If the Oakland Athletics choose to relocate to the Las Vegas Valley, one familiar partner is ready to make an offer that could be hard to resist: free land.
The Howard Hughes Corp. — which owns the A’s Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas Aviators, and their home, Las Vegas Ballpark — says it is willing to provide the Major League Baseball team land in Summerlin if the A’s choose to build a planned $1 billion facility there.
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- What is revenue?
- How much impact does a stadium have on a team’s ability to generate revenue?
- Why are premium seating options and luxury seating options important to a sports team like the Oakland A’s?
- Why do you think the A’s would be interested in relocating the franchise?
- What must happen for the A’s to relocate? Is it as easy as just picking up and moving to a new city? Why or why not?
- How might the A’s departure impact the city of Oakland?
- Why might Las Vegas be an appealing relocation option for the franchise?
- Why might Major League Baseball be interested in Las Vegas as a new market?
- Why would the Howard Hughes Corp. offer MLB free land if the A’s were to relocate?
- Why is stadium location important?
- Why do representatives from the Howard Hughes Corp. feel their land is the best location for the A’s franchise should they decide to move to Las Vegas?
- What is competition?
- Would the A’s represent competition to the Howard Hughes Corp-owned Triple-A baseball team in Las Vegas? Why or why not?
- What other cities might be considered as relocation options?
- In your opinion, what is the best option for the A’s franchise? Be prepared to discuss your answers in class.