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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

John Fisher says he won’t sell the Oakland Athletics

Oakland A’s owner John Fisher felt the need to clarify something about the future of the franchise on Monday.

He has no plans to sell the team.

Fisher made the statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the heels of last week’s unanimous vote by MLB to approve the A’s move to Nevada.

“I want my family to own the A’s long into the future,” Fisher said. “We are committed to building a state-of-the-art ballpark on the Strip and bringing more championships to Southern Nevada.”

Why speak about this now, after Fisher has repetitively made it clear he doesn’t intend to sell the team?

Perhaps it’s because of a report in USA Today last week that provided some insight into how the other MLB owners perceive Fisher’s intentions.

Within MLB’s agreement to approve the A’s relocation, there’s a provision called a “10-year flip tax,” USA TODAY reported.

The tax is to prevent Fisher from using the relocation to boost the team’s value and then sell it to another ownership group.

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