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NFL talking points say no ban on a team in Vegas, or anywhere

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Amid talk that the Raiders could move to Las Vegas, the NFL has urged all 32 teams to stay quiet about the matter — but not to rule anything out if they do talk.

A memo distributed to all 32 teams’ PR directors noted that “There is no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city.” In other words, the league doesn’t have a set policy against playing in Las Vegas.

However, any move would have to get the support of 24 owners. And it’s very, very unlikely that 24 owners would vote to allow the Raiders to move to Las Vegas. The NFL has long tried to keep gambling at arm’s length, and it’s hard to keep gambling at arm’s length when you’re in the world’s gambling Mecca.

The talking points sent out by the NFL to the teams’ PR directors start with, “There have been reports over the last day about a proposal to construct a new stadium in Las Vegas in connection with a possible move of the Raiders to Las Vegas. If your club owner or executives are asked about this, there is no need to comment.” In other words, the league would prefer that talk of a team in Vegas is kept quiet.

If an owner does comment, however, the league urged PR directors to remember that no proposal has been made, and it would be speculative to comment at this time. The league doesn’t want to rule Vegas out, but the NFL is a long way from playing there.

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38 Responses to “NFL talking points say no ban on a team in Vegas, or anywhere”
  1. psubeerman21 says: Jan 30, 2016 2:14 PM

    Both San Antonio and Vegas are lies to get oakland to pony up cash and/or land for a stadium. There is no viable place to move for the raiders, except possibly San diego.

  2. 9ersruledude says: Jan 30, 2016 2:18 PM

    The NFL won’t even let us advertised our awesome city of Las Vegas during the Super Bowl, so we don’t stand a chance of getting a team here. Too bad because though because it would be awesome!!!

  3. JSpicoli says: Jan 30, 2016 2:25 PM

    Only it just won’t happen

  4. peytonmanningsforehead says: Jan 30, 2016 2:30 PM

    The pressure is now on Oakland city council. The possibility of moving to Vegas combined with the Chokers pulling out of the LA deal gives the Raiders more leverage. So, just build the Raiders a new stadium in Oakland (where they belong) and call it a day.

  5. ebdug says: Jan 30, 2016 2:53 PM

    Gambling saved pro football in the fifties, and it’s hopeful gambling will save pro football again.

  6. joemontanafootball16 says: Jan 30, 2016 3:10 PM

    Johnny Manziel would be a perfect fit for the Vegas Raiders. I’m sure in a town like that he’d finally get his act together.

  7. warrensip says: Jan 30, 2016 3:10 PM

    The NFL wants a team in Vegas badly. Just not the Raiders.

    It is the perfect city and franchise though. I’m on the east coast and will go to Vegas Raider games at least twice a year. What a great quick weekend vacation destination.

  8. tamboafl says: Jan 30, 2016 3:23 PM

    Sports betting is legal in London, as matter of fact there are more sports betting parlours than sports books in Vegas, yet the NFL continues to push for more and more games in London. Yes, it’s best if the NFL keeps it’s trap shut about a team in Vegas.

  9. purpleguy says: Jan 30, 2016 3:24 PM

    They’d only need to sell 30,000 season tickets, as Vegas would be a dream location for fans of the visiting team.

  10. charger383 says: Jan 30, 2016 4:08 PM

    This east coast Raiders fan would combine trip to Vegas with seeing Raiders game. No way would I go to Oakland

  11. bleck5 says: Jan 30, 2016 4:16 PM

    Both San Antonio and Las Vegas would be far better options for the Raiders than the dump Oakland.

    They will never let them build a proper stadium there.

  12. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 30, 2016 4:51 PM

    I think a team based in Las Vegas would be terrific move by the NFL. And this whole betting thing is so hypocritical. After all it was the point spread and Las Vegas that made the NFL what it is today.

  13. fanofpft says: Jan 30, 2016 5:03 PM

    “There is no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city.”

    Vatican city?

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 30, 2016 5:15 PM

    No NFL team plays in San Francisco. One of the biggest cities in the nation. The Raiders pot of gold is there. Find an investor(s), cut the check for the stadium without city money, call the squad something like The Bay Raiders/Golden State Raiders and watch the money pour in.

    Oakland cats like myself wouldn’t like it, but they would crush the game with a Stadium in Frisco. Their pockets will be fat like the San Francisco Giants.

  15. spiffybiff says: Jan 30, 2016 6:01 PM

    A stadium in San Francisco? Same reason there aren’t any in Manhattan….. Too expensive. Really surprised that had not already occurred to you

  16. jjfootball says: Jan 30, 2016 6:05 PM

    Any team can go anywhere, except the Raiders?
    NFL corruption!

  17. rcali says: Jan 30, 2016 6:07 PM

    I think when the Sands said they would pay for a new Stadium Roger went a little pee pee in his pants. The NFL would put teams on Mars if the Aliens would pay for it.

  18. 6jaws9 says: Jan 30, 2016 6:15 PM

    The NFL needs a new city to be able to hold all currant teams hostage.

  19. campcouch says: Jan 30, 2016 6:25 PM

    But they’ll run fantasy football commercials 20x a game.

  20. tonebones says: Jan 30, 2016 6:41 PM

    There would be a pretty strong home field advantage. All the visiting players would be out all night. Then players’ wives would want to make sure they attend this away game. Would be quite a distraction for the visiting coaches.

  21. eljefedelmundo says: Jan 30, 2016 7:32 PM

    And Jerry Jones holds a press conference about it in 3 2 …

  22. ashhole420 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:07 PM

    The Raiders should really move to Portland, Oregon!!!!
    That is by far the best place for the Raiders to move to and make a huge impact both in profits and in the amount of hardcore fans that would be created!!!

    Plus Portland makes the most sense for the Raiders to play there with the city’s history of shanghai kidnappings turning men into pirates and such.

    The Oregon Raiders has a great ring to it.

    i bet if the Raiders would move to Portland, Oregon the rivalry game against seattle would be very very heated.




  23. badmoonrison says: Jan 30, 2016 8:42 PM

    As a Raider fan, I am praying for this…

  24. finchy74 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:15 PM

    The league would happily put a team in the 7th circle of hell if it made them money.

  25. vegasgreek says: Jan 30, 2016 10:03 PM

    al davis won his case vs the nfl to move to LA. there fore mark davis can move to vegas and roger goodell can’t stop him legally. all the jealous owners who hated al davis and still want to punish him in his mausoleum really want to see the raiders contracted and disbanded from the nfl unless they are sold to a rich clueless bozo who knows nothing about football. they know the raiders will dominate pro football with a home in vegas. right now the raiders are 73 million under the cap with a great young QB in derek carr. a permanent vegas home means no state income taxes in nevada giving the team and potential free agency a huge advantage to play there. the evil empire of the nfl in sin city will be poetic justice for the past 12 years of hell and misery for raider nation. we live in the 21st century digital age , vegas and the raiders are american pro sports perfect fit. goodell can play games and try to move another team there and block the raiders. if that happens oscar good man the ex mayor of vegas and multi billionare sheldon adelson will sue the nfl and win just like al davis did.

  26. dejadoh says: Jan 30, 2016 10:39 PM

    Wait until Jan 16, 2017. Then is the Bolts head north to LA, move the Raiders to San Diego. The Q is a much better stadium than

  27. ebhaynz says: Jan 30, 2016 11:16 PM

    The NFL is a perfect metaphor for what’s happening in America. The rich are sacrificing the future of their businesses by greedily stealing all the money they can NOW . They’ll be the ones with their bazillion dollar mansions on the hill in a gated community while everyone and every business is left in ruins.

    Think the NFL will be still as big 5-10 years from now? I can’t even watch a single, solitary game because there’s 63 commercials BEFORE halftime. The NFL got so greedy they took the fun out of the game.

  28. jimmysee says: Jan 31, 2016 1:35 AM

    Raiders to Las Vegas makes so much sense that it will never happen.

  29. sidneyz says: Jan 31, 2016 2:31 AM

    The NFL wants to keep the gambling element at bay? Really? Aren’t Fan Duel and Draft Kings a couple of major sponsors of the NFL? What a joke! These fat greedy owners will end up ruining the game.

  30. baddegg says: Jan 31, 2016 6:39 AM

    Keep gambling at arm’s length? How many Draft Kings ads have I seen on NFL programming? That’s a joke!

  31. rjd23456 says: Jan 31, 2016 7:38 AM

    Won’t they need a new name?

    My vote: the Las Vegas Craps.

  32. worldizending says: Jan 31, 2016 7:59 AM

    It is not that hard. Just take a play from the Colts. Load the vans up and at midnight, they do an end around and end up wherever they want to go.

  33. upstaterules says: Jan 31, 2016 8:41 AM

    Meet me in St Louis!!!

  34. ryanlatterell says: Jan 31, 2016 9:09 AM

    Expand into London, Rio, San Diego and st. Louis before 2020

  35. ryanlatterell says: Jan 31, 2016 9:14 AM

    London Red coats vs. New England Patriots!!
    Rio de Janeiro wildlife vs. San Diego caged animals

  36. ahs2 says: Jan 31, 2016 12:19 PM

    Right, beause the NFL’s pure as the driven snow

  37. drunkraider says: Jan 31, 2016 1:29 PM

    ” The NFL has long tried to keep gambling at arm’s length, and it’s hard to keep gambling at arm’s length ”

    Thats why owners like Kraft own things like draft kings. because thats not gambling at all.

  38. fanofpft says: Jan 31, 2016 5:52 PM

    ” The NFL has long tried to keep gambling at arm’s length, and it’s hard to keep gambling at arm’s length ”

    Has anyone seen how many SB prop bets there are?

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