MLB says NO to Vegas
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This is either good news or bad news for the A's. Either MLB does not want a team in the gambling mecca or it is reserved for the A's.
FLORIDA SPORTS BUZZ
Vegas a no-go, for now
BY BARRY JACKSON
Since receiving permission to explore relocation, the Marlins visited San Antonio and Portland, Ore., but not perceived front-runner Las Vegas. And now we know why: Major League Baseball is not allowing it, at least not yet.
We hear MLB's executives so far have scuttled the Marlins' desire to meet with Las Vegas officials for a second time. (Last December's visit was an introductory meeting long before Florida received permission to explore relocation.)
The Marlins and MLB wouldn't comment, but it's believed MLB still has big concerns about placing a team in a gambling mecca. Still, it would be a bit surprising if MLB doesn't allow a meeting eventually.
Vegas officials have reached out directly to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, but Loria's hands are tied. Though Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has suggested stadium financing wouldn't be a problem (he has never offered specifics), none of the Marlins' other suitors has offered a better financing package than the one available here.
An undisclosed Miami businessman (not Venezuelan media mogul Gustavo Cisneros) submitted an offer to buy the team, but Loria won't consider selling.
| By vegasjeff on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 05:21 pm:|
I think it is just a matter of time before Selig gives a franchise the green light to move to Las Vegas. The funding is in place, the land has been reserved for the new stadium, and the town is hungry for a franchise. Selig has already warmed up to the idea of Las Vegas by awarding the 2007 Winter Meeting to Las Vegas, as well as Spring Training games featuring the Cubs.
| By asch on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 06:41 pm:|
I think it'll happen too.
Can you imagine the prop bets they could put on AT the stadium like $5 on the first pitch being a strike.
The actual experience to go bet the game AT the game would be something entirely different.
If it happens, asch, Pete Rose will be the first guy in line.
OH god people would be throwing themselves off the third deck after a blown save.