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Tourism committee recommends $750M in public money for Raiders stadium

FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, center, meets with Raiders fans after speaking at a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee in Las Vegas. Proponents of an NFL football stadium in Las Vegas aren't budging on their request for $750 million in hotel tax dollars and don't want to return any profits to the public. An oversight committee could finalize a recommendation for the Legislature next week. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) AP

The push for a stadium for the Raiders in Las Vegas took another step forward on Thursday.

The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously to recommend the proposal to build a stadium for the Raiders and that recommendation will now be sent to Governor Brian Sandoval and the state legislature for the next steps in the process.

The proposal recommended by the SNTIC on Thursday calls for $750 million in public money be used for the construction of the stadium with developers and the Raiders putting up another $650 million. While the proposal calls for $750 million, there is no cap on public contributions to the project — Alternative B on Decision Point 2 of the draft recommendation — to ensure it meets the standard of a “premier National Football League facility.”

The panel’s recommendation doesn’t mean that the project will meet legislative approval or that the Raiders will wind up in Vegas if it does, but it’s another step toward making that a real possibility for the future of the franchise.

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69 Responses to “Tourism committee recommends $750M in public money for Raiders stadium”
  1. jjb0811 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:26 PM

    Oakland-LA-Oakland-Las Vegas. Maybe they should change owners rather than cities.

  2. dmartin17 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:27 PM

    Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  3. dietrich43 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:27 PM

    I don’t care if the Raiders stay in Oakland, but I hope the voters in Nevada make it clear that they won’t let the NFL fleece them.

  4. buds4grant says: Sep 15, 2016 3:28 PM

    Sign Manziel to back up Carr. What could go wrong?

  5. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:29 PM

    I HATE public funding to help build stadiums but would also HATE Oakland to lose the Raiders.

  6. skoobyfl says: Sep 15, 2016 3:31 PM

    Viva Las Vegas ?? Goodbye Las Vegas.

  7. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 15, 2016 3:32 PM

    The only thing I’m worried about is, if the Raiders put up 650M, will Davis be able to afford a new bowl for his haircuts?

  8. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 15, 2016 3:33 PM

    The Raides have be annoying losers for like what 40 years now and the NFL keeps humorist them with this stupid she’ll games every 10 years

  9. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 15, 2016 3:34 PM

    Humoring and shell

  10. ctiggs says: Sep 15, 2016 3:35 PM


  11. Patty Dubs says: Sep 15, 2016 3:39 PM

    The Vaiders!

  12. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: Sep 15, 2016 3:40 PM

    BAM! Las Vegas Raiders!

  13. jredshoes says: Sep 15, 2016 3:41 PM

    I’m in my way to Nevada now to open my battery store next to the stadium. Raider fans will need their weapons and I’ll be rich!

  14. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 15, 2016 3:41 PM

    The RAIDERS are the Philadelphia Flyers of the NFL win a modern day championship sometime in our recent memories !

  15. intrafinesse says: Sep 15, 2016 3:42 PM

    I have a better idea.
    Since these politicians are claiming that taxes on tourism have no negative impact on the economy, why stop at $750 million?
    Why not raise a cool billion? OR two billion? It’s free money after all. Then they can waste that on more lavish projects.

  16. silvernblackpride says: Sep 15, 2016 3:43 PM

    Jealousy will get you nowhere


    RAIDER4LIFE were global

  17. dudeicle says: Sep 15, 2016 3:44 PM

    you expect a tourism board to ever say no to using public funds for anything that even has the slimmest of chances to bring more people to town?

  18. famundacheese says: Sep 15, 2016 3:45 PM

    Screw these scumbag billionaires looking for hand outs.

  19. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 15, 2016 3:45 PM

    The last time the raiders where in a playoff game was 2002 COMMITMENT TO LOSING

  20. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 15, 2016 3:49 PM

    The last time the raiders won a championship Howie Long was 24 lolololol that’s younger than his sons are now that’s how long ago it was !

  21. jwcarlson says: Sep 15, 2016 3:49 PM

    Taxation is theft.

  22. boiler72 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:50 PM

    Such a disaster waiting to happen. The stupid NHL should have given Quebec back the Nordiques, too, not put a team in Vegas. Yeah … let’s put millionaire football and hockey players in a town with an endless supply of cocaine, gambling, and hookers. I mean, what could go wrong???

  23. sdelmonte says: Sep 15, 2016 3:54 PM

    Adelsohn can pay for the stadium out of pocket. I suspect he’s not the only casino owner who could.

  24. therealraider says: Sep 15, 2016 3:57 PM

    As a lifelong East Bay resident and long time season ticket holder, I pains me that I may not be able to take my boys to the Coliseum. However, this does give me an excuse to go to Vegas 2-3 times a year. God knows I have longed for another Vegas trip since my bachelor party 6 years ago. As a fan of the Silver and Black I want them to be able to compete. We can only get so far when it comes to giving out roster bonuses. It sure would be nice to get into the signing bonus game. The Vegas Raiders just sounds right. Perhaps I will take a mortgage out on the house for a PSL. Can’t afford 2.. (sorry wife).

  25. 52crabcakes says: Sep 15, 2016 3:59 PM

    Billionaire owners in the NFL should build the damn stadiums.

  26. dejc421 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:00 PM

    Raiders belong in Oakland, not LA, not LV.

  27. xsorethumbx says: Sep 15, 2016 4:00 PM

    imagine if they put that into schools then these people in charge now would be ousted.

  28. granadafan says: Sep 15, 2016 4:01 PM

    Hmm, this is going to set a bad precedent. What’s to keep the mega casino from demanding public money? The latest Wynn casino resort cost around $2billion, is open every single day, brings in millions in revenue, and more jobs are created for DAILY work.

    In downtown LA, they’re building skyscrapers using private funding and will be full at least 5 times a week, and creates HIGH PAYING jobs (white collar).

    A stadium is empty the vast majority of the year, hires mainly minimum wage part time workers (parking, security concessions), creates no revenue on the empty days. Even before the stadium is paid off, the team will cry that it’s “too old”, and they need renovations for the latest bells and whistles.

    Tell me again why the public/visitors should pay for a money pit of a stadium again?

  29. buttfumbles says: Sep 15, 2016 4:02 PM

    Yay entitlements for billionaires

  30. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 15, 2016 4:04 PM

    Have the public put up ALL the money and keep these casino owning billionaires out of it! If it’s such a good idea to build one.

  31. militantgod says: Sep 15, 2016 4:09 PM

    To all the clowns screaming about these billionaire owners, Mark Davis isn’t one.

  32. packrule says: Sep 15, 2016 4:10 PM

    jwcarlson says:
    Sep 15, 2016 3:49 PM

    Taxation is theft.


    You’re an idiot. Seriously wow. So what roads would you like to drive on? What teachers will teach your idiot kids. Just a few of the perks that taxes afford. Don’t like that stop you from being a complete idiot though.

  33. chippysbinky says: Sep 15, 2016 4:13 PM

    boiler72 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 3:50 PM
    Yeah … let’s put millionaire football and hockey players in a town with an endless supply of cocaine, gambling, and hookers. I mean, what could go wrong???

    Outside of Indy, where not even a hooker wants to go, all three of those things can easily be found in abundance in every major city by a thousandaire never mind a millionaire. And in Nevada 2 of those 3 things are legal, might cut down on arrests.

  34. immafubared says: Sep 15, 2016 4:13 PM

    And the gov would say no when it aint state money? The joke where is dildo getting his share from? I heard he is broke.
    Now he has leverage to get oakland to build him a stadium and he doesnt have to kick in much as vegas. This guy is a joke. He aint leavin.

  35. packrule says: Sep 15, 2016 4:15 PM

    boiler72 says:
    Sep 15, 2016 3:50 PM

    Such a disaster waiting to happen. The stupid NHL should have given Quebec back the Nordiques, too, not put a team in Vegas. Yeah … let’s put millionaire football and hockey players in a town with an endless supply of cocaine, gambling, and hookers. I mean, what could go wrong???


    Neither the NFL nor the NHL would publicly say it but Headlines create ratings. So a few guys cheat on their wives they don’t care. Drug use, well it seems rampant already continent wide.

  36. billswillnevermove says: Sep 15, 2016 4:16 PM

    Move this team to Toronto so Joe The Clown can attend.

  37. trubroncfan07 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:18 PM

    Oakland is no longer a viable city for the Raiders, can’t wait to go to games in Vegas!

  38. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:19 PM

    The league makes billions from its normal operations and merchandising.

    Now they make billions more by their shadow ownership of the daily fantasy gambling sites.

    They make many additional millions by selling blocks of season tickets to the stubhub type agencies that they have shadow ownership stakes in.

    Yet still their greed is not satisfied and they want to extort their own buildings from the taxpayers.

    I hope no city or state gives the collection of vastly greedy human filth that owns the league a single dime ever again.

  39. jonwill57 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:22 PM

    Taxes for car rentals/hotel/food will be like robbery. Car rental $25/day…taxes for car rental…$35/day. Just like Atlanta.

  40. bksk07 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:25 PM

    Lol 750 mill maybe all that sun fried their brains.

  41. helicopterpilot13 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:27 PM

    I don’t that I’ve ever seen a more bizarre looking individual than Raiders owner Mark Davis. He looks like a bad character from an SNL skit.

  42. realtruthteller100 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:29 PM

    what a joke. they should pay them at least $2 bilion. so sad that people seem to care more about protecting there schools funding then they do about protecting the shield. send the raiders to a city that really deserves to have a nfl team and is willing to pony up the $$$

  43. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Sep 15, 2016 4:31 PM

    People spilling off airplanes in Vegas all have that unbridled, starry-eyed look of sheer joy and excitement when they get to that city.

    When they are waiting in the same airport terminal 2 days later to go home, the have a defeated, ashen look. The light has left their eyes. Their soul devoured by the demons of the desert.

  44. hawksfansince77 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:31 PM

    “The Las Vegas Davis Bowl – Haircut” has a good ring to it as far as stadium names. “Super-Cutters Bowl” if they go with a sponsor.

  45. genoinabottlenyj says: Sep 15, 2016 4:33 PM

    I think there is a HUUUUGE (donald trump emphasis) misconception with the vegas culture. The strip is a small, 3 mile radius of nightlife. I guarantee Oakland has a much higher crime rate and more drug issues than vegas. Unless LA is an option, Vegas is a no brainer. The people backing the stadium are known for state of the area facilities. The tax that would go up is a hotel room tax, which is believe would be 88 cents a night. It may not be a Jerry World, but it will be damn close. The location looks like it will be on the South end of the strip across from the Mandalay Bay. Vegas made the UFC go from 600 mil when dana white got into it to 4 billion! Obviously the NFL is much more established but it brings home the point, Vegas is a melting pot of culture and people. People fly from all over the world to visit Vegas, NOT OAKLAND. You want to market the NFL overseas? Vegas is the cheapest way to do so.

  46. tonebones says: Sep 15, 2016 4:34 PM

    I think it’s a great idea. The home team will have an advantage because the visitors will be up late all night. I don’t know how much the games will cost, but I know how much money you can lose in a casino in six hours. That’s about how much time you’d tie up going to a game. It ends up being cheap entertainment. They’ll sell out every game. Plus people will plan a Vegas trip around a Raiders game. Everybody wins! They’ll have soccer and concerts and all kinds of other stuff at the stadium. They could pay back the public money in no time.

  47. riraider says: Sep 15, 2016 4:36 PM

    I agree with comments made that the Raiders belong in Oakland. However, Oakland has done nothing about repairs to that open toilet the Raiders have called home for years. No other NFL team, Not One, has to play on a baseball field or have locker rooms where the toilets backup because of poorly designed sewer lines.
    I wish them well in Vegas!
    As far as fans of this site calling them out because of poor performance over the past few years the Raiders have actually played in Super Bowls and have a trophy case with actual trophy’s in it.
    How many teams:
    A: Have never played in one
    B: Have never won one
    So suckit

  48. blynch67 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:38 PM

    That guys’ face is REALLY creepy.

  49. swortybounce says: Sep 15, 2016 4:39 PM

    The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.


  50. ajames35 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:43 PM

    Not very surprising, because their vote didn’t actually commit any money… The true, more interesting test is whether legislators – who write the checks – will have any appetite for this at all.

  51. therealdeal409 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:46 PM

    Don’t the Raiders still owe $125 million dollars to the city of Oakland for the stadium renovations they made to 20 years ago when they moved back from Los Angeles? Where are they going to get money to pay off that debt?

  52. collectordude says: Sep 15, 2016 4:47 PM

    Just Vegas, baby.

  53. stexan says: Sep 15, 2016 4:50 PM

    Man I wish someone could resurrect Al, make him about 50 again. He’d get this nonsense straightened out PDQ.

    Or at least make his kid to get rid of that silly looking “hair”. I wouldn’t trust that guy with a couple of well used tennis balls.

  54. mdintino1420 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:52 PM

    This is wonderful news!! Las Vegas city officials are start enough to realize that the $750 million will be made back many times over with all the events that will take place in the new stadium.

    Absolutely awesome news. Oakland has zero to offer in terms of stadium financing. Mark Davis needs to move where there will a new stadium. hopefully 2016 is the Raiders last season in Oakland. Staying there would be a waste. Las Vegas and southern Nevada are both experiencing growth. Getting an NHL franchise is an example of this growth.

    BRING ON THE LAS VEGAS RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. mdintino1420 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:54 PM

    Super Bowls in Las Vegas will be off the charts!

  56. JSpicoli says: Sep 15, 2016 4:58 PM

    Will never pass or have to be passed.

    Have fun playing house wh this idea.

  57. doggeatdogg says: Sep 15, 2016 5:00 PM

    They need to inverse those numbers and make sure the team pays for over run costs.

  58. mmack66 says: Sep 15, 2016 5:02 PM

    granadafan says:
    Sep 15, 2016 4:01 PM

    Tell me again why the public/visitors should pay for a money pit of a stadium again?

    A covered stadium in a place like Vegas will be used for a lot more than just football.

  59. JSpicoli says: Sep 15, 2016 5:03 PM

    They then recommended a casino expansion to the moon, but did not authorize paying for it.

  60. proat17052 says: Sep 15, 2016 5:11 PM

    I’m an oldtimer I still yearn for the old days when Count Chocula would yell “just win baby” and the Raider bad boys would pillage another foe!

  61. PhD says: Sep 15, 2016 5:27 PM

    Compare Levi’s and the MN stadium to see how not to build one and how to build one. Levi’s is a debacle. Jed should be made to sit in the sun baked section and pay whatever his equal amount would be for his ten dollars beers each game to hammer the point home to him.

  62. pftfan says: Sep 15, 2016 5:34 PM

    Wow. $750 Million from the Nevada public.

    Will the stadium be able to provide free seats to all 2.8M taxpaying residents?

    If not, I would tell Sheldon Adelson to shove it.

  63. skunkb3ar says: Sep 15, 2016 5:46 PM

    I still don’t see how we went from 300M and change (all footed by Kraft himself btw) for what is still one of the better stadiums in the league only like 16 years ago to almost 2B (half or so public money on top of that) for a new stadium.

    It’s crazy.

  64. nflinvegas says: Sep 15, 2016 6:11 PM

    It’s Vegas Baby!!!!

  65. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 15, 2016 6:23 PM


  66. vanmorrissey says: Sep 15, 2016 6:54 PM

    Oh I hope this goes through just to stick it to Goodell and the NFL. Good for the Raiders taking the initiative and LV for getting things done.

  67. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 15, 2016 7:40 PM

    Brought to you by the same people who want you to believe that the $800/month Social Security check your widowed grandma receives is bankrupting America, but letting billionaires go tax-free is making America prosperous.

  68. mmack66 says: Sep 15, 2016 7:49 PM

    vanmorrissey says:
    Sep 15, 2016 6:54 PM

    Oh I hope this goes through just to stick it to Goodell and the NFL. Good for the Raiders taking the initiative and LV for getting things done.

    The Raiders didn’t take any initiative. Sheldon Adelson took the initiative, and invited the Raiders to be a tenant.

  69. Ivan Pavlov says: Sep 16, 2016 2:49 PM

    No public money for professional sports stadiums – ever. Teams have plenty of money to pay their own way. It’s morally wrong to ask regular folk (I don’t care if it’s “tourist money) to subsidize billionaires so they can afford to make athletes into millionaires.

    If Vegas thinks it can afford an additional $750M in taxes, then update the infrastructure and modernize the public schools, libraries, and universities. Use the money to become a better city.

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