Are the Los Angeles Angels preparing to make a change of address?
With the Los Angeles Angels opting out of their Anaheim stadium contract, many believe the Angels are moving. The last Major League Baseball franchise to relocate was the 2005 Montreal Expos, becoming the Washington Nationals.
Although three professional sports franchises have recently (NFL teams) moved within the past two years, the Angels aren’t likely to follow the trend. The Angels seem to want to create a better stadium in Anaheim rather than start over. In their statement, the Angels said they want to, “deliver a high-quality fan experience beyond what the original lease allows.”
Despite being denied, owner Arte Moreno has tried to restructure the lease. The Angels lease lasts through 2029. Their only chance to negotiate before then is this season. The Angels would be stuck in their current deal for a decade if they hadn’t opted out.
The Angels and the new mayor will discuss options to keep the Angels in Anaheim. Although they are likely to stay, the Angels could land in two cites in the west.
Las Vegas has grown rapidly in the past few years. The city is set to host two major sports teams in the next two years. The Golden Knights saw immediate success in Vegas, becoming the first NHL expansion team to make the finals since 1968.
The Oakland Raiders are moving to Sin City in the next two years. They likely won’t be competitive after a disappointing 1-5 start. In fact, they are looking to trade their 2015 and 2016 first round picks, Amari Cooper and Karl Joseph.
Like in Anaheim, the Angels would share the city with an NHL team. While Vegas seems to be growing, the MLB likely doesn’t want a franchise in a city linked with gambling. Since the 1919 Black Sox scandal, the MLB’s gambling code has been strict.
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Portland has been rumored to be interested in acquiring an MLB team. Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, has shown support for bringing a baseball team to the community. Wheeler stated, “If they can pull it off, economically it’d be a tremendous opportunity for this community.”
Because of this, he created a team of investors and experts called the Diamond Project. The aim of the project is to evaluate what it would take to bring a team to Portland. Despite interest from the city, the Diamond Project is a long way from bringing baseball to Portland.
The city is dealing with more pressing issues than bringing a team to them. Rising homeless rates and less affordable housing are of more concern to residents. Despite this, Wheeler believes a baseball team can bring pride to the city. It is a long shot to bring an MLB team to Portland at all, let alone in the next few years
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