MLB "doesn't plan to charge" the A's a relocation fee "if the team moves to Las Vegas -- a rare accommodation that shows the league is concerned about the team's ability to find a viable home." It had been speculated that the A's may have to pay a relocation fee "as high as $1 billion." But sources said that when MLB held its owners meetings earlier this month, a relocation fee "was not discussed in an open session." The A's "were hoping to announce a move to Las Vegas, potentially contingent on getting public financing, this month." But sources said that the team "still lacks key assurances from Nevada state officials to take the next step." There is also a vote in Oakland at the end of the month about a new ballpark that could "make it possible to stay" (N.Y. POST, 6/27).
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