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(CN) – It appears as though the Oakland A’s are stranded on third base for the time being after the Nevada legislature decided to not move forward Monday on a bill that would have provided $380 million in public funding for a new ballpark on the Las Vegas Strip.

Lawmakers passed on voting on the plan on the final day of Nevada’s legislative session.

The bill — introduced officially in late May, just over one week before the end of the state's 2023 legislative session — proposed that "it is in the public interest and beneficial to the public welfare to diversify, enhance and grow the largest tourism market in this state through the development of large-scale and one-of-a-kind convention, entertainment and sports venues and facilities within the Las Vegas area."

The bill sought to secure a public financing package including up to $180 million in transferable tax credits and $25 million in credit for infrastructure costs from Clark County. The bill called for expanding the power of the Clark County Stadium Authority — which was first created for the development of the NFL's Las Vegas Raider's Allegiant Stadium — as well as funding for "resort corridor homelessness prevention and assistance."

Although the bill wasn't able to make it out of legislature, the plan for the ballpark may not be entirely dead. Nevada's Republican Governor Joe Lombardo said in a statement released Tuesday morning at 1 a.m. that he plans on calling a special legislative session to address a key part of the budget – the capital projects budget – that failed to move forward. The stadium issue is expected to get some attention at that time.

"“My office and I are conferring with legislative leadership this evening, and I anticipate calling a special legislative session in the morning,” said Lombardo in a statement released Tuesday at 1 a.m. “I will issue a proclamation to outline agenda items for the special session when finalized.”

Prior to the bill's formal introduction, the A’s organization had already been busy for months in Carson City, lobbying politicians for support to build a 30,000-seat, $1.5 billion stadium with a retractable roof on the Las Vegas Strip.

The A’s had initially negotiated a “binding agreement” for a stadium site with Red Rock Resorts Inc. on the west side of the Strip, but later backed out and eventually made another deal with the Bally’s Corporation for the Tropicana Las Vegas site. The team's plan for redevelopment of the site includes demolishing the iconic Tropicana, which was opened in 1957.

Bally’s Corporation plans to build a 1,500-room hotel and casino on the property near the planned stadium, located on the south end of the Strip.

The A’s had been clamoring for a new stadium in Oakland, but those efforts never came to fruition. The rusty Oakland Coliseum has outlived its usefulness, and the A’s pushed for a waterfront ballpark, hoping to transform the Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland into a new baseball stadium complex.

At the same time, the A’s were courting Las Vegas, a move that A’s team President Dave Kaval termed “parallel paths.” Now, with the Vegas bill possibly dead, the team is stuck in limbo.

The A’s currently have the worst record in Major League Baseball at 12-50, along with the lowest attendance and lowest ballplayer payroll.

The A’s have placed in the bottom-five in attendance in 15 of the 19 years that Steve Fisher has owned the team. Some blame the outdated stadium. The San Francisco Giants, across the bay, have always been more successful drawing people to their bayside ballpark, which was completed in 2000.

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