The postseason begins tonight when the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Washington Nationals in the NL Wild Card Game. Tomorrow the Oakland Athletics will host the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wild Card Game. After that, things are not fully certain, but we do know when the games will start, at least through Saturday, per MLB’s announcement of game times last night.
We know the Cardinals will play the Braves. We know the Twins will face the Yankees. The Dodgers and Astros await their opponents in the Division Series. If it’s Milwaukee, y’all tell me about how that Game two against the Brewers goes, because there ain’t no way my old, early-rising butt is gonna be able to watch an entire 9:47 PM start. I’m more likely to wake up when it’s still going in if it hits extra innings, actually.
Here is when it’ll all go down.
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate adjourned Thursday without voting on a financing bill for a proposed $1.5 billion Las Vegas Strip stadium for the Oakland Athletics, extending the special legislative session into the next week amid negotiations over whether to contribute $380 million in public funding to the project.
The measure can still be amended by lawmakers, and if it passes the Senate it would still need approval from the Assembly before going to the desk of Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who has expressed support for it. Both the state Senate and Assembly are adjourned until Monday.
In a hearing that began Wednesday and stretched into the early morning hours Thursday, lawmakers peppered tourism officials and a representative from a firm partnering with the ball club with questions about the feasibility and benefits of financing such a deal.
Public funds for the stadium would mainly come from $180 million in transferable tax credits and $120 million in county bonds. Backers have pledged that the creation of a special tax district around the proposed stadium would generate enough money to pay off those bonds and interest. The plan would not directly raise taxes.
The A’s would not owe property taxes for the publicly owned stadium. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, would also contribute $25 million in credit toward infrastructure costs.
A’s representatives and some tourism officials say a deal would further grow Las Vegas’ developing sports scene and act as an economic engine, but a growing chorus of economists and some lawmakers warn that the project would bring minimal benefits for the hefty public price tag.