valley to explore possible relocation sites," after MLB  "gave them permission in May to do so." A’s officials have "reviewed more than 20 sites in Southern Nevada, with Kaval saying a list of the final three or four sites would be released following the conclusion of the 2021 World Series" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 10/27).

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