Chris Giles has been appointed as the new chief operating officer of the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team.

Giles previously worked as a vice-president of sales and strategy for NFL American football franchise the San Francisco 49ers, overseeing the team’s move to the Levi’s Stadium.

Giles joins the Athletics with the team set to move into a new stadium of its own in the near future. The club tweeted back in April that it would announce details of a new ballpark site “later this year”.

The A’s currently play at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, a stadium it shares with NFL franchise the Oakland Raiders.

The Coliseum is the only stadium in the US that is shared by professional football and baseball teams.

The A’s moved to Oakland in 1968 from Kansas City, with 2017 being the team’s 50th season.

Earlier this year, the Raiders announced plans to move to Las Vegas, although the team is set to continue playing at the ground for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

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