Oakland Raiders plan move to Las Vegas
Oakland Raiders plan move to Las Vegas In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, center, meets with Raiders fans after speaking at a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File/Eric Gay)
Oakland Raiders plan move to Las Vegas
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First, the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights. Soon, maybe, the Las Vegas Raiders.
 
Once looked on with disdain by major sports leagues, the gambling city of Las Vegas, Nevada, is now just 24 votes away from cashing in on one of the biggest sports jackpots ever.
 
The Raiders made it official by filing for relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the culmination of a whirlwind romance to bring an NFL team to a city that the league had previously gone out of its way to shun because of sports betting fears.
 
League owners are expected to vote on the move in March, and it's hard to find anyone betting it won't happen.
 
"I don't know how you can put a price on this," said Steve Sisolak, a county commissioner who has been involved in the efforts to land the team in Las Vegas. "There are only 32 cities that can say they have an NFL team and we will be one of them."
 
Actually, there is a price on it. Tourists will pay increased room taxes to fund $750 million of the cost of a new $1.9 billion stadium as part of a deal approved through a special session of the Nevada Legislature and supported by powerful casino owner Sheldon Adelson's family.
 
The stadium will be just off the glittering Las Vegas Strip, where the Golden Knights will begin play this fall in a new arena of their own. The expansion hockey team is the first major sports franchise to call the city home.
 
"Without the Golden Knights, I don't know if the Raiders would have thought this was a viable market," Sisolak said. "They kind of broke the glass ceiling."
 
If approved, the move would be the third announced by an NFL team in a year as the league undergoes a geographic shift unlike any in recent history. The Rams returned to Los Angeles from St. Louis this season, while the San Diego Chargers will begin play in LA next season.
 
"(Raiders owner) Mark Davis is a man of his word and the filing of the Raiders' application for relocation of the franchise with the NFL is a significant step in bringing the team to Las Vegas," Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said.
 
The NFL has long been opposed to any association with Las Vegas, to the point where just a few years ago it refused to allow the city to advertise on the Super Bowl telecast because it offered legal betting. But the league's opposition has softened, and so has the stance of Commissioner Roger Goodell.
 
"I think there are some real strengths to the Las Vegas market," Goodell said at an owners' meeting in December. "It's clear the Las Vegas market has become a more diversified market, more broadly involved with entertainment, hosting big events. And there's a growth to the market."
 
Las Vegas, which has about 2.5 million people in the metropolitan area, would be a smaller market than the Bay Area of California. But fans from other cities are expected to fill a third of the proposed 65,000-seat stadium, and the team will also be able to draw on Raiders fans from throughout California.
 
Influential owners like Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots have spoken favorably about the prospects of a move, and Raiders owner Mark Davis has been lobbying behind the scenes to secure the votes of three-fourths of the 32 owners needed for relocation.
 
The vote is expected to take place during league meetings March 26-29 in Phoenix.
 
Davis has said the team will continue to play in Oakland until the Las Vegas stadium is finished, likely by the 2020 season. Two sites are being looked at for the stadium, both adjacent to the Strip.
 
One possible hang-up could be Adelson's participation in the project. He's the one who initiated conversations with Davis in January 2016, and was instrumental in getting a tax increase passed by the state legislature in October.
 
Adelson's family has offered $650 million toward the stadium, but has reached no deal with the Raiders yet. Team representatives say they have secured the funding to replace Adelson's investment in case a deal isn't reached. NFL rules prohibit casino operators from having ownership roles in teams.
 
Andy Abboud, the executive working on the project for Adelson, called the filing "one of those moments that makes it real" and vowed that necessary negotiations will be completed.
 
"The people of Las Vegas should be excited that the NFL is coming to town," Abboud told AP. "Business deals take time to work out, but everything will work out in the end."
 
The Raiders have two one-year options to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018 and are already taking season ticket renewals for next season. But the Raiders have largely ignored a proposal by former player Ronnie Lott to build a new stadium in Oakland to keep the team permanently.
 
"We are in this game and we are playing to win," Lott's group said in a statement, vowing to push ahead.
 
Under Davis' father, Hall of Fame owner Al Davis, the Raiders moved from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982 then returned to the East Bay in 1995.

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COMMENTS (18)
  • parkerz-cel
    2/06/2017 - 09:57 a.m.

    Strictly publicity. The raiders are now on the map again due to the publicity of every NFL team in California relocating. Sometimes change is good, and thanks to the $650 million dollar donation for the stadium the raiders might have just found what they've needed. Las Vegas taxes will pay $750 million of the $1.9 Billion price tag off of new hotel taxes. This move is bringing even more reasons for Las Vegas to further their party city atmosphere.

  • collinh-pla
    2/06/2017 - 12:09 p.m.

    The Oakland Raiders are trying to move to Las Vegas by 2020 at the earliest. In March the NFL will take a vote to decide if the Raiders can move to Las Vegas. For a long time the NFL has been against the city of Las Vegas because gambling is legal in the city. Taxpayers would pay $750 million of the $1.9 billion cost of a new stadium. The Adleson family, owners of casions, agreed to pay $650 million as well. The proposed moved has elicited civic responses from numerous groups. There have been former players that are attempting to keep the Raiders in Oakland by trying to gain finances and popular support. Adleson has been the main proponent in convincing the Raiders to move and persuading Las Vegas to make it happen. The Raiders possible move shows how people's activity in the community and nation (or lack thereof) can have real affects on their lives.

  • isaiahm-pla
    2/06/2017 - 02:14 p.m.

    The Raiders franchise is planning to move its home stadium to Las Vegas by 2020. While previously opposed to a team in Las Vegas, Roger Goodell (NFL commissioner) says there is now a large enough market for an NFL team there. Some Bay Area citizens have gotten involved in opposing the move. Ronnie Lott, who played for the team for two seasons during the 90s, has proposed construction of a new stadium in Oakland. To sway the decision either way will require involved and vocal citizens. The Raiders organization has moved in the past and it seems their home fans have not been involved enough previously to prevent a migration, and it is likely they will not this time either.

  • davisg-4-pla
    2/07/2017 - 12:03 p.m.

    Oakland Raiders Plan to Move to Las Vegas

    Summary: The Raiders have recently made it official that they will be relocating from Oakland to Las Vegas. Although some are happy with the change, others are worried about the high chance of sports betting now available to Los Angeles residence. The new stadium that is planned to be built for the raiders will cost an estimated 1.9 billion dollars. It will be paid for by increased room taxes, a deal approved by Nevada legislature. The stadium will hold 65,000 fans and will hopefully be ready for the 2017-2018 season when the raiders move to Las Vegas.

    Connection: My family and I went to Las vegas 5 years ago and I can personally say it's a really cool place. I'm very surprised there isn't already an NFL team there considering how big of a city it is. In my opinion I think that the Raiders moving to Las Vegas will be a great change and better the NFl and the Raiders corporation.

  • johnn1-mac
    2/10/2017 - 11:45 a.m.

    Golden Knights will begin play this fall in a new arena of their own. The Raiders have two one-year options to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018.

  • joeys-mac
    2/10/2017 - 11:52 a.m.

    The Raiders can benefit by moving because they will get more population and more fans witch will make them have more money witch means they can get better players.

  • noahr-ste
    2/10/2017 - 01:50 p.m.

    The raiders will benefit by having their own stadium is the biggest reason, they had to share with the Oakland A's. Plus Las Vegas has more money.

  • samc1-gru
    2/22/2017 - 10:23 a.m.

    They would probably benefit because the fact that Las Vegas has never had a NFL team, more the motivates the citizens to go. The reason there hasn't been a NFL team in Vegas is because the league shunned the city because of it's wild betting. Roger Goodell, (The NFL Commissioner) has said that he thinks that Vegas has changed in a good way. Although, I don't usually like it when fans lose their team, I can see the logic behind this move.

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