Obviously, there’s a little bit of tension between the two cities, but has this gone a little too far!
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently did an interview on ABC 7 in Oakland. She was asked to respond to Oakland Athletics’ President Dave Kaval comments where he said it was “harder to do business” in California than in Nevada.
“You’ve got to be much more environmentally focused when you are developing on the precious California coastline than in the gross desert of Las Vegas,” Schaaf said.
The mayor in Oakland is obviously not hiding her distaste for Las Vegas, not one bit.
Watch the video from the interview here.
With that being said, as Las Vegans, we are not going to take this lying down and neither is Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Put politics aside for a minute because Mayor Goodman for sure protected our own here and even threw a whole lot of shade while doing it too!
Mayor @LibbySchaaf has this right – sustainability is a priority. The beautiful @cityoflasvegas is a world leader in sustainability & top destination. @LibbySchaaf please join the more than 42 million visitors a year and enjoy a trip to Las Vegas. We can go to a @Raiders game.
Talk about SHADE thrown in that final sentence.
Mayor @LibbySchaaf has this right - sustainability is a priority. The beautiful @cityoflasvegas is a world leader in sustainability & top destination. @LibbySchaaf please join the more than 42 million visitors a year and enjoy a trip to Las Vegas. We can go to a @Raiders game. https://t.co/BmZuKJ0LSp— Carolyn G. Goodman (@mayoroflasvegas) April 7, 2022
On March 27, 2017, the National Football League officially approved the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas in a 31–1 vote, with the Miami Dolphins being the only team to vote against the measure. The team played their very first season in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium in 2020, fans joined the following season. Obviously, Mayor Goodman is still reminding Shaaf of the past heartbreak her city felt when the team left.
The timeline is still uncertain as to when a decision will be made in Oakland but many believe Las Vegas to be the frontrunner for relocation if the team does not stay in Oakland.