Las Vegas mayor: Stadium, not gambling, is the issue

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman doesn’t think gambling is going to be a problem for the NFL as her city tries to attract a team.

Goodman said this morning on ESPN that in her quest to get an NFL team in her city, she hasn’t even discussed gambling regulations, such as whether there would be restrictions on sports books taking bets on games played in Las Vegas. What Goodman thinks will matter is whether the city and the state legislature can work out a deal to build a first-class NFL stadium.

“We’ve had years and years of experience in how to set regulations and enforce them. But I really don’t believe it’s going to be an issue for us at all,” she said. “At this point, the first step is to work through those numbers to make sure we can get a stadium built, do it high quality and most importantly in the right location.”

Goodman noted that there’s plenty of legal gambling in London, another market where the NFL is trying to expand, and there are plenty of casinos near NFL stadiums. Goodman thinks that if the Nevada legislature approves spending $750 million on building a stadium in Las Vegas, that will be enough to lure an NFL team, most likely the Raiders.

And she’s probably right about that. If NFL owners had a problem with playing in America’s gambling capital, they’d be speaking out against it. Instead, they’re raising no objections. If Nevada is going to give the NFL a new stadium, the NFL is going to stop caring that Nevada has legal sports gambling.

57 responses to “Las Vegas mayor: Stadium, not gambling, is the issue

  1. The Raiders are the perfect fit for Las Vegas too.

    NFL in Vegas is going to be awesome, and my KC Chiefs will get to play there once a year.

  2. Gambling is a red herring. Stadium financing and market size are the potential issues. And the stadium should be a no brainer. An enclosed stadium in the convention capital of the country would run out of dates before it would run out of takers. TV markets will be the issue, leaving the 6th and going to the 40th.

  3. She’s got that right. With the NFL it’s all about the $$$$$$$$$ and how many Benjamins local governments will pony up for a “first class stadium.”

  4. How about trying a couple of neutral site games there first? Give them 1 of the London games – every fan, player and coach would probably prefer that – and see how it goes? Las Vegas will be like San Diego, a home game for the away team.

  5. The Raiders will move there. I don’t think the NFL or even Davis Jr expected the overwhelming positive response from the fans. They’ll make out better than the Rams did.

  6. Its about losing, and the people of Las Vegas don’t want the loser Raiders bringing in their losings to their fair city.

  7. “Goodman noted that there’s plenty of legal gambling in London”
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    Lol, you and others on this issue make it sound like London is the Vegas of Europe! It ain’t – they may have 25 casinos (nearly as many as Vegas) but by U.S. standards many are small and by law all are private-members-only clubs (though you can take a guest and some allow a one-time visitors pass if you aren’t a member’s guest, provided you apply to join). And London has a population of 9M compared to 670k in Vegas. Or, to put it another way, Vegas has 1 large public casino per 21,000 population, London has 1 small private casino per 360,000 population.

    London does have lots of small “bookies” betting shops, traditionally for gambling on horse racing, but increasingly such old-fashioned betting is going on-line just like in most other places.

  8. Its all about losing and the Dolts know all about that… even there so-called fans don’t know what a SB ring looks like !!!! LOL

    WHERE EVER THE RAIDERS GO
    THE DIE HARD RAIDER NATION
    WILL FOLLOW!!!!

    RAIDERS 2016

  9. The biggest issue is the #40 as in 40th media market. Along with being an extremely cyclical economy (read up on what happened in Vegas in the last economic downturn), it is really a very unstable market in NFL terms and a very small market in terms of media and median income (#80 in median income vs. Bay Area #1, which factors into ADVERTISING $$, which is the NFL cash cow…)

    The bros who love thinking of going to party in Vegas for their away game (see Chiefs fan above) really LOVE this idea, but from an actual NFL long term business standpoint, it makes little sense.

  10. Fans have been gambling at Raider games for years. Ask any Broncos fan who has ever worn their jersey and sat in the Black Hole.

  11. So if they move a franchise to the betting capital of the world, will they call off thier lawyers when a state (like nj or de) try and implement sports betting as a means of generating revenue?

  12. The crime rate is already skyrocketing there mostly due to the liberal CA leadership releasing prisoners early who run to Vegas. I’m sure adding the Raiders to that mix will make it soooo much better.

  13. Its all about losing and the Raiders have been really good at it for 15 years. Chargers have one year in the past decade where they only won 4 games. How about the Raiders? 6, and most of those years they didn’t even win 4.

    Btw, lifetime the Raiders have won 20 more games over 55 years. So lets not act is if they are significantly better.

    Chargers 421-420-11
    Raiders 444-397-11

  14. “And here comes L.A. Hustlers QB Johnny Manziel out of the tunnel-”
    “Oh you can tell by the sunglasses and 5 o’clock shadow he had a rough evening at the tables.”
    “And morning! Now let’s all stand for the national anthem while the team’s vodka boy makes sure everyone is properly alcohydrated.”

  15. “there are plenty of casinos near NFL stadiums”

    There’s on in MA now about 7 miles from Foxboro in Plainville.

    There’s also Twin River in RI about half an hour from there. Though I don’t believe either do sports betting.

    Hope Vegas does not pay for the stadium. Lets these greedy, scummy nfl owners pay for their own buildings.

    Speaking of gambling the league not only has the billions it generates from its normal operations to pay for stadiums, but now makes additional billions from the shadow ownership of the daily fantasy gambling sites. Yet that’s not enough they have to extort and screw the taxpayers for their buildings.

    Just sickening. Makes me want to vomit on my keyboard.

  16. The NFL lost the moral high-ground on gambling when they got into bed with the DFS industry, so they may as well put a team in Vegas.

  17. mrdot1 says:
    May 31, 2016 2:09 PM
    The NFL lost the moral high-ground on gambling when they got into bed with the DFS industry, so they may as well put a team in Vegas.

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    Not fair to lump Las Vegas in with the DFS people. Gambling in Las Vegas is 100 pct regulated and above board.

  18. A Vegas stadium would not be the white elephant it is in many cities where it is only used 10 days a year. A dome would be booked year round with real conventions, not like those ones urban planners promise will come to other cities. Destination concerts
    etc would fill the place. This will be a valuable property if the location is just off the strip.

  19. Roger’s fixes are becoming obvious. It would be in his best interest if he could point at Vegas.

  20. I don’t think the local taxpayers will be paying for a new stadium. There will be a tax on gambling that will pay for it all and the casinos will gladly chip in.

  21. I know most teams play in and around gambling. I could be wrong but isn’t Vegas the only place that officially allows betting on sports? I know I can’t bet on sports at the casinos around where I live.

  22. More and more states should challenge the law against sports books. Betting will bring in revenue for the individual states. Leave it up to the leagues to govern themselves to protect against any chicanery.

  23. Of course it is not about gambling. It is about which team that drives the local market and can pay for part of the stadium. Raiders are homeless and broke. Markey Mark has $500M of Daddy’s money and is playing marbles with it. NFL will prolly keep the team in Oakland. They deserve each other. Vegas? Total;y ripe. NFL wants a club that can make money there. Raiders, LOL. Jerry Jones hates the Raiders and doesnt like Markey Mark. Good luck with him!

  24. As someone who lives in Las Vegas and has businesses associated with tourism I can tell everyone about one problem no one is thinking of. The way they plan to raise the money currently is through taxes on hotel rooms. Every casino on the strip is doing their best to take as much money from tourists as possible, most recently with MGM charging for parking. In the past four years the money people spend on lodging has only increased. Now the city wants to take more from tourists as well. Eventually tourists and the big convention groups will say enough is enough and go somewhere else.

  25. gobolts says:
    May 31, 2016 1:40 PM
    Its all about losing and the Raiders have been really good at it for 15 years. Chargers have one year in the past decade where they only won 4 games. How about the Raiders? 6, and most of those years they didn’t even win 4.

    Btw, lifetime the Raiders have won 20 more games over 55 years. So lets not act is if they are significantly better.

    Chargers 421-420-11
    Raiders 444-397-11
    ———————————————————————————–
    Super Bowl Trophies:
    Raiders 3
    Chargers 0

    Let’s not even mention that the Raiders beat your team both times last year!

  26. Ya silver and black

    Where ever they go people will follow? They left LA once and about to leave Oakland twice. Great support? Really makes you want to be a fan. No wonder Raider fan not too bright!

  27. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    May 31, 2016 2:27 PM

    A Vegas stadium would not be the white elephant it is in many cities where it is only used 10 days a year. A dome would be booked year round with real conventions, not like those ones urban planners promise will come to other cities. Destination concerts
    etc would fill the place. This will be a valuable property if the location is just off the strip.
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    So what you are saying is, Las Vegas can build this stadium and have it full 350 days of the year without the NFL. Then why do they need the Raiders at all? Like you said, it’s only ten days out of each year. So it seems the only reason Las Vegas is interested in the Raiders isn’t for Football and the fans at all. It is only to get public funding for a venue that Las Vegas would have to pay for without the help from the NFL to extort it from the public.

  28. I noticed no one is calling out Junior on the $300M relocation fee. He claims he has $500M for the Vegas stadium. If he’s as broke as he claims to be, how is he paying the relocation fee? Seems to me that $800M from Junior would be enough to convince Oakland to kick in the rest, especially since they’re losing the Warriors to Frisco.

  29. The Raiders in Vegas is a match made in heaven. And getting a stadium will be easy. Heck, I’ll bet one or two of the major casino owners would pay for most of it just to have the naming rights. (I can see it now: “The NFL presents the Las Vegas Raiders, coming to you live from Caesar’s Palace Stadium.”) This is a no-brainer. They’ll sell out every game, and they can build scads of those expensive skyboxes for the rich gamblers and casino moguls. People will be falling all over themselves to go to Raiders games in Vegas. It’ll just be one more reason to make Vegas everybody’s premier tourist destination. Also, can you imagine a Super Bowl being played in a shiny new state-of-the-art stadium in Las Vegas? The NFL would make a gazillion bucks. How can you not do this? Mark Davis should be institutionalized if he doesn’t make this move.

  30. pantherpro says:
    May 31, 2016 1:42 PM
    Oakland doesn’t want you . LA doesn’t want you so what are your options? Vegas or tarp the second deck next year?

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    GoBolts guy trolling Raider posts is not surprising (I mean, c’mon… if you guys were gonna win anything ever, you’d have already done it. Enjoy your s-trolls among relevant NFL teams, Chargless Fan – it’s the closest you’ll get to winning for at least another decade) but PantherPro guy?
    I mean… what Panther fan hates on the Raiders?
    This is literally the weakest, emptiest grudge. Probably one of those guys who has random strong opinions on paper towels and breakfast cereal and so on. Beat it, kitty. Enjoy life after losing the SB – I’m sure Cam’s great character will shine brightly and you won’t slide into oblivion forever or anything.

  31. Please wake me when the Raiders beg off on a real stadium they don’t have to pay for. Likewise call me when Superstar Derrick Carr takes his team to .500. Yawn, how bout that incredible, fantastic Reggie? 16-48. Snore.

  32. A funner idea would be to take away poorly-attended Home Games from teams that don’t draw well and move them to Vegas on the weekends where the LV Raiders are on the road.
    Sorry Jacksonville, no one is showing up on Sunday, November 13th, for your half-attended home game against the Texans. It has been moved to VEGAS Baby – win win for Jax and Houston fans. An extra excuse to go to VEGAS! Win win

  33. There must be five or six moguls who could pay for this out of pocket. But does the NFL really want Sheldon Adelsohn around?

  34. Why not a football team in Vegas? You can already order bookers thru the yellow pages, now you got something to watch when her head Bob’s downward.

  35. There’s no fit for the Raiders. Nobody wants them as there is no corporate support for trash fans! You can’t win without $ and selling $25.00 tickets like they do in Oakland. Will they take the tarp down this year and get more than 50,000 at an NFL game. Embarrassing!

  36. Of course the stadium is the issue. Las Vegas will essentially pick up the tab that Oakland refuses to take on. Interesting that it is the Nevada legislature’s intervention needed to build this thing where in other states, it is the city or county that need to give the green light. In any event, Davis is unable to build the stadium on his own and wherever he goes, the city/state will have to provide the funding.

  37. gobolts says:
    May 31, 2016 1:40 PM

    Btw, lifetime the Raiders have won 20 more games over 55 years. So lets not act is if they are significantly better.

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    You will never, ever win this argument until the Chargers win a Super Bowl, and probably more than one.

    Football credibility starts and ends with Super Bowls. Teams with 3 or more Super Bowl wins are the all-time elite, period, like it or not.

    I’ve been a fan of Chargers teams over the years. The great Fouts Chargers were better than probably 90% of the teams Oakland has fielded. But they never won it all.

    Look at the Cowboys, the team I’m most a fan of (much to my dismay). 20 years since anything relevant, but 5 SB wins. Still the most popular team in the league. SB wins change everything.

  38. Funny how one team in Vegas produces such hand-wringing, but two teams in the #2 gambling spot in the country, New Jersey, is just fine.

  39. Ya and the Mayor forgot to mention the 500 pound gorilla in this is the casino’s themselves not wanting 65,000 spending money elsewhere and and in their big show arenas and on the casino floor.

    I think the whole city should take a deep breath on this. For one, Sundays are already extremely busy travel and tourist wise with thousands of conventioneers getting into town, many travelers buy Sunday through Thursday packages and now your trying to fit another 60,000 on the streets, in the airports, on the strip, ya that will be a messy situation.

  40. Really?
    What did you expect her to say???

    All these big casinos that have built multimillion dollar properties, brought in top name talent to perform in world class shows on world class stages – yeah they’re the reason why we can’t get an NFL team…lol

  41. And Michael David Smith please tell the mayor to do their research.
    There are plenty of casinos around NFL stadiums.
    But NONE of those ALLOW SPORTS BETTING!

    London definitely has gambling, but guess which window gets closed on days when the NFL is in town. The sports betting windows.

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