Oakland A fans have been making last-ditch efforts to prevent the team from moving to Las Vegas.

A few weeks ago, the fan base staged a «reverse boycott» in which more than 27,000 people flooded into the stadium to watch an A’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The A’s have averaged less than 10,000 people per game this year.

However, it is very likely too little, too late, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says the city of Oakland is to blame.

Manfred said the day after the «reverse boycott» that he felt «sorry for the fans in Oakland», but his comments about the game drawing «almost an average Major League crowd» were thought by some to be sarcastic.


Oakland Athletics fans display signs during a reverse boycott game against the Tampa Bay Rays at RingCentral Coliseum on June 13, 2023, in Oakland, California. (Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)

But at the end of the day, one night won’t change «a decade of inaction.»

«My comment about Oakland was that I feel sorry for the fans, that it was my initial preference and … that we find a solution in Oakland,» Manfred said Friday when asked if he regretted his comments. «The comment I made about the fans on one particular night was taken out of context of those two bigger comments: I feel sorry for the fans. We hate to move. We did everything we could to keep the club in Oakland. Unfortunately, one night doesn’t change a decade of inaction».

Manfred’s words echo his sentiments from last week when he said he «didn’t like this result.»

«I understand why they feel that way,» Manfred said last week. «I think the real question is, what was Oakland ready for? There’s no offer from Oakland. Is that okay? They never got to a point where they had a plan to build a stadium anywhere. And it’s not just John Fisher… The community has to be supportive. At some point, you realize it’s just not going to happen.»

However, Oakland city officials have criticized Manfred, calling his words «untrue.»

General view of the Oakland Coliseum

The game between the Oakland Athletics and the Cincinnati Reds at RingCentral Coliseum on April 30, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)


“There was a very concrete proposal under discussion, and Oakland had done everything possible to overcome obstacles, including securing funding for infrastructure, providing an environmental review, and working with other agencies to finalize approvals,” said Oakland Mayor, Shen Thao. «The reality is that the owners of the A’s had insisted on a 55-acre multi-million dollar project that included a ballpark, residential, commercial and commercial space. In Las Vegas, for some reason, they seem satisfied with a ballpark leased from «9 acres on leased land. If they had proposed a similar project in Oakland, we’re confident a new stadium would be under construction by now. Oakland showed their commitment to the A’s, and that’s why the A’s belong to Oakland.»

MLB is set to begin a months-long approval process for the A’s proposed move to Las Vegas. Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo signed legislation last week providing $380 million in public funding for a ballpark on the Las Vegas Strip.

The proposed $1.5 billion, 30,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof would be near Allegiant Stadium, where the NFL’s Raiders relocated in 2020, and T-Mobile Arena, where the NHL’s Golden Knights started as an expansion team in 2017.

Atletico fans hold up t-shirts that say "SELL"

Oakland Athletics fans receive free jerseys labeled ‘SELL’ prior to a reverse boycott game against the Tampa Bay Rays at RingCentral Coliseum on June 13, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)


The Athletics have the worst record in the major leagues at 19-58. That’s a pace of 122 losses, which would break the modern-era record for most losses in a season, currently held by the 1916 Philadelphia A’s, who went 36-117. His .247 winning percentage is on pace to be the second worst in the modern era. His goal is to move to Las Vegas by 2027.

Associated Press contributed to this report.