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Not much suspense left for Raiders to Las Vegas vote

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NFL owners just walked into their opening session of a meeting at which they’ll decide the destination of the Raiders.

And there’s not much suspense left as to how the vote is going to go.

The sense of optimism as the owners walked into the Arizona Biltmore Resort was real, and no one expects anything but affirmation for the Raiders’ proposed move to Las Vegas.

“We’ll find out tomorrow,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said as he walked into the meeting. “It’s gonna be an exciting day for Vegas.”

When Patriots owner Robert Kraft walked by moments earlier, he was asked if he thought the Raiders had the votes need (24) to approve the move.

“Hope so,” Kraft said as he passed.

That was the prevailing sentiment, as commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN earlier there wasn’t much reason to think another outcome was possible.

“I think we will have a vote, and I think we will have a positive vote,” Goodell said. “I think we are in pretty good shape.”

The actually balloting will happen tomorrow, but no one has voiced any opposition, with Chargers owner Dean Spanos among those saying he’d vote for the proposal as well.

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49 Responses to “Not much suspense left for Raiders to Las Vegas vote”
  1. ariani1985 says: Mar 26, 2017 9:10 PM

    Notice that the bills aren’t moving?

  2. pantherpro says: Mar 26, 2017 9:12 PM

    Later Raiders!! No more blackouts, no more tarp no more 50 year old men dressing up like Halloween in Oaktown. Just remember one thing they will always be the Raiders but they will never ever again be the Oakland Raiders!

  3. xbam says: Mar 26, 2017 9:15 PM

    nothing like state tax dollars to give the owners a three mile smile….enjoy Vegas!

  4. u4iadman says: Mar 26, 2017 9:16 PM

    Longtime raiders fan, psl in Oak but I am very happy to see them go to Vegas. What an event that will be. Global attendance, players want to play there, fans too, and anyone wanting a spectacle. Just make them Saturday or Thursday night games please….we gotta recover on Sunday’s!

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 26, 2017 9:17 PM

    Vegas, Bae, Vegas!

  6. JackieMoon says: Mar 26, 2017 9:18 PM

    pantherpro says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:12 PM
    Later Raiders!! No more blackouts, no more tarp no more 50 year old men dressing up like Halloween in Oaktown. Just remember one thing they will always be the Raiders but they will never ever again be the Oakland Raiders!

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    Still sounds better than your Santa Clara Niners

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 26, 2017 9:19 PM

    Jerry thinks it has everything you could ask for….. gambling, drugs, prostitution…

  8. sportzfan says: Mar 26, 2017 9:20 PM

    pantherpro says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:12 PM
    Later Raiders!! No more blackouts, no more tarp no more 50 year old men dressing up like Halloween in Oaktown. Just remember one thing they will always be the Raiders but they will never ever again be the Oakland Raiders!
    _________________________________________

    Unless they rename themselves the Las Vegas High Rollers and have fans dressed as 65 year old whales and degenerate gamblers.

  9. raiderswin00 says: Mar 26, 2017 9:24 PM

    Mark better be careful of the wrath of Adelson. Might wake up with a horse head in his bed.

  10. coronalt says: Mar 26, 2017 9:27 PM

    As a fan of the NFL, and the history of the sport, the fact that one of the pillar franchises in league history is leaving it’s home. I know they moved to LA years ago, but this feels different. What’s going on is similar to what happened in the mid 90’September when the Browns, Oilers, and Ramsey moved, and the Pats, Bucs, and Seahawks nearly did. You’d be hard pressed to find an unsold ticket to an NFL game in 2017. Unfortunately, that’s not enough for the league and owners who demand new stadiums from communities who can barely keep schools and police afloat.

  11. coronalt says: Mar 26, 2017 9:29 PM

    Sorry…trying to post from new phone…Came out gibberish…

  12. spencermax31 says: Mar 26, 2017 9:32 PM

    Las Vegas Raiders….Sounds great, Lets get the Stadium started…No more Lies from Libby everytime the Sun goes up!!!!

  13. deneb1973 says: Mar 26, 2017 9:33 PM

    Next are the Mexico City Chargers, St Louis Bills and the London Jaguars. Carolina, Tennessee and New Orleans better watch for the next NFL owner with a pitiful bottom line.

  14. pastabelly says: Mar 26, 2017 9:44 PM

    Goodell would not have commented to the Oakland mayor about being too little too late unless the NFL had the votes. Kraft knows that the league can make more money and create events if they have Las Vegas.

  15. raidr12 says: Mar 26, 2017 9:48 PM

    port comment
    pantherpro says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:12 PM
    Later Raiders!! No more blackouts, no more tarp no more 50 year old men dressing up like Halloween in Oaktown. Just remember one thing they will always be the Raiders but they will never ever again be the Oakland Raiders!

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    Blackout? Hasn’t been one for years. If you are going to post, at least know what you are talking about.

  16. skoobyfl says: Mar 26, 2017 9:58 PM

    Next major source of NFL income, gambling. The seeds are being sowed.

  17. murphyslaw40 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:01 PM

    Charlotte better start thinking of something. Their stadium is over 20 (!) years old, and the Panthers owner could kick the bucket any year now. New owners likely won’t have the same history with the Carolinas as Big Cat does.

    It’s a sad merry-go-round in what used to be a very fun amusement park.

  18. simplec72 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:06 PM

    Goodbye Oakland! No more playing in a stadium that is falling apart. No more looking at a baseball diamond on the 50 yard line. No more having the smallest stadium in the NFL. I don’t care where you move as long as the welcome mat is out. The city of Oakland pulled theirs in a long time ago.

  19. JackieMoon says: Mar 26, 2017 10:12 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:10 PM
    Notice that the bills aren’t moving?

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    Or winning

  20. ldag4 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:13 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:19 PM
    Jerry thinks it has everything you could ask for….. gambling, drugs, prostitution…

    ________________________________________Just like most towns in the USA

  21. raiderrob21 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:18 PM

    Spanos is a fool. He should be voting against it. The Raiders in Vegas is going to affect his attendance, brand, and overall hype in Los Angeles. 3-1/2 hr car ride or 1 hour plane flight.

  22. genoinabottlenyj says: Mar 26, 2017 10:24 PM

    Marshawn ghost riding a polaris on the strip, count me in

  23. pilingon57 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:33 PM

    It is easy to bad mouth this situation when it is not your team.
    Of course Jerry Jones likes it as his company will build the stadium
    Maybe Jerry and Mr. Kraft can payoff the 100 million dollar debt that still exists in Oakland from when they brought the Raiders back the last time.

  24. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Mar 26, 2017 10:38 PM

    Just Vegas baby. About time. The Raiders need to play in a state of the art stadium. Need the $$ it will generate. Thank God Mark Davis wanted no part of Amy Trask’s idiocy of a “min stadium”. No more dirt infield. No more pee trough’s. No more sewage backing up in the stadium. No more Great playa’s like Jamarcus or dhBUST. Great job by Mark Davis and co turning the mess around….

  25. sdcharger123 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:38 PM

    Three relocations in two years. #FootballIsFamily

  26. alfredogarciashead says: Mar 26, 2017 10:39 PM

    With the NFL all you have to do is follow the money to know where the votes lie

  27. mdintino1420 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:42 PM

    Congrats to the Raiders and to southern Nevada!! Las Vegas is experiencing growth. Getting the NHL is an example of that growth. The Raiders need to find a practice facility in or near Las Vegas. The Golden Knights are building their practice facility. Hopefully they get started on the new stadium ASAP, which is the critical component in this matter.

    There was a reason Mark Davis bought the domain “Las Vegas Raiders.”

  28. thetwilightsown says: Mar 26, 2017 11:07 PM

    Sad to see them go and the end of an era but at least there’s only one pantherpro in the world

  29. sorosbolshevism says: Mar 26, 2017 11:15 PM

    The Autumn Wind is no more…

  30. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: Mar 26, 2017 11:16 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:10 PM
    Notice that the bills aren’t moving
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    Let me fix that
    Notice that the bills aren’t moving yet.

    Ever notice the small market teams that do not move have success on the field. Greenbay I’m looking at you. The Bills stadium is a dump, I go there every year, bleacher seats, really is it still 1980? The time for a new stadium has come and gone in Buffalo. How long until the ownership tries to fleece the city for millions? Its comming and London needs a team.

  31. desertviking64 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:21 PM

    Name change to the Gamblers

  32. sdboltfan says: Mar 26, 2017 11:49 PM

    It is pretty obvious that Spanos is the biggest fool of all. He left a die-hard fanbase in San Diego to go to LA for more $$$. And for those of you who were questioning the fan attendance of the past few years, the Spanii clan and Fibiani did a great job in alienating the SD fanbase and also gave us a pathetic product on the field. Anyway, I will remain a fan of the SD Chargers and have nothing to with the LA team now.

    From one jilted city to another – Oakland, we feel for you. You may have our rivals but we respect your passion, drive and dedication for the Raiders. As brothers, lets rise up against the corporate greed of the NFL and the greedy billionaires who want to stuff their pockets.

  33. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Mar 27, 2017 12:21 AM

    I’d be so mad right now if I was an Oakland Raider fan and had the tattoo to prove it.

  34. omeimontis says: Mar 27, 2017 1:26 AM

    If they are going to move, I hope they do it his season. Go play in Vegas outdoors in late summer and winter. That would be fun.

  35. wolfmanpatriot says: Mar 27, 2017 1:51 AM

    Gonna take some getting used to them not being the Oakland raiders. In fact, now being in a state without an ocean, it may be best to drop the pirate name.

    I am happy for the fans getting to have a modern stadium to enjoy the games in. I hope they put some detail into the tailgating part of it. That is the way to watch a game to me. BBQ party.

  36. curtj5 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:23 AM

    Las Vegas RRAAAAIIIIDERRRRSSSSSS!

    Same team.

  37. chomskyp says: Mar 27, 2017 3:02 AM

    Vivaaaaaaa… Las Las Vegas….
    Elvis the new Raider’s Mascot Kool,
    I hope everything goes well for Mark there if not the Bank of America Raider’s? The NFL owners are taking a gamble with Mark Davis franchise the Raiders he is the one who will lose the team if it don’t work out, and out of all places Las Vegas, I hope it works out Mark good Luck..

  38. omeimontis says: Mar 27, 2017 3:14 AM

    Cities should have some pride. If a team is going to move, just evict them. Kick them out of the city instead of giving them a temporary lease.

  39. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 27, 2017 3:16 AM

    Viva Las Vegas!!

  40. daytontriangles says: Mar 27, 2017 4:01 AM

    skoobyfl says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:58 PM

    Next major source of NFL income, gambling. The seeds are being sowed.

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    Considering the number of owners that have large direct investments in daily fantasy sports, those seeds have long since sprouted, grown and been harvested. The owners are just diversifying their crops.

  41. babygaga19 says: Mar 27, 2017 4:15 AM

    Thank God! Lets all take a deep breath and squeal on 3…………….GOOOOOOOO RREEEEGGGGGGGGGIE!

  42. johnny07022 says: Mar 27, 2017 7:06 AM

    Unfortunately, that’s not enough for the league and owners who demand new stadiums from communities who can barely keep schools and police afloat.

    Sports brings in revenue – however, Police Unions and the Teachers Union suck the life out of their communities.

  43. bucnasty says: Mar 27, 2017 7:31 AM

    Wow why would you ask the two owners that have a big investment in draft kings . It’s alright they are ruining the game slowly but surely the numbers show ratings are dropping slowly but surly.. greed = fail I just hope this back fires in there face like the rams chargers move is currently doing and I really hope what ever these owners sign to get tax payers money to build stadiums and moves there team locks them to that place so they can’t just pick up and run when they don’t get there way let them suffer like so many tax paying fans that now have no home team

  44. scoocha says: Mar 27, 2017 7:37 AM

    The NHL may be destroyed by a possible Raiders move to Vegas.

  45. dbonedigdb4584 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:45 AM

    The only negative about this, is some players will become addicts at the gambling halls. With a Million in one’s pocket, why not a couple of hits at the BJ Table.

  46. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:55 AM

    Don’t feel sorry for Oakland. We all knew the Raiders were carpet baggers and this day was coming before the ink was dry on their 1995 Coliseum lease. That’s why they were never fully embraced by the community when they returned.

    We’re all relieved this is over. No more Raiders, no more drama. Go Athletics! Go Warriors! Shout out to the USFL Oakland Invaders, and 49ers and the NFL go to hell.

  47. pats74 says: Mar 27, 2017 9:00 AM

    Something just seems so wrong with the Raiders leaving California, but Vegas is the one city that I can see a fit with. Would have preferred they stay in Oakland, but I think they’ll do fine. More Raiders fans in So Cal, in my opinion, than Chargers or Rams fans. Vegas will be an easy trip.

  48. 49ersfury says: Mar 27, 2017 9:13 AM

    I am ecstatic that the Raiders are leaving my city. They are an embarrassment to Oakland. I told all the Raiders fans that it was too cold in that 49er shadow for the Raiders to survive in it.

    Oakland is 49er territory. Carmen Policy and Eddie Debartolo told Al Davis that when he tried to return. Real Oakland cats don’t mess with the Raiders. We were 49er fans when they left for Los Amgeles, and stayed 49ers fans when they returned.

    So long Raiders! If you need help packing, let me know.

    49ers 2017
    Return to Glory

  49. stlouisfan says: Mar 27, 2017 10:23 AM

    This is the NFL. They don’t care what fans want or that they are moving a franchise that has been supported for over 50 years. 3 franchise moves in just over a years time. Some advice to cities that will need new stadiums soon , Jacksonville , Nashville , New Orleans , Buffalo to name a few . If you want to keep your team and the owner wants you to pay for a new stadium ………….You better figure out a way to get it done . The teams that have moved have opened the door for teams to become free agents and make their best deal in other cities and you better make sure that your deal is better than the cities you will be competing with. Its almost a no win situation if another city really wants your team.

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