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Raiders continue Nevada flirtation, despite concerns of some owners

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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.

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  1. Raider Jon says: Mar 22, 2016 9:35 AM

    While it is true that I have always felt the Raiders belong in Oakland, if they had to move Los Vegas would be my first choice. It’s a great town to go for a weekend trip topped off my a football game. The biggest draw back would be the drive back to SoCal after the game. The I-15 needs 3 lanes from Vegas to Barstow.

  2. nflpoker says: Mar 22, 2016 9:37 AM

    What are the odds of the Raiders moving to Vegas?? Anyone??

  3. jjackwagon says: Mar 22, 2016 9:38 AM

    Do it. Las Vegas Raiders has a nice ring to it.

    Let’s see, a nice new stadium in Vegas or a sewage filled dump in Oakland? Hmmmm.

  4. mogogo1 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:40 AM

    Geez, wonder why they haven’t been deterred? Supposedly most all the owners were against the Rams moving. That one ended up 31-1 supporting the move the second a secret vote was taken.

  5. crazyproduceguy says: Mar 22, 2016 9:53 AM

    Rest assured, after a couple of casinos “donate” some money to the NFL, the owners will suddenly be in favor of moving there.
    The only people more in love with money than NFL owners are Wall Street bankers and Congress.

  6. tomtravis76 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:53 AM

    Concerns over casinos? Never been to Miami Gardens, Baltimore, Dc, New Orleans, Tampa…etc,etc. ?

    Vegas would be a great destination city for fans. Vegas might run into the same issue like Miami, San Diego, Jacksonville, and some other teams, the local fans sometimes are a tough draw, but visiting team fans will buy tickets and spend locally.

  7. archer454 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:54 AM

    No way in the world the other owners would condone a move to LVNV. Too much potential outside influence that would call into question the “integrity” of games; referees, players, coach’s decisions, etc. would all be scrutinized. NFL needs 2020 to come as quickly as possible to let the current negative aura dissipate. Don’t think Goodell will be resigning any time soon. Actually, I don’t think he needs to. He just needs to catch up to this massive moving billionaire dollar runaway train.

  8. kcl10 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:59 AM

    An owner in a league with an anti-trust exemption can claim the other owners in the league are violating anti-trust laws by forcing him to do business somewhere? Does that make anyone anyone else’s head spin a little?

  9. jbraider says: Mar 22, 2016 10:02 AM

    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
    ______________
    Gee, don’t the Giants play their games in New Jersey? I seem to remember reading something about a town called Atlantic City, NJ that has some casinos. Frinkin’ hypocrite

  10. boltergeist19 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:02 AM

    Raiders and Las Vegas: could the wise guys love to see this. Why of all teams does this just sound like it was inevitable. I think this would be outstanding if it were to happen. A new team in in Vegas hosting 10 games a year there. Think about the nightlife and how many players never make it to the games or that TMZ sets up shop there.

    You better draft every player from Utah if this ever happens.

  11. rexryansboobs says: Mar 22, 2016 10:07 AM

    I guess that means that his Giants (and the Jets) will be looking for new homes if/when a casino is opened at the Meadowlands.

  12. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 22, 2016 10:12 AM

    Don’t they have casinos in Detroit, Chicago and New Jersey? What’s the big deal? I think an NFL team in Las Vegas would make for an even better weekend experience.

  13. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 22, 2016 10:13 AM

    I could legitimately see this as more than a way to force Oakland to pony up. This could easily be away for Mark Davis to give the finger to the owners who said, “Screw Oakland, they’ll get nothing”. Surely after watching his dad work he knows a thing or two about beating the league in court…

  14. internetcommenter7 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:17 AM

    It doesn’t take 24 owners. It takes one. He could move to Las Vegas tomorrow and there isn’t a damn thing the nfl could do about it. I desperately hope Kroenke tells Spanos to get lost and refuses to pay a relocation fee. It’s time someone puts the nfl in its place.

  15. mmack66 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:18 AM

    archer454 says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:54 AM

    No way in the world the other owners would condone a move to LVNV. Too much potential outside influence that would call into question the “integrity” of games; referees, players, coach’s decisions, etc. would all be scrutinized.
    ———————

    Yep, the NFL owners want to keep that “influence” all to themselves.

    The “integrity” of the NFL is called into question every Sunday.

  16. raiderrob21 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:23 AM

    Wont happen. But in my dreams if it did, Id keep my season tix from here in the Bay and fly for 8 Home games in Vegas! 40 minute plane trip from the Bay to Vegas. Again,…. It will never happen

  17. scrp2 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:26 AM

    Too close to a Casino? Anyone can access a Casino from from their smartphone in any city. How ’bout these old fossils get a clue.

  18. rexryansboobs says: Mar 22, 2016 10:27 AM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:12 AM
    Don’t they have casinos in Detroit, Chicago and New Jersey? What’s the big deal? I think an NFL team in Las Vegas would make for an even better weekend experience.

    Better than that…………..NJ is talking about putting one on the same grounds as MetLife Stadium…….

  19. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:29 AM

    Yea the owners tried to screw Davis in LA, what did they expect him to do. Good for the Raiders.

  20. charger383 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:29 AM

    Al would have been in Vegas already

  21. DesertEagle76 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:30 AM

    Either one would spend a couple of hours in freeway traffic going to Inglewood on gameday, or a couple more hours driving to Vegas for a weekend that will be highlighted by a Raiders game.

    Lest we forget the voluminous number of visitors to Vegas in any given weekend from all over the country and the world. The NFL would be better served by allowing the Raiders to go to Vegas.

  22. ocgunslinger says: Mar 22, 2016 10:31 AM

    Move to LV. There are no legitimate reasons why not to make the move. I feel the team will have sell out crowds with no problem. Annually Fans from 7 teams will make the trip to see their team play in Vegas. Win-Win

  23. ocgunslinger says: Mar 22, 2016 10:33 AM

    Integrity and the NFL in the same sentence makes no sense unless the words “Lack of” appear before the word Integrity.

  24. thetooloftools says: Mar 22, 2016 10:35 AM

    People need to wake up. Gambling and bookies are one of the few things keeping the NFL honest. If too much money is being bet one way or the other, the first thing Las Vegas asks is we need to find out why?
    The first thing NFL does is open up a 16 month investigation and accomplish nothing.
    If anything, gambling FORCES higher scrutiny of the NFL, not less.

  25. silverhornet says: Mar 22, 2016 10:36 AM

    The presence of casinos? hahahah… that’s a good one.

  26. jag1959 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:37 AM

    archer454 says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:54 AM
    No way in the world the other owners would condone a move to LVNV. Too much potential outside influence that would call into question the “integrity” of games; referees, players, coach’s decisions, etc. would all be scrutinized.
    ___________________

    Because those ‘potential outside influences’ only confine themselves to Vegas?

  27. JMClarkent says: Mar 22, 2016 10:38 AM

    You would think the rest of the owners would be all for it – they get the relocation extortion, move to an untapped market, the Raiders are kept out of LA and they don’t mess with Jerrah’s kingdom in San Antonio. It is also still “West” enough to not jack up division boundaries.

    Other than figuring out something in Oakland it seems like this would be the best case scenario for the rest of the owners.

  28. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:39 AM

    ….I love the fact that Mark has found a little bit of leverage to use against the owners. They have shafted him totally & I think if they give him another 100-150million to shut up ,he could build another stadium in Oakland. That’s all he wants.

  29. hippieway says: Mar 22, 2016 10:39 AM

    I like the idea of the Raiders moving to LV. LA would be a mistake, moving to Vegas would give the NFL an expanded regional fan base while at the same time having a prime space in the population center of the US Southwest. I would think everybody from Oakland to Boise would be jazzed, more local feeling.

    ever since the internet, air travel and rich young athletes collided, Vegas is just a weekend getaway

  30. shoeflypie says: Mar 22, 2016 10:40 AM

    The “gambling on games” issue is already far in the rear view mirror. The real issue the NFL is scared of is “How do we get our cut of the revenue?”

  31. raidernation37 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:41 AM

    The National Integrity League doesn’t want to see the Raiders move, increase their value and subsequently become one of the more powerful players in the league. This is more about lingering feels about Al than anything else

  32. eustus says: Mar 22, 2016 10:42 AM

    Mara is so full of crap.

    The proximity of a casino destination city in the state where is team (and the Jets) play has never been an issue.

    Las Vegas is a large city with nothing to do other than casinos. The locals would go bonkers for their own NFL franchise. Hell, they’re so desperate for anything else to do, they’re even trying to lure an NHL franchise.

  33. gadgetking2010 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:43 AM

    to be fair…. it is not really the presence of casinos that is the problem. it is the presence of legal sports betting. But that argumnet is a joke too. Between online betting and illegal sports betting they are kidding themselves and/or are trying to be holier than thou regarding this issue.
    If the NFL really wants to thwart sports betting they would NOT force the inury report to be made public. The ONLY reason the injury report is public is to help Vegas more accurately assign the point spread for a game.

  34. hippieway says: Mar 22, 2016 10:45 AM

    PS I would bet on a superbowl in Las Vegas being hosted by the NFL coming to your living rooms soon.

  35. buffalostarwarsfan says: Mar 22, 2016 10:49 AM

    I used to think casinos would be as issue, but there are casinos everywhere now.

  36. rolltide510 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:50 AM

    I’d love to see this happen just to watch the plutocrat owners get shafted. In addition to the anti-trust precedent his father established, all of the public comments by buffoons like Bob McNair about how the rest of the owners openly collaborated against Mark Davis aren’t going to look good in court. It shows a guy who tried to work with the league’s rules and was railroaded. Viva Las Vegas!

  37. ebdug says: Mar 22, 2016 10:52 AM

    The days are gone where the league made an effort to avoid even the “appearance of impropriety.” Under this regime, we just assume the games are fixed. Forget the stadium, the NFL can play right in the casino.

  38. norseyapper says: Mar 22, 2016 10:59 AM

    The NFL is falling all over themselves shipping the game to London, and soon to China, and then who knows where. They have no control over sports betting in any of those countries, and yet somehow they never seem to be concerned about the integrity of those games.
    In today’s world if someone wants to bet on a game you don’t have to leave your couch. The “protecting integrity of the game” argument is ridiculous.
    Instead of shipping the product 16 time zones away why not utilize a fantastic market in this counrty?

  39. joetoronto says: Mar 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    “You can’t move, you need the consent of the owners.” Pete Rozelle

    “Just watch me.” Al Davis

  40. johny248 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    I believe that Las Vegas would welcome and NFL team and support them as much as any other current market would. LV basically has the Reb’s. There is plenty of money there , and it would be a great destination for fans to come visit for the NFL and enjoy the rest that Vegas has to offer.

  41. whispersd says: Mar 22, 2016 11:01 AM

    tomtravis76 says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:53 AM

    Concerns over casinos? Never been to Miami Gardens, Baltimore, Dc, New Orleans, Tampa…etc,etc. ?

    Other places have casinos but only Nevada has legalized sports gambling.

    Of course, should a franchise move to London, the bookies there take bets on NFL games, too.

  42. dave399 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:03 AM

    Moving a team to Vegas would bring into question the integrity of the game and the NFL, being so close to casinos.

    But it’s okay for NFL team owners to be investors in Draft Kings. Wait … what?

    So let me get this straight. People gamble on NFL games through a portal that is partly owned by NFL team owners.

    A team owner/Draft Kings investor could in theory, order the coach of his team to sit a player or players that are approaching game marks that could cause financial loss to Draft Kings.

    I don’t know how there could be a bigger conflict of interest when it comes to gambling and pro sports.

  43. dcapettini says: Mar 22, 2016 11:06 AM

    The Horseshoe Casino is exactly one block from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. They don’t take bets on football games though. But, the NFL keeps talking about having a franchise in London and the books there will take a bet on anything.

  44. footballfan72 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:07 AM

    Maybe draft kings and fan duel can be their corporate sponsors. Pretty sure the NFL owners that have a stake in these DFS businesses won’t mind the added business since they lost NY….

  45. dave399 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:08 AM

    internetcommenter7 says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:17 AM

    It doesn’t take 24 owners. It takes one. He could move to Las Vegas tomorrow and there isn’t a damn thing the nfl could do about it.

    ———————————————–

    Yeahhhhh .. the NFL kind of CAN tell a team where it can and can’t move to.

    Gotta love the internet. Where guesses are stated as absolute facts.

  46. eroschmidt says: Mar 22, 2016 11:10 AM

    I don’t understand the casino/gambling stance anymore. There is a Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cleveland. Pittsburgh has a casino. Buffalo has a casino downtown and a big Hotel/Casino in Niagara Falls. Detroit’s casinos are a huge draw in the city – we went to them after going to Detroit for a Bills game. Don’t most NFL cities have casinos now? Don’t the Washington Redskins have scratch off and lottery tickets for both the Maryland AND Virginia lotteries? What’s the big deal? New Jersey is a couple years away from approving Sports betting. Are the Giants and Jets going to move?!!! I am a Buffalo Bills season ticket holder and I go to one away game a year. Seriously, if my Bills play at the Las Vegas Raiders in a few years – where do you think I’m going?!!!

  47. quicktaker says: Mar 22, 2016 11:12 AM

    For owners, part of the allure of building a stadium is the giant revenue from personal seat licenses. Although you probably could sell individual tickets to tourists in Las Vegas you won’t get giant money for personal seat licenses. Once again Las Vegas is another bargaining chip and not really a very attractive offer.

  48. domedaddy says: Mar 22, 2016 11:15 AM

    Vegas potentially is an absolute financial gold mine for an NFL team and the NFL as a whole. This is exactly the reason the NFL doesn’t want the Raiders in Vegas with their tarps, terminal losing record, no home gate, blackout games…………………………..get the picture?

  49. junkmagnet2013 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:17 AM

    Casinos as a ‘non-starter’ is a BS excuse. Here in San Diego, there are at least 10 casinos within a 30 minute drive of that toilet bowl they call Qualcomm stadium.

    I guess Mara forgot that his team plays in New Jersey… where gambling is legal. Wonder if he ever heard of Atlantic City?

    Not to mention Miami, New Orleans, etc…

    I really hope Oakland gets its head out of its corn hole and builds a stadium. But absent that, I’d much rather see the Las Vegas Raiders than the Las Angeles Raiders.

  50. charger383 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:19 AM

    This East Coast Raider fan might go to a home game in Las Vegas

  51. youaresimple says: Mar 22, 2016 11:19 AM

    Wouldn’t the state of Nevada have a legal argument against the NFL, as well? Seems a little biased and one-sided that the NFL can “attempt” to force such a decision on a state and owner when there is such a significant monetary impact.

    I can see the NFL losing this battle in a heart beat. Honestly, there is probably some conniving going on in the NFL cuz they would rather have a different team there. If the Raiders did leave Oakland, I think Las Vegas would be an excellent choice.

  52. iceracer2015 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:26 AM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:12 AM
    Don’t they have casinos in Detroit, Chicago and New Jersey? What’s the big deal? I think an NFL team in Las Vegas would make for an even better weekend experience.
    ——————————————————————–

    Sports gambling is not (yet) allowed anywhere but Vegas.

  53. chiadam says: Mar 22, 2016 11:27 AM

    Davis can do whatever he’d like, as Florio pointed out. The Colts were moved out of Baltimore without league consent, I believe. And it’s time the league stops cashing in on gambling while simultaneously acting like its the devil’s vice to lay a wager.

  54. granadafan says: Mar 22, 2016 11:28 AM

    Funny how these owners are proposing building their own stadiums in other cities, yet cry poor and are incapable of building their own workplace in their current city. Instead they demand that the taxpayers give them free luxury palace. Alameda County taxpayers are STILL paying off the previous renovations Al Davis demanded. Screw that.

  55. guitarmaninks says: Mar 22, 2016 11:28 AM

    So John will be moving out of NJ ?

  56. mdintino1420 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:32 AM

    It is time to move. Oakland isn’t an NFL city anymore. I say this because they are unable to come up with an up to date stadium. Oakland was an NFL city for a long time, but not currently or for the future.

    MOVE THE RAIDERS TO LAS VEGAS. CHANGE THE NAME OF THE TEAM TO OUTLAWS OR RENEGADES!!!!!

  57. financialmusingsblog says: Mar 22, 2016 11:33 AM

    The Raiders belong in Oakland, however, the Raiders need to realize that cities will not bend over backward to accomodate pro teams anymore. Oakland needs to figure out the A’s situation as both teams want to be at the same site; the A’s are luke warm to moving within Oakland, but the Raiders need to pony up some more money so there isn’t a huge funding gap. It’s complicated but I’d prefer Los Angeles over Las Vegas. For tax reasons, the players would prefer Las Vegas over Los Angeles.

  58. securb2013 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:35 AM

    I think Vegas is a great idea. I would never go to Oakland for a Fins/Raiders game but I would spend a weekend in Vegas in a minute. I am sure the fans of the other teams feel the same way. Mark Davis is crazy not to push this. Home games will be sold out no matter how good or bad the Raiders are doing.

  59. mongo3401 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:44 AM

    LOL. There is a brand new casino directly across the road from where the AZ Cardinals play and another one within 5 miles down the road.

  60. troylok says: Mar 22, 2016 11:52 AM

    Mara is aware that his team plays in New Jersey and there is this little place called Atlantic City in New Jersey that has a few casinos in it, right?

  61. topcide says: Mar 22, 2016 12:04 PM

    I find this whole thing silly considering that within a few miles of Ford Field there are 3 Casino’s in Detroit, with one a few blocks away. AND you can literally see Casino Windsor in Canada across the Detroit River and be there in less than a half hour.

    Oh, and Casino Windsor has a sports book, but the NFL plays games in Toronto which is even in the same province as Windsor and not to mention sports gambling is 100% legal everywhere in the UK, and the NFL has an obsession with games in London.

  62. raideralex99 says: Mar 22, 2016 12:06 PM

    Vegas can’t have NFL games but China, Germany, England Mexico, Canada can … yup that makes sense.

  63. stoolerz says: Mar 22, 2016 12:25 PM

    Everyone associated with the NFL makes too much money to risk losing their job to the wise guys.

  64. collectordude says: Mar 22, 2016 12:32 PM

    Las Vegas Raiders. Just win, baby.

  65. 1nationraidernation says: Mar 22, 2016 12:37 PM

    thats becuase all the “new rich owners” do not have have anywhere near as much money as Sheldon Alderson.(Paul Allen kind of close)…not only does he have a net worth of about 30 billion, but he is also very well politically connected, more so than any owner in the nfl….in other words can the league really do anything about it if that is where the Raiders want to go?

    Speaking of go…..GO Raiders!

  66. citpyrc says: Mar 22, 2016 12:45 PM

    I’m not a raiders fan and don’t care where they go or if they stay but I think a team in Vegas would be great. How great would it be to spend a few days in Vegas and see a live game.

  67. louiegrandie says: Mar 22, 2016 12:51 PM

    His best option would be to move to San Antonio where he already has land. He could play in the Alamo dome until his new stadium is ready.

  68. mmack66 says: Mar 22, 2016 12:52 PM

    The NFL doesn’t want anyone or anything impinging on their DraftKing and FanDuel businesses.

  69. mdintino1420 says: Mar 22, 2016 12:52 PM

    Mark Davis needs to do two things before he moves his team out of Oakland:

    1) Tell Libby Schaaf “thanks for nothing.”

    2) Leave the Raider name, logo, and history at the door.

  70. 90210g says: Mar 22, 2016 12:56 PM

    They should move to the Central Valley and become The California Raiders! I am sure they will get great support from the valley not to mention they will have acces to the high speed rail. Fresno will be a good spot which is almost in the center of California.

  71. leftypointspread says: Mar 22, 2016 1:07 PM

    You can bet on football in Delaware and it is legal, run by the state lottery, which is minutes from Philly & just up the road from Bmore. It is a card you fill out, I believe you have to bet a minimum of 3 teams. It has not harmed the “integrity” of the NFL (say that last line without laughing!)

  72. truths4all says: Mar 22, 2016 1:37 PM

    JUST DO IT, BABY!!!!!!

    I’d love for the Raiders to tell the NFL and arroganr, little rich boy, trust fund baby Wellington Mara where to stuff their slot credits.

    Las Vegas, here comes the Raiders to a big vacant lot somewhere south of the Strip where they will build hotels, restaurants, casinos, offices, houses, and a big-assed spectacular dome stadium that will easily outclass Jerry Jones’ place as the best football palace in the world!!!

  73. keithdylan says: Mar 22, 2016 1:42 PM

    The NFL is full of liars. It’s not the casinos that bother the owners, as so many have pointed out other teams play in cities with casinos. It’s the fact that now the Raiders could offer game wagering in or very near the stadium like soccer does in the UK. Then one owner would have an huge money making advantage over the others, and they don’t like that, especially when it’s not one of the chosen owners that gets the perk. You think fantasy football is big, with a betting kiosk in the stadium the only question would be what line is longer at half time, the line to the john, or the line to place a 2nd half bet on the game.

  74. brad3112 says: Mar 22, 2016 1:51 PM

    Just using one example, Heinz Field is literally less than 1,000 feet from a casino. These owners are so detached from reality it is mind-numbing sometimes.

  75. chris6523 says: Mar 22, 2016 1:53 PM

    My only regret is my favorite team is an NFL team so I would only get to use the game in Vegas as an excuse once every 8 years

  76. chris6523 says: Mar 22, 2016 1:54 PM

    Nfc

  77. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 22, 2016 2:04 PM

    I don’t understand how a franchisee being told where could do business by the franchiser is a violation of anti-trust laws. If I own a McDonald’s franchise in New York, I can’t open one in Ohio. The territories are tightly protected.

    That said, I would love to see a team in Las Vegas.

  78. dasmol says: Mar 22, 2016 2:04 PM

    Great idea. If we could just get their fair weather fans to go with them.

  79. 12coltsfan12 says: Mar 22, 2016 2:16 PM

    I think they’d have to change the name to Loss Vegas

  80. asparatame says: Mar 22, 2016 3:18 PM

    jbraider says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:02 AM

    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
    ______________
    Gee, don’t the Giants play their games in New Jersey? I seem to remember reading something about a town called Atlantic City, NJ that has some casinos. Frinkin’ hypocrite
    —————————————————————
    Moreover, there is a group trying to put a casino in the Meadowlands within walking distance of Met Life stadium.
    Mara is such a tool.

    That being said who wants their opener on the road against the Raiders with a kickoff temp. of 106.

  81. billswillnevermove says: Mar 22, 2016 3:32 PM

    Why not Toronto? It’s where all CFL teams play.

  82. Drunk Uncle says: Mar 22, 2016 3:46 PM

    I think Las Vegas could be a huge home field advantage for the Raiders. The crazy weather (95 in September, but very windy and cold in November and December) and the allure of the city to the visiting team (too bad Michael Irvin isn’t still playing) are two huge factors.

    As for the owners who dislike the close presence to gambling, someone needs to let them know about the invention of these funky new communication thingies known as “cell phones” and “The Internet.”

    Lastly, Vegas really needs extra lanes on I-15 and also a train to L.A. and San Diego.

  83. realdealsteel says: Mar 22, 2016 4:08 PM

    I’m tired of all this moving talk by teams.

  84. darizat says: Mar 22, 2016 4:15 PM

    Concerns about a casino, meanwhile in Pittsburgh there is a casino literally steps away from Heinz Field.

  85. steamingpilerex says: Mar 22, 2016 4:16 PM

    Never happen…not enough gangs in Vegas to buy all the Raider merchandise!

  86. domedaddy says: Mar 22, 2016 5:13 PM

    Who wants the Raiders??? Even their home town of (cough, cough) legendary die hard Nation fans wouldn’t support them in Oakland. All the bangers in LA wouldn’t support them. The Raiders are like homeless people. Incapable of making a profitable living for themselves. Welcome to the Davis family!

  87. 1nationraidernation says: Mar 22, 2016 7:03 PM

    lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Mar 22, 2016 2:04 PM
    I don’t understand how a franchisee being told where could do business by the franchiser is a violation of anti-trust laws. If I own a McDonald’s franchise in New York, I can’t open one in Ohio. The territories are tightly protected.

    That said, I would love to see a team in Las Vegas.
    – – – – – – – – — – – – — – —

    Do you really think the AFL was a franchiser, and do you really think Al Davis ever signed or agreed to anything way back then…After all he was the commissioner back then……bottom line….c-ya in court, and all the way to the supreme court if need be.

    Also FYI Sheldon’s super pac aligned with the Koch brothers, have over 950 million to spend on this Presidential election alone….I don’t think you are connecting the dots…They own congress, the senate, and the supreme court. After all they are responsible for Citizens United, and the reason corporations are people.

  88. jjfootball says: Mar 22, 2016 7:47 PM

    John Mara, and Jerry Jones, and all the other idiots should stay the _____ out of it !

  89. mdintino1420 says: Mar 22, 2016 8:25 PM

    It is a shame the Raiders have this problem. It looks like they will be a very good football team this year and beyond. Las Vegas is a growing market. They are getting an NHL team. With no progress on a stadium in Oakland, Vegas could be getting the NFL, too.

  90. xilikemenx says: Mar 22, 2016 9:25 PM

    When Davis sued the NFL, he pretty much told the other owners to go F themselves. The owners never forgot. Payback Baby!

  91. radrntn says: Mar 23, 2016 12:16 AM

    Viva Las Vegas!

    Go Raiders! Go Reggie!!!!

  92. craigbhill says: Mar 23, 2016 11:34 AM

    Mark Davis is not merely trying to sign on to a move to Vegas, a great idea for both the Raiders and Vegas, but it’s a reminder to the owners Spanos of the Chargers is trying to block the Raiders’ move to Southern California, which is the only area Davis has declared he wants to move to. Spanos doesn’t want the Raiders to become the third team in the area, and so limit the market to one other much more popular team in LA, so he’s diddling in San Diego, planning on diddling another whole year beyond his allotted single year to decide which city he wants to be in, SD or LA, where he has an agreement to play second fiddle in Inglewood, in hopes Davis will move elsewhere out of exasperation. Davis wants the NFL to address Spanos’ plan to hog both potential places for his team indefinitely, by bugging the NFL with a potential move to Las Vegas.

  93. domedaddy says: Mar 23, 2016 2:51 PM

    Relocating the Raiders to Vegas would be like giving the Mafia a ticket to their huddle. The NFL would be dealing with 16 fixed games a year. Am I lyin?

  94. craigbhill says: Mar 24, 2016 11:26 AM

    The NFL is now partly invested in online gambling, so the stigma of crooked games has ceased to concern them. Goodell & Co last year issued a little white paper saying the NFL is not against having a team there.

  95. domedaddy says: Mar 24, 2016 3:08 PM

    By throwing games, the Raiders will be able to build their own stadium in no time.

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