When the Raiders first began to flirt with the possibility of building a new stadium in Las Vegas, the NFL sent out a variety of talking points aimed at keeping the door open — and in turn applying maximum pressure to the powers-that-be in Oakland. Some owners either haven’t gotten the memo or have ignored it.
Via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Giants co-owner John Mara said during the NFL annual meetings that a move by the Raiders or any team to Nevada would be viewed by “most owners” as a “non-starter,” with the presence of casinos being the primary basis for the objection.
Meanwhile, Raiders owner Mark Davis recently met with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval to continue the discussions regarding a new stadium there.
Ultimately, the NFL can do whatever 24 owners choose to do. If Davis is sufficiently determined to move to Nevada, he can just go, arguing that any effort to tell him where and how to do business violates antitrust laws.
The effort nevertheless feels like an ongoing effort to get Oakland to do something more than it has to try to get a new stadium built in the team’s current hometown, which to date has been nothing.