Oakland Raiders Relocation Gaining Interest Around the League
If you’ve been in-tune with what’s been going on with the Oakland Raiders in regards to their relocating, then you know that Las Vegas has been the city
talked about most. Well, that talk is still going on and continues to gain support and interest from key figures around the league.
First, it was Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones voicing his support over the move to Las Vegas. Now, it’s New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft voicing his opinion in a recent interview with USA Today Sports. Kraft stated:
“I think it would be good for the NFL. I know Mark Davis has tried so hard in Oakland. If they won’t do it … I want to support him.”
Although a lot has to happen before this becomes a thing, it still remains a strong possibility. There is a meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina where the NFL owners will have an agenda to speak upon. However, it has been reported that the Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas won’t be on that agenda. Optimism still lurks, though, in regards to Roger Goodell’s comments a month ago — when he stated that he wouldn’t dismiss the Raiders’ interest in Las Vegas.
Another key figure that is all for this move is Carolyn Goodman, the Mayor of Las Vegas. She commented on the situation, stating that she had a good feeling the Raiders “will come if Nevada handles this properly.”
If all goes well, where would they play? Well, they would need to build an arena, one that has already been in the planning works. Al Davis, Oakland Raiders’ owner, has already pledged to put $500,000,000 towards the construction of the domed stadium, which is reported to be valued at $1.4 billion. Another $150 million was pledged by the Sands and Majestic Realty, which leaves $750 million left for the taxpayers.
In order to approve diverting room-tax funds for this new stadium in Las Vegas, they would need to hold a special session of the Nevada Legislature, which won’t be meeting again until 2017. Even if all goes well there, the NFL owners would then have to meet and vote to approve the relocation. To pass, 24 of the 32 owners have to vote in favor of Al Davis. It seems as though that won’t be too big of a problem, though.
In my opinion, the Raiders moving to Las Vegas would be a nice addition for the NFL. Change is usually a good thing, and the Raiders could definitely use some good right now.
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