Many talented and knowledgeable people have said that the biggest problem with MLB owners is that they prioritize the next dollar over long-term success and the importance of winning. Philadelphia’s John Middleton seems to understand this, as did the recently departed Peter Seidler in San Diego. However, these are exceptions. Most MLB owners focus on squeezing every extra penny of profit, regardless of the impact on the community or the team’s long-term success.
The recent approval of John Fisher’s plan to move the A’s from Oakland to Vegas is a perfect example of this. The move may ultimately lead to the team needing financial support from other team owners, as it is unlikely to be sustainable on its own. The move also shows a lack of regard for the dedicated fanbase in Oakland.
Furthermore, the decision to allow a team to be moved to the league’s smallest market and play in the smallest stadium raises concerns about its long-term viability. Not only is the move a terrible idea, but it is also likely to require financial assistance from other team owners.
In conclusion, the decision to allow the A’s to move to Vegas is a clear demonstration of MLB owners prioritizing short-term profits over the long-term health of the league and the success of individual teams.