A fight is brewing over the potential move of the Raiders to Las Vegas, and the battle lines are beginning to be drawn.
While no owners have gone on the record to say that they oppose the move, the basis for eventual opposition is emerging, slowly. Steelers owner Art Rooney II, for example, has made it clear that Oakland can keep the team without coughing up three quarters of a billion dollars.
Via Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, Rooney said that Oakland won’t have to match Nevada’s offer of $750 million in taxpayer money to keep the team. Which clearly implies that Raiders owner Mark Davis won’t be able to automatically make the move he already has vowed to make.
Oakland previously has brought nothing to the table to persuade the Raiders to stay. Per Kaplan, that could change. Which means that the entire Nevada flirtation could be more about squeezing cash out of Oakland and less about relocating to Las Vegas.
Ultimately, only nine votes will be needed to block the move. Which would mean that the Raiders will stay in Oakland — or that Davis will take a page from his late father’s playbook and sue for the ability to take the team wherever he chooses.