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Raiders' Carr says A's leaving would be 'sad for Oakland'

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Derek Carr in Oakland

Derek Carr knows what it's like having his team relocated from Oakland to Las Vegas, and he can sense the same happening with the Athletics.

While playing at the American Century Championship at Edgewood in Lake Tahoe last week, the Raiders quarterback was asked about the possibility of Oakland losing the A's.

"Well, it would be sad for Oakland, I know that," Carr told reporters before his practice round last Thursday, per 95.7 The Game and Nevada Sports Net's Kirsten Moran. "They lost the Warriors, they lost us and it looks like they're going to lose the A's. It's not like any of us wanted to go and that's the tough part."

The future of the A's appears to be coming to a resolution soon with the Oakland City Council set to meet on July 20 for a non-binding vote on the Howard Terminal ballpark proposal.

In May, MLB gave the A's their blessing to explore relocation options in case the team was unable to get a deal done for the Howard Terminal project, and on Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters that Las Vegas indeed is a "viable alternative" for the team.

"Thinking about this as a bluff is a mistake," Manfred said Tuesday. "This is the decision point for Oakland as to whether they want to have major league baseball going forward.”

 

The Raiders, who had two separate stints in Oakland -- 22 and 25 years sandwiched around a 13-year stay in Los Angeles -- moved to Las Vegas prior to the 2020 NFL season.

The A's have called Oakland home since 1968 when they moved from Kansas City.

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While Carr acknowledged that it would hurt Oakland to lose all three of his major professional sports teams, the A's moving to Las Vegas would give him another source of entertainment during the NFL's offseason.

"If we get the A's, I know that I'll definitely be at a lot of baseball games, that's for sure, and maybe try and close one day for them," Carr said.