Oakland Coliseum Oct 1, 2020; Oakland, California, USA; The video board displays the bash gesture after the Oakland Athletics win against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Manfred is not optimistic that the Oakland Athletics will remain in the Bay Area.

The MLB commissioner told Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Unleashed podcast that the team’s efforts to get a new stadium built appear unlikely to succeed.

‘It just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” Manfred said (via USA Today.)

The Athletics could not reach an agreement last month that would have built a $1 billion stadium as part of the massive Howard Terminal Project at the Port of Oakland. The ballpark would have been funded using revenue from retail and office space in the project.

Manfred’s comment contradicts what Athletics executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said earlier this month about the prospects for a new stadium.

“Listen, at some point, we will have a new stadium, that’s what makes me feel good. I hope it’s within my tenure,” Beane said. “But we will, and I think the organization and the city deserve it. It’ll happen.”

The A’s proposed ballpark has drawn strong opposition and has been mired in red tape. MLB gave the franchise its blessing last year to begin searching for a new city. Las Vegas is believed to be the frontrunner if the team relocates.

On a related note, Manfred believes the Tampa Bay Rays will succeed in their efforts to have a new stadium built, which would keep the team from moving.

[Bob Nightengale, USA Today]

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