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NFL likely won’t let Raiders move to Las Vegas

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As Oakland continues to show no willingness to subsidize a new Raiders in stadium, the Raiders keeping looking for ways to squeeze the the town’s acorns.

San Antonio didn’t make Oakland flinch. And no one currently is taking a move to San Diego seriously.

Enter Las Vegas.

Via Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Raiders owner Mark Davis and Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson are scheduled to meet on Friday, possibly to discuss stadium details.

The Sands is proposing a $1 billion stadium on 42 acres near UNLV, where the school’s team — and an NFL franchise — would play.

“We are moving forward with the stadium concept with or without an NFL team,” Sands’ senior vice president of government relations and community development Andy Abboud said Thursday. “We see a lot more opportunities — conference championships, bowl games, NFL exhibition football, boxing, soccer, neutral site games, and music festivals. There is an entire segment out there.”

It all sounds intriguing, intriguing enough to make “Las Vegas Raiders” into a Thursday night trending topic on Twitter. However, the NFL previously has made clear that it has no interest in moving a team to Las Vegas, due to the legality of sports gambling there. The league consistently has opposed the expansion of legalized gambling in states like New Jersey and Delaware, and the NFL said in 2013 that it’s unlikely that the league would stage the Pro Bowl or sanction any other game to be played in Las Vegas.

The NFL has yet to throw water on the idea of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, possibly in an effort to get Oakland’s attention. But last year the NFL shut down an effort by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to host a fantasy-football convention at a non-gambling facility owned by, you guessed it, the Las Vegas Sands. It’s likely just a matter of time before the league makes it clear that the Raiders won’t be permitted to move to Las Vegas.

So the folks in Oakland, who have played this game of poker very well so far, aren’t about to freak out over the Raiders’ latest empty threat.

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  1. rolltide510 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:12 PM

    This could be fun. Sheldon Adelson could show the NFL its beating heart.

  2. aswaim3 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:13 PM

    And also, sports gambling and its DFS cousins are almost solely responsible for some of the best ratings in NFL history.

  3. ctiggs says: Jan 28, 2016 9:13 PM

    They should go to vegas… nfl sponsors gambling anyways

  4. luther6 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:16 PM

    It’s good to see that Adelson can take some time away from subsidizing extremist views in the Middle East to cause problems on the continent where he actually lives.

  5. buhbay1c says: Jan 28, 2016 9:18 PM

    Fixing games are so lucrative for gamblers, but they’re not willing to waste three hours of gas to try it in San Diego.

  6. vegasgreek says: Jan 28, 2016 9:26 PM

    if it was another franchise besides the raiders that wanted to move to vegas the nfl would allow it and even back them. they don’t want the raiders to ever get back on top and they still want to punish a dead al davis .

  7. tooz72 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:27 PM

    Al Davis would have laughed at the NFL, drank some goat’s blood and moved to Las Vegas just to spite Roger

  8. claritysolution says: Jan 28, 2016 9:30 PM

    Surprised London isn’t being thrown around as the bogie man this time around. Kudos to Oakland politicians and voters for not giving into billionaires and throwing hundreds of millions away at corporate welfare and billionaire welfare. Save limited taxpayer dollars for police and schools.

  9. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:36 PM

    Sheldon Anderson is one of the worst human beings on the planet. A good fit with the Raiders.

  10. bobthebillsfan says: Jan 28, 2016 9:39 PM

    Too bad, they would be perfect for each other.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:39 PM

    The only gambling the league wants is daily fantasy where their shadow ownership of the sites is making them additional hidden billions.

    The don’t get a piece of Vegas betting so of course they don’t want it.

  12. kd75 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:43 PM

    Steve Wynn would build the best stadium this side of Jupiter.

  13. darcrequiem says: Jan 28, 2016 9:46 PM

    They should have taken San Antonio up on their offer….

  14. spiffybiff says: Jan 28, 2016 9:47 PM

    League loves to pretend gambling doesn’t exist…. Funny thing is the players are among some of the worst degenerates of society and have a horrible cba that underplays in comparison to other sports and allows for their contracts to be written in pencil. But if you ask the nfl they have had no reason to suspect and funny business regarding gambling. Despite the fact every other pro and smarter sport has and they get uncovered almost monthly on a global scale

  15. jagsfanugh says: Jan 28, 2016 9:48 PM

    As if the NFL could stop the move. Al Davis says hi from the grave.

  16. rjc32586 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:49 PM

    I can think of no more fitting marriage than the Raiders franchise and the city of Las Vegas. And, as many have pointed out, the NFL’s proclamations against gambling are laughably hypocritical.

  17. mrx149 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:50 PM

    All the league has to do is put in a request with the state not to accept wagers on Raiders games and they would comply. For many years, Caesars properties couldn’t accept wagers on Celtics games because the CEO was part owner of the Celtics.

  18. shadywarrior says: Jan 28, 2016 9:51 PM

    The Raiders are such a classic NFL franchise. Classic uniforms, classic logo, an undeniable aura, for better or worse….but they just can’t pick a city and stay there. It’s so unsettling to me for some reason.

  19. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 28, 2016 9:51 PM

    Oakland’s stance is, and has been, “If you want to build yourself a stadium, here’s some land. Otherwise, happy trails”.
    Pretty good stance.
    They won’t flinch. They’ve been burned before.
    Davis is going to have to figure this out himself.
    Personally, I think he’s going to have to sell. The NFL has pretty much painted him into that corner.

  20. chawk12thman says: Jan 28, 2016 9:52 PM

    100 Million from the NFL after the L.A. deal fell through, plus the 500 Million relocation fee not having to be assessed equals 600 Million that would be available for the Raiders to contribute towards a new stadium in Oakland. That is in addition to the money that would normally need to be spent on a new stadium elsewhere……I don’t see why the economics don’t work for the Raiders to stay put. Surely, a billion dollars would get you a new, top tier stadium.

  21. spiffybiff says: Jan 28, 2016 9:55 PM

    Raiders to la Chargers to San Antonio. Makes the most sense for everyone and the fans

  22. cribbage12 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:55 PM

    And what happens when the Raiders can’t field a practice team because 60% of the players were busted for solicitation, DUI, battery, possession of cocaine/pot/whatever. I’d LOVE to see them in Vegas – just to see what would happen.

  23. stanstandard says: Jan 28, 2016 9:55 PM

    Total and complete hypocrisy from the NFL. You can walk into games in London and bet on those games at the game! Facts are gaming commission prevents and catches cheaters , East coast bookies are the ones w/o oversight are the danger. Pull you head out of the sand NFL>

  24. boogerhut says: Jan 28, 2016 9:59 PM

    So a billion dollar co building its own stadium is verboten but trying to hook taxpayers for a billion dollar stadium is fine?

  25. rodd1 says: Jan 28, 2016 10:01 PM

    You’re the lawyer Mike … don’t tell us the obvious ie NFL would oppose any team moving to Vegas … tell us what the Raiders legal options/chances are to move to Vegas despite NFL opposition !!!

  26. raynman49 says: Jan 28, 2016 10:03 PM

    Thanks. Be man enough to give me a reason.

  27. rcali says: Jan 28, 2016 10:05 PM

    Funny how all we hear about is how many bets are coming in on this game and the NFL who would sell their mothers for money yet they won’t embrace how much more they could make by supporting it. Eventually folks the well will run dry and the NFL will all of a sudden get in the game.

  28. thefatlazygamer says: Jan 28, 2016 10:21 PM

    Can’t move to Vegas but sportsbooks are all the rage in London. Makes sense. Dumb dumb also wants a team there despite the numerous travel and visa issues (crime) it causes.

  29. polapea says: Jan 28, 2016 10:28 PM

    The hypocrisy of the NFL never ends. They claim to be against sports betting but they still require injury reports which are used to set the line by Vegas.

  30. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Jan 28, 2016 10:32 PM

    cribbage12 says:
    Jan 28, 2016 9:55 PM
    And what happens when the Raiders can’t field a practice team because 60% of the players were busted for solicitation, DUI, battery, possession of cocaine/pot/whatever. I’d LOVE to see them in Vegas – just to see what would happen.
    ___________________________________
    you act like these things can’t or haven’t happened in other NFL cities. Hell, they happen in NON nil cities as well.

  31. dogsweat9 says: Jan 28, 2016 10:54 PM

    Build the Stadium outside of Henderson, there is no place that fits the Raiders like Vegas.

    It is a beautiful fit. Also the Raiders can draw their monster- L.A. fan base.

    The Dodgers and Lakers have a huge fan base in Vegas and the Raiders do too.

  32. jimbo75025 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:02 PM

    By letting the Rams move the league destroyed their LA trump card. No city is going to cave very easily anymore.

    LA was more valuable to the league not having a team than with a team there.

  33. mcjon22 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:10 PM

    NFL Sundays would be boring without gambling.

    But you go right ahead and keep your head in the sand Rodger

  34. patsfiend says: Jan 28, 2016 11:14 PM

    I’m telling you it would be like Mad Max all the Raiders fans on the freeways through the desert from L.A. and Oak-town headed to the games in Vegas. DO IT!

    Nomads. Pirates. The Vegas Raiders. It’s kind of perfect. This is from a Pats fan.

  35. bullseye717 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:17 PM

    With the lawsuit losing streak the NFL has been on, do you really want to bet on the NFL over Raiders/Vegas? Actually, anyone want some action on this?

  36. charger383 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:22 PM

    love the Raiders but Sheldon Anderson is evil

  37. goodluckking says: Jan 28, 2016 11:26 PM

    San Antonio Raiders….love it, screw Jerra

  38. kevo95 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:28 PM

    Let them move !Oakland will be a better place

  39. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 28, 2016 11:34 PM

    Atlanta has legalized gambling, they have a team.

    Nearly every tribe in Washington State has at least one casino, Seattle has a team.

    Indiana has over a dozen casinos, they have a team.

    Louisiana parties at casinos, they have a team.

    Illinois and Missouri have riverboats, they each have a team.

    New Jersey and Pennsylvania have legalized gambling, and they each have TWO teams.

    The NFL isn’t afraid to move a team to Las Vegas due to the legality of sports gambling there…

    They’re afraid of the people who own Las Vegas.

  40. PacificNWMark says: Jan 28, 2016 11:44 PM

    This from the league that co-owns daily fantasy sports leagues. There’s no evidence the NFL’s hypocrisy has any bounds, whatsoever.

  41. tdubdizzle says: Jan 28, 2016 11:56 PM

    “So the folks in Oakland, who have played this game of poker very well so far, aren’t about to freak out over the Raiders’ latest empty threat.”

    I’m a huge Oakland Raiders fan. I lived just a couple miles from the coliseum all my life and sometimes my family and I would walk to the games. I could even hear the announcer listing off the lineups before A’s and Raiders games from my house.

    The Raiders are my hometown team, they are the first love of my life, but the way they have treated their fans is disgusting.

    I will always be a Raider but i have lost all respect for Mark Davis.

  42. 33bennygh says: Jan 29, 2016 12:08 AM

    So, get this dude Adelson to build his $1 billion dollar stadium in Oakland and Davis sells him part of the team.

    Next.

  43. raidermark says: Jan 29, 2016 12:14 AM

    Sheldon Adelson could fart out enough legal might in a courtroom to crush the NFL. Dude is a stud. Not like that sycophant freak George Soros who truly does hate this country and try to tear it down.

  44. zeke2517 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:18 AM

    Oh, right. The league doesn’t like gambling. Right.

    Unless, of course, they’re sponsored by the gambling operations themselves. Then it’s a game of skill.

  45. TomsulasMustache says: Jan 29, 2016 12:19 AM

    tdubdizzle says:
    Jan 28, 2016 11:56 PM
    “So the folks in Oakland, who have played this game of poker very well so far, aren’t about to freak out over the Raiders’ latest empty threat.”

    I’m a huge Oakland Raiders fan. I lived just a couple miles from the coliseum all my life and sometimes my family and I would walk to the games. I could even hear the announcer listing off the lineups before A’s and Raiders games from my house.

    The Raiders are my hometown team, they are the first love of my life, but the way they have treated their fans is disgusting.

    I will always be a Raider but i have lost all respect for Mark Davis.
    _________
    This is a really naive comment

  46. mdintino1420 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:20 AM

    Las Vegas is a high growth area. The NHL will be expanding to Las Vegas in a couple of years. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the NFL to stake it’s claim in Las Vegas. Getting a new stadium in Oaklnad seems like a lost cause. It hasn’t gotten done in over ten years. In my heart, I want the Raiders to stay in Oakland. But I’m aware of the economic reality of today’s world.

    BTW, it would be hypocritical of the NFL not to allow a team to move to Vegas. MANY MILLIONS of people bet anyways.

  47. TomsulasMustache says: Jan 29, 2016 12:28 AM

    Mark Davis is willing to sell ownership, which he already doesn’t have full ownership. He is willing to build a smaller stadium to stay in Oakland. He is willing to make sacrifice to stay and for the fans.

    What some don’t understand, is Mark isn’t nearly as rich and powerful in business as any of the other owners, and think about what he’s working with. The large investment firms aren’t rushing to invest in a stadium because, for one, it’s Oakland (not Santa Clara tech hub. Although Oakland is very up and coming and will become more so). Further the team image/fan base works against them for selling corporate psl’s, the somewhat lower income overall fan base works against selling individual psl’s. Not to mention the team has been awwwful the last 13 years and struggled to fill seats.

    They can try to find private investment, but Mark has to be smart about how much he gives up. If he gives too many concessions when he could have gone to another market or worked something out with the city, then it’s a bad business move. A guy like Larry Ellison of Oracle is going to want control and be the face. If you owned an NFL team, would you sell it? Heck no, unless it was an absurd offer like $5 billion.

    I just dont blame Mark for using leverage and exhausting options while this all plays out. I really don’t think Al would be doing better here. Who knows, Al always did want the Vegas market. Maybe Mark pulls an Al and sues the league for blocking the move. Kidding….

  48. raiderssf says: Jan 29, 2016 12:31 AM

    If the Raiders (this includes Al Davis too) spent 1/2 of the time they end up spending on leaking threats to the media, lawsuits, meetings with cities (other than Oakland) on actually getting new stadium a Oakland, they would be playing in a nice football only stadium Oakland by now.

  49. NinersRule says: Jan 29, 2016 12:46 AM

    It would be awesome to have the Raiders in LV. Every game would be a sellout. Fans of every team on the schedule would flock to Vegas and have a football-party week before going to the game. Las Vegas would be one of the top NFL cities instantly.

    The NFL is missing a huge opportunity here.

  50. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:53 AM

    ……….if Mark Davis had any bals he would take the best deal left on the table…San Antonio…but that would require a fight against jerry jones and bob mcnair who dont want the Raiders in the Texas market. If Mark wants the easy way out, he’ll move the team to San Diego who will emprace him and the team. Uggg…as a NFL purest the San Diego Raiders just sounds awful. But hey the NFL AINT what it use to be……

  51. ldloudin says: Jan 29, 2016 12:57 AM

    Tdubdizzle, if Oakland wants to retain their team, they’re in the driver’s seat. All they have to do is negotiate in good faith instead of telling MD to suck it up & play in that O.Co outhouse on the dirt infield until he can save up the $$ to build his own replacement. If the Raiders move, it will be on your lousy city & county officials for looking like the ‘hear, see & speak no evil monkeys’ doing nothing while another city takes the team away from you.

  52. powpow042 says: Jan 29, 2016 2:05 AM

    And guess who Sheldon Adelson’s new PR guy is?????

    Yep….Mark Fabiani.

  53. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jan 29, 2016 2:16 AM

    I know this is a non starter, but maybe Mark and Jed could enter some mediation program and fix their differences – It would be a lot easier (for taxpayers)for 2 teams to share a (Levi’s) stadium.

  54. huck222 says: Jan 29, 2016 2:20 AM

    The Raiders should move to north San Diego county in a new stadium and call themselves the “California Raiders”! This would kill the Rams & Chargers organizations. They would be closer to their Los Angels fans and the other surrounding counties (Ventura, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino) in a 65,000 seat stadium. The sell outs would be plentiful! It’s a marketing dream for the Raiders….

  55. dreadpirate88 says: Jan 29, 2016 2:33 AM

    bleedingfacemask says:
    Jan 28, 2016 11:34 PM
    Atlanta has legalized gambling, they have a team.

    Nearly every tribe in Washington State has at least one casino, Seattle has a team.

    Indiana has over a dozen casinos, they have a team.

    Louisiana parties at casinos, they have a team.

    Illinois and Missouri have riverboats, they each have a team.

    New Jersey and Pennsylvania have legalized gambling, and they each have TWO teams.

    The NFL isn’t afraid to move a team to Las Vegas due to the legality of sports gambling there…

    They’re afraid of the people who own Las Vegas.
    ————————————–

    Quite right. And there’s one more to add to the list: a new casino just opened right across the freeway from University of Phoenix Stadium. You can see the casino from the stadium parking lot. I don’t think the NFL will be moving the Cardinals as a result of that.

  56. haluvagi says: Jan 29, 2016 2:41 AM

    You heard it here first: Las Vegas Ramblers. It combines Raiders and Gamblers and defines the team (always on the move).

  57. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 29, 2016 3:44 AM

    If Raiders had to move, Lost Wages is perfect place for that team. Broken dreams, lit facades hiding decay underneath, everything built last week but so cheap it’s already falling down, and it all smells like an ashtray.

    Close by for their training facility is a convenient former nuclear wasteland.

    Al Davis would’ve loved it.

  58. jimmysee says: Jan 29, 2016 5:19 AM

    Obviously the NFL doesn’t want a team in Las Vegas — it would compete with the NFL’s financial interest in those so called, scammy, and heavily advertised fantasy sites, where real folks invested $24 and won millions through their football acumen, as under investigation in many states, and barred by some.

  59. jimmysee says: Jan 29, 2016 5:21 AM

    Obviously the NFL doesn’t want a team in Las Vegas — it would compete with the NFL’s financial interest in those so called, scammy, and heavily advertised daily fantasy sites, where real folks invested $24 and won millions through their football acumen, as under investigation in many states, and barred by some.

  60. grandstandrice says: Jan 29, 2016 6:37 AM

    Oh. My. God. An NFL team in Sin City? There are naughty people who bet on football games there. The horror!

  61. stl45fan says: Jan 29, 2016 6:43 AM

    I would think that the Vegas gamblers & businessmen would not want the slimey corrupt NFL in their town…..

  62. gmen32 says: Jan 29, 2016 6:50 AM

    The Raiders could always move to Toronto. Unfortunately, they would have to give away 30,000 tickets each game to fill the stadium.

  63. kane337 says: Jan 29, 2016 7:09 AM

    Oregon Raiders!

  64. bobsnygiants says: Jan 29, 2016 7:21 AM

    Take NFL to court.

  65. guitarmaninks says: Jan 29, 2016 7:45 AM

    Davis takes the NFL to court he wins…They have never changed the voting rules to a simple majority which is according the the judge is why he ruled against the NFL in the first go round,.

  66. thenameisredskins says: Jan 29, 2016 8:07 AM

    If the reason that the NFL would oppose a move of the Raiders to Las Vegas is that it is too closely associated to gambling, then they need to immediately re evaluate. You can place sports bets in Atlantic City, NJ. Noone is telling the Giants and Jets to relocate out of the Meadowlands. You can place sports bets in Delaware, which is extremely close to Philly. Noone is telling the Eagles to move. The fact is that gambling has become a major revenue stream for many state governments. The NFL’s view on Vegas is antiquated. The city of Vegas has grown so much over the last 20 years, and has become a sprawling city with a suburban area that stretches out to 30 miles beyond the strip. An NFL team would make a ton of money there. And the league would have the most successful super bowl in history in Vegas.

  67. usedjock says: Jan 29, 2016 8:28 AM

    Johnny Manziel was finally spotted during the offseason. He was seen banging on the Raiders front office doors begging for a job.

  68. coachkilo says: Jan 29, 2016 8:43 AM

    The Goodell era has marked one bad decision after another. If the current group tries to derail a LVG move for the stated reasons, Adelson will own the NFL after the courts finish ruling.

  69. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 29, 2016 8:56 AM

    They aren’t going anywhere people.. This is all just Mark trying to get the city of Oakland (politicians) off their butts to get a stadium deal in place. With Mack, Carr and Cooper, the future looks bright…

  70. vipod4ever says: Jan 29, 2016 9:03 AM

    The first shoe will drop when the NHL moves to Vegas.

    Bill Foley, the billionaire businessman who has filed an application for an NHL expansion franchise that would begin play in 2017, said Thursday he would welcome a move of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. “I’d buy a suite,” Foley said.

    Florio, you don’t think for one second the NFL or NBA will be left out in the cold?

    This is leverage of course to get a deal done in Oakland, but Vegas is building either way and that is very appealing to M.Davis.

  71. gergie1957 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:18 AM

    Right, My guess is the NFL doesn’t want to be that close to “Gambling”. You can bet on it.

  72. hippieway says: Jan 29, 2016 9:18 AM

    The NFL doesn’t like Vegas due to gambling. Now everybody keep quiet we don’t want the NFL to hear about the Internet.

  73. expatnyker says: Jan 29, 2016 9:26 AM

    So THAT’s why the NFL will not move to London, legalized gambling, and at the arenas no less!

  74. mogogo1 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:26 AM

    Is this as “likely” as when they weren’t going to allow the Rams to move to LA?

  75. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jan 29, 2016 9:28 AM

    Bible reading, god-fearing football tv audiences (hey, whatever makes you happy is fine by me) and Vegas funding would not make comfortable bedfellows.

    TV companies and NFL Franchise Owners, on the other hand, are masters of in the art of hypocrisy, with a long lineage to show for it.

    This may yet happen.

  76. joebaronich says: Jan 29, 2016 9:28 AM

    But the NFL let’s you play one day fantasy football anywhere you want (that’s legal anyway).

  77. bocabob12 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:34 AM

    the visions of the Las Vegas Raidaaaas is intriguing. I can visualize the bigger than life massive stadium, with all kinds of gizmo stuff, some sort of nfl 7d ride attached to it) show girls (topless?) for cheerleaders, cirque do sol’e actors flying around with the field and sky cameras, card tables in the lounges, free drinks, hotels giving comps for tickets to suites, free upgrades to better seats if you flip a c note, etc, free tickets and hotel packages for away team fans with players cards etc…. shoot, it would be a blast!

  78. jm91rs says: Jan 29, 2016 9:35 AM

    I’d pull the power play and move them if I were Mark Davis. It makes a ton of sense to move somewhere that will be able to provide private funding for the Stadium, plus the Raiders can help get back their bad boy image.

    My guess is that the Rams and or Chargers were hoping to tap the Vegas market since LA would be the closest NFL venue for them, so this would probably greatly upset the new LA teams.

  79. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 29, 2016 9:44 AM

    The NFL has no real power to stop Davis. His dad defied the NFL, the son should too. Bleep the NFL.

  80. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 29, 2016 10:22 AM

    The Las Vegas Raiders should bring Johnny Manziel on as their starting QB.

    What could go wrong?
    :)

  81. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 29, 2016 10:42 AM

    I want a Super Bowl in Vegas.

    Best. Host. City. Ever.
    :)

  82. thetooloftools says: Jan 29, 2016 10:47 AM

    ______ Raiders…. will always be my team.

  83. nyneal says: Jan 29, 2016 11:06 AM

    The NFL is so hypocritical. Everyone knows that the NFL loves the millions of dollars that are bet on the games every week. It stirs interest in the product, and that’s all they care about. The NFL will stop at nothing to make more money, and anyone who doesn’t see that is blind.
    So not letting the Raiders move to Las Vegas is a joke. In fact, if any sports team should move there, it should be the Raiders. They have always had an image of crossing the line, so they’d be perfect in Vegas.
    And f they moved there, they could hire Art Schlichter and Pete Rose as part of their financial team. Rose could work the casinos and Schlichter could work the prisoners to drum up more betting.
    So c’mon NFL — let the Raiders move to Las Vegas!

  84. raideryankee says: Jan 29, 2016 11:12 AM

    @Mike Florio – The Raiders do not need the NFL’s approval to relocate. Do you recall Al’s Anti-Trust lawsuit against the NFL? With Sheldon Alderson onboard the NFL would lose anyway if they tried to take it back to court.

  85. Drexel University Course: Digital Media in Sports says: Jan 29, 2016 11:17 AM

    The NFL is so against gambling that they discuss the Vegas lines on their broadcasts and half the franchise owners invested in Draft Kings or Fan Duel

  86. mmack66 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:18 AM

    They should name it Draftkings/Fanduel Coliseum.

  87. armoderate says: Jan 29, 2016 11:25 AM

    This marriage with Sheldon Adelson says volumes about Davis. Don’t let the door hit you in the a##. I’m not surprised.

  88. araidersfan says: Jan 29, 2016 12:04 PM

    Although I strongly prefer that they stay in Oakland, I don’t necessarily think a move to Vegas would be a bad thing.

    It would also be a bit ironic in that Al Davis had a real estate partnership with Alan Glick ( re-named ‘Philip Green’ in Martin Scorcese’s ‘Casino’ movie) who was a figurehead front-man for a mob-run casino in the 70s where there was a mysterious murder involved (Tamara Rand). During the trial in the Raiders lawsuit against the NFL, the NFL lawyers tried to tie Davis to the mob and the Tamara Rand case because of his association with Glick but it didn’t stick.

  89. ebdug says: Jan 29, 2016 12:12 PM

    “Nobody’s gonna fix NFL games but me” – Roger Goodell

  90. granadafan says: Jan 29, 2016 12:14 PM

    LOL at anyone who thinks Davis is serious. This is just a pathetic attempt to get the Oakland taxpayers to put an even BIGGER debt on the tax lien from the original renovations that we’re STILL paying off.

    Billionaires should pay for their own work places. Oh, you want gold-plated rails and a 30 person in-suite jacuzzi? Pay for it yourself.

  91. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:17 PM

    That would be great with Wayne Newton and Zigfried and Roy on the sidelines…

  92. charger383 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:30 PM

    Even Elvis would show up

  93. tyjohn47 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:39 PM

    Just a question for those who are citing other teams in states/cities where casinos are located: Do these casinos have a sports book? If so, that point is legit. If they don’t, that’s the biggest reason why pro sports leagues have stayed away from planting a franchise in Vegas.

    It isn’t the casinos, where geezers play the penny and nickle slots, poker machines, etc. It’s the sports books that take bets on games that have the pro sports leagues freaked out.

    I’m not judging, mind you. It seems a little behind the times to me to still be clinging to that but just pointing it out.

  94. JSpicoli says: Jan 29, 2016 1:50 PM

    I can’t believe most of you people have IQ’s over 70 and you still fall for this dog and pony.

  95. unlvrebelx says: Jan 29, 2016 3:53 PM

    The NFL knows that Las Vegas isn’t where people bet on fixed games. The books in Vegas are too transparent. There’s far less risk of game fixing in Nevada as there is in…well…any other state. The east coast is where you have bookies and organized crime that don’t open their books, and where major sports fixing issues have been uncovered. It doesn’t happen, nearly at all, in Vegas. The times people have tried it through Vegas books, it’s been uncovered and exposed.

    For those thinking this is just a ruse….you may be right. It’s possible that this is to pressure Oakland. That actually may be a given. However, I personally believe that it’s being done to pressure Oakland, but it’s also a SERIOUS threat. Sheldon Addelson isn’t a guy to mess with. The guy was the 8th wealthiest person in the WORLD in 2013….and even though he’s dropped to the 18the wealthiest, he’s not anybody to underestimate. The richest owner in the NFL is Paul Allen. Sheldon Addelson has double the wealth of Paul Allen….if that doesn’t put pressure on Oakland, I don’t know what will.

    I, for one, am not just taking Addelson’s involvement with all this with a grain of salt. In fact, if Davis wants to move to Vegas after striking out with Oakland, I’d almost guarantee you that Addelson will get it done. He’ll make it happen, and Oakland should be very aware of that.

  96. zaphod424242 says: Jan 29, 2016 5:21 PM

    TomsulasMustache says:
    Jan 29, 2016 12:28 AM

    They can try to find private investment, but Mark has to be smart about how much he gives up. If he gives too many concessions when he could have gone to another market or worked something out with the city, then it’s a bad business move. A guy like Larry Ellison of Oracle is going to want control and be the face. If you owned an NFL team, would you sell it? Heck no, unless it was an absurd offer like $5 billion.

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    Larry Ellison owning the Raiders would be non-stop amusement. I would like to see him buy any team frankly because he would spend whatever it takes to win. The league needs more Paul Allen and less Jimmy Hasscam.

  97. fanofpft says: Jan 29, 2016 6:01 PM

    This is real dumb. Vegas should have had pro teams years ago. Just don’t have the local team on the betting boards if it is a conflict of interest.

    The NFL is always pushing for a shiny new Billion $ stadium. Well here is one. Oh yeah that’s right its not built on the backs of taxpayers like the CBA calls for.

  98. nineball26 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:52 PM

    LOFL

    yea because right at the moment the NFL is simply STRAIGHT UP LEGIT! oh and so are those officials…

    HILARIOUS

  99. nineball26 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:04 PM

    I really want someone to explain this one to me….

    seriously, “the NFL previously has made clear that it has no interest in moving a team to Las Vegas, due to the legality of sports gambling there”

    so what is he saying here? if Vegas has a team it will corrupt the NFL?

    its POSSIBLE to corrupt the NFL?

    please Mr. Goodel EXPLAIN yourself because the way I see it there IS NO WAY the nfl can get any more corrupt, rigged or hocus pocus than it is right now..??????????????????????????????????????

    and if you want to argue its not so be it, but PLEASE explain why if Las Vegas were to get a team it would interfere with LEGIT gambling or football in any way shape or form?

    doesn’t Las Vegas have NCAA Basketball and Football? both those leagues seem to be doing just fine today?

    the way you worded that you are trying to make it sound as if there are a bunch of criminals running Vegas and if they get an NFL it will destroy the entire integrity of the NFL and bad things will happen like Bellycheck and his crew illegally filming other teams playbooks from the stands? or DEFLATING FOOTBALLS? or bounties perhaps?

    what EXACTLY are you saying here Mr Goodell?

  100. nopepper123 says: Jan 30, 2016 1:55 PM

    I live in Vegas……..and I’ll tell you right now………Build a 65,000 seat stadium and expect about 40,000 a game at first and within a few years expect it to drop to 30,000. That being said, I would be one of the 30K.

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