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Dodgers Owner Not Threatened By Giants Being Lone Northern California Team After Athletics Move

One of the bigger news stories in baseball is the relocation of the Oakland Athletics as they prepare to head to Las Vegas. It has been in the works for some time now, but the move was officially voted for approval by MLB owners on Thursday.

The Athletics have targeted the 2028 season as their first in Las Vegas, but they now are left with the reality of trying to find a new home going forward. They could continue to play their home games at the Oakland Coliseum, but that may present some issues.

“Among the A’s options for a home in the interim: a short-term lease to stay at the Coliseum, as the Raiders did before they left for Las Vegas; Oracle Park in San Francisco, where the Giants play; and the triple-A ballparks in Las Vegas and Sacramento. It would not be unprecedented for a departing team to play in multiple stadiums over the course of a season.”

Per Bill Shaikin of The LA Times

No matter what Oakland does, the biggest winner in this has to be the Dodgers rival San Francisco Giants. They now will own a top 10 media market all by themselves, and that could present issues down the line for the Dodgers.

LA owner Mark Walter gave some thoughts on the relocation of the A’s to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, including his belief that the Giants could become more of a problem now that they are alone in the Bay Area — but not one that would threaten the Dodgers.

“Walter said he did not believe the Giants’ monopoly in Northern California — and the financial benefits that would come with it — would threaten the Dodgers in their competition with their longtime rivals in San Francisco.”

Per Bill Shaikin of The LA Times

The Giants have essentially been the big team in the Bay Area for some time now anyway considering how poor Oakland has been. Even with the Dodgers rival now owning a top media market in the country, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference to LA, per Walter.

“I think of it as on the field, and I understand that money helps,” Walter said. “We’re the No. 1 revenue team in the National League. I’m not against the Giants making money.”

Per Mark Walter via The LA Times

The Dodgers have dominated attendance and revenue for a long time now, and that isn’t likely to change. As long as LA continues to win on the field and show their fans that they are committed to winning, the Dodgers will remain on top.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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