- Sep 9, 2017
A franchise also doesn't want to set the precedent that they can pay for their own stadium and that they can be told "no" by a city and/or state.Because their constituents don't want to hear reasons (it's ALWAYS a total rip off for the city/state), they just know on Sundays (or weeknights) when it's time to watch Palookaville Palm Trees action, they're now playing in Albuquerque and that sucks. It's such an easy scare tactic for owners to use, which is weird because there's probably more non-sports fans (or fans that aren't as fanatical) than there are fans who live and die with the team. I mean if you can tune out the people who want to spend every dime on making the latest and greatest sports palace and just speak to the more moderate voter, that politician would win every time.
But politicians are afraid of talking to their constituents as adults and explaining things like this to them--and TBH, I don't blame them.
Oakland isn't going to fall into the sea because they don't have the A's any more. People will get over it and live their lives, but owners don't focus on that. If were an A's fan, what's better having this shitbrick team that's probably going to win 40 games if they're lucky or nothing?
And BTW, Vegas is about to get an NBA team and it can get as hot as 115 degrees in the desert sun. The A's are going to be an afterthought within five years. You can argue about moving the franchise, but having them move to Las Vegas is dumb with a capital D.
This is true both within a team's league and their own city.