Jerry Jones is open to a team in Las Vegas

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Jerry Jones is one of the NFL’s most influential owners, and he was heavily involved in the decision to move the Rams to Los Angeles. Now Jones is talking about putting a team in Las Vegas.

With talk heading up that the Raiders could leave Oakland for Vegas, Jones (pictured in Las Vegas last weekend) said today that he’s open to the idea. Via Todd Archer of ESPN, Jones said he would welcome a discussion of a Vegas move, and he said the city’s status as America’s gambling capital shouldn’t dissuade the league from playing there.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is talking openly about the possibility of the Raiders coming to town. A plan is in place for a new domed stadium that would include $500 million from the Raiders, $150 million from the Sands Corporation and $750 million from Nevada taxpayers. If that deal is approved, more owners may be ready to give it the green light.

If Oakland agrees to spend taxpayer dollars on a new stadium for the Raiders, the Raiders will stay put. But that doesn’t appear likely. And at the moment, Las Vegas appears to be the most likely contender to take Oakland’s place as the Raiders’ home town.

69 responses to “Jerry Jones is open to a team in Las Vegas

  1. Vegas is slowly becoming a ghost town right? ALl the casino hotels are coming down I thought. Why would the NFL want to go there?

  2. Wait…if the Raiders are willing to go to Las Vegas rather than San Antonio, Jerry Jones is ok with that? Shocker!?!?!?!?

  3. Ha ha! Good luck getting $750 mill from the tax payers in Nevada…..not with the type of money running around the Las Vegas area. Heck, Steve Wynn probably paid off somebody that much just to make sure the monorail didn’t stop anywhere near his property.

  4. Of course he’s open to the Raiders going to Vegas – that means they won’t go to San Antonio, which is Cowboys country.

  5. And the Raiders would sell out every home game. Wh0 in their right mind would not go spend a weekend in Vegas?Whereas no one..I MEAN NO ONE, is looking to spend a weekend in Oakland.

    Maybe stay across the bay and then go see the Raiders, but in Vegas, the folks in L.A. (drive) and northern CA could fly to Vegas easily.

    Las Vegas Raiders doesn’t roll off the tongue as easy, but a sweet Dome and vacation spot, it seems logical for the NFL to set up shop there imo.

  6. What a relief! JJ is the true Commissioner of the NFL.

    Meanwhile, Vegas odds are 8-1 that in five years, Raiders will be knocking on new city doors seeking a new stadium. Fact!

  7. Jerry is open to an NFL team in Vegas, meanwhile I’m open to never hearing Jerry’s opinion on anything ever again

  8. drithe bors says:
    May 11, 2016 3:44 PM
    Vegas is slowly becoming a ghost town right? ALl the casino hotels are coming down I thought. Why would the NFL want to go there?

    ———————
    The stats say otherwise: (2015 census)

    HOW MANY VISITORS COME TO LAS VEGAS?
    Last year was 42,312,216

    HOW MANY CONVENTION DELEGATES VISIT?
    2015 saw 5,891,151 attendees.

    HOW MANY CONVENTIONS ARE HELD PER YEAR?
    21,306 were held last year.

    WHAT IS CLARK COUNTY’S GAMING REVENUE?
    In 2015 it was $9.6 Billion.

    WHAT IS LAS VEGAS STRIP’S GAMING REVENUE?
    Last year was $6.3 Billion.

  9. Mark Davis made tailgating a priority in Oakland. It is not in Las Vegas. Vocal and rabid fans in Oakland. Half the stadium in Vegas will be for the opponent. Bottom line is the Raiders belong in Oakland. STAY IN OAKLAND!!!!!!!!

  10. I’m worried bout the home field advantage. Too many visiting team fans gonna make the trip

  11. Travel to Oakland to see an NFL game? No thanks.

    Travel to Las Vegas to see an NFL game? Sign me up!

    Is there anyone in the country outside of Oakland that would disagree with the above sentiment?

  12. Lifetime raider fan, Raiders belong in Oakland but if the city of Oakland cannot get their stuff together then Viva Las Vegas baby!!!!

  13. To people saying the residents of Las Vegas won’t pay that much in taxes… you’re right, but that’s not where the money is coming from. They’re going to raise the hotel taxes to pay for it. If vipod4ever’s numbers are rigbht, people visiting Las Vegas will pay that $750M in no time.

  14. Tough Vegas trip for Jerrah in that pic. Guessing that his usual Vegas companions are a bit younger.

    Nobody does excess better than Vegas, perfect Super Bowl city.

  15. pilingon57 says:
    May 11, 2016 4:04 PM

    Mark Davis made tailgating a priority in Oakland. It is not in Las Vegas. Vocal and rabid fans in Oakland. Half the stadium in Vegas will be for the opponent. Bottom line is the Raiders belong in Oakland. STAY IN OAKLAND!!!!!!!!
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    People can already walk the streets of Vegas with open alcohol containers. Talk about a big tailgate party. Nice sentiment, wrong fact to back it up with.

  16. “ALl the casino hotels are coming down I thought”

    Why would you think that? They keep building newer, bigger and more lavish ones.

  17. The real name of this town is “Lost Wages.”
    Arrive with a fist full of dollars, and leave destitute. Now we can see which ones are the bigger crooks, the NFL, or the Mafia.

  18. I would love to see a pro football team come to Vegas, but as a Clark County taxpayer I don’t want to pay for it. If this deal can be done with all private money, for which 5 major casino companies have not even considered contributing, then I’m all for it. Otherwise, go somewhere else

  19. the uptick in “news” on the raiders heading to vegas means that the NFL is moving forward confidently knowing the Citizen’s Initiative for a Stadium in San Diego will likely pass. The NFL followed the playbook on generating enough fear in SD and will likely get what they always wanted- a premiere Super Bowl host in America’s Finest City.

    Now the sensational fear mongering media heads to Oakland…

  20. “Vegas is slowly becoming a ghost town right? ALl the casino hotels are coming down I thought. Why would the NFL want to go there?”

    I was just there about a month ago and the place was jammin’.

  21. I’m not sure that Las Vegas and surrounding area has the population base to fill a 70,000 seat stadium for 8 home games (plus any playoff games) every year, but with people coming in from SoCal and casinos comping tickets to high rollers, I think they’d do okay.

  22. I love the idea of a team in Vegas, but even the most liberal of thinkers needs to be prepared for a lot of player-related problems. NFL players usually get in trouble with on of 4 things, or a combination of those.

    Their problems stem from women, money, guns, or alcohol/drugs. With all the hookers and gambling, I would expect an increase in domestic charges, and financial trouble. At the end of the day, NFL players just aren’t that bright, and they make a lot of bad decisions. Vegas is the birthplace of a lot of bad decisions.

  23. Mighty mouth is opening his trap again. If Jerry is open to it, I guess it’s a done deal.

    A true idiot.

  24. Just move Baby. Oakland has screwed the Raiders long enough. Good riddance….

  25. Jerry Jones is fine with a move to Las Vegas so they don’t move to San Antonio. Jerry Jones is a dope. San Antonio is 274 miles from Dallas. A team moving there would not hurt the Cowboys. In basketball, San Antonio fans root for the Spurs, not the Mavericks.

    San Antonio deserves an NFL franchise, either by expansion or relocations. I’m sure the Redskins owner was against the Browns move to Baltimore. But he loved through it and isn’t starving

  26. I doubt Nevada would foot the bill. Blue state’s love raising taxes unless it’s tied to economic development. The left doesn’t recognize a good deal when one is thrown in their laps..

  27. I hate when teams move, but you know the NFL will not pass up a brand new taxpayer funded stadium.

  28. Jerry Jones is like Emperor Palpatine to Goodell’s Darth Vader. It will be done.

  29. demolition510 says:
    May 11, 2016 4:13 PM
    I’m worried bout the home field advantage. Too many visiting team fans gonna make the trip

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    The entire point of a team in Vegas is to draw the tourism crowd from other/opposing cities. Just imagine a game where they play the Bears, the Packers, the Giants, etc. and the city, casinos, hotels all make lots of money – this isn’t about developing a local market, this is about tourism $$$

  30. where ever the Raiders go, what ever they do, they will fail epically. it’s the raider way. they have no clue as to how to run a profitable NFL franchise. All the other teams have new stadiums, Raiders???? Street beggers, plain and simple.

  31. zeke2517 says:
    May 11, 2016 4:43 PM

    “Vegas is slowly becoming a ghost town right? ALl the casino hotels are coming down I thought. Why would the NFL want to go there?”

    I was just there about a month ago and the place was jammin’.
    _____________________

    I’m here right now (we have a place here) and WE BE JAMMIN’!!

  32. Can we stop pretending Mark Davis needs permission from Jerry or anyone else. Here’s how the story goes

    MD: I can move my team with your blessing or sue you in court and make you all look like fools.

    The other 31: OK LV Raiders it is

  33. The Raiders should stay in Oakland, but this has the feel of inevitability about it.

    Too bad.

    Vegas is quite possibly the most unnatural and unsustainable city on earth. It is an over the top, in your face monument to criminally stupid wretched excess, and is a peerless exemplar of everything that’s incurably wrong with this country. Do you want to know why the rest of the world hates us? Look no further than Las Vegas.

    Even Caligula would be appalled by it, and ashamed to live there.

    Come to think of it, it is perfect for the NFL…

  34. $750M from residents of Nevada??? Corporate welfare by any other name is still corporate welfare. The NFL is not a charity.

    Let’s say that this money comes from increasing taxes on hotels and so forth. That means the overwhelming majority of people visiting Nevada will be paying an NFL tax and the question remains … why????

    During election years people always complain about decency and moral values. Here’s an example of both ideas being forgotten completely and there are very few people willing to ask why?

    If you asked to spend $750M to fund a Special Needs Education Center, which would in fact provide more value than a stadium, you could expect the line of people crying about moral outrage to line the city. But an NFL stadium … why that’s the kind of corporate welfare that only commie-socialists would despise!

  35. I love the idea but wonder, with their revenues why would they need any tax payer money? They could easily muster up that much in a short period of time. However, if the casinos are solidly booked througout the year they may say, ‘whats in it for us’?.
    Aint like thousands of us will go there for a game. One other issue, Sun through Thursday is a typical stay, people going to conferences, also show up on Sundays so this could be a big issue with fans trying to get hotel rooms, traffic, over crowding. Lots of things for them to think about.

  36. this is a disaster waiting to happen. if the national football league puts a team in los vegas, before u know it ppl will start gambling on football. cant have that. not in this league.

  37. Great, like there are not enough taxes and fees on the hotel rooms. That’s why you have 6 people staying in a king bedroom as it is. Next to the $35 Resort Fee we have the $25 Stadium tax. Welcome to Las Vegas!

  38. San Antonio deserves an NFL franchise, either by expansion or relocations. I’m sure the Redskins owner was against the Browns move to Baltimore. But he loved through it and isn’t starving.
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    While I agree with you that San Antonio deserves and NFL franchise, but the Browns move to Baltimore was in no way aided by the altruistic Redskins.

    At the time the move was announced, Jack Kent Cooke owned the Redskins. He was building a stadium in Landover that is now FedEx Field. For the Stadium to be built, he needed $175 in road improvements in the surrounding area to make it happen. Cooke initially said he would be voting against the Browns relocation — until Maryland Governor Parris Glendenning let him know in no uncertain terms that he would not be getting his promised $175 million. After that, Cooke fell into line.

    That is why I think this thing with Vegas will happen. In the NFL, money talks, and who on planet earth has more money than Vegas?

  39. Hey Raider Rob,

    Raider trash has burned you twice….. come on over to the beautiful Levis stadium. We have 80,000 season tickets but we have room for one lameduck Raider fan!

  40. but a dome stadium..?? Thats just not a Raider home if it has a dome…I love my Raiders either way but times are a changing Raiders in a dome is brutal for any old school Raider…

  41. Yes, it does suck for the hometown fans of a warm weather/tourist destination (ask any Bucs fan what it’s like). BUT this fits the perfect scenario for greedy NFL owners, they dont care about the fans only the $$$ and this would be a cash cow.

    Some have complained about the $750 coming from NV taxpayers, they’ll make that back in taxes alone the first few years. Then wait until they send the “Big Game” there.

    lasher1650 says:
    May 11, 2016 5:53 PM
    demolition510 says:
    May 11, 2016 4:13 PM
    I’m worried bout the home field advantage. Too many visiting team fans gonna make the trip

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    The entire point of a team in Vegas is to draw the tourism crowd from other/opposing cities. Just imagine a game where they play the Bears, the Packers, the Giants, etc. and the city, casinos, hotels all make lots of money – this isn’t about developing a local market, this is about tourism $$$

  42. This fits right into the plans with relocation . The NFL wanted the King of California in LA all alone. This keeps a spot open in LA as leverage for other teams to keep getting stadiums built at the expense of cities that are afraid their team will move to LA in that open spot. SK and the NFL did not want Davis in LA. The NFL wanted a team in SD and will help Spanos get that stadium built by helping pay for it. These deals were worked out before the Rams moved to LA. This was part of the pay off from the NFL to Spanos and Davis to have them go away quietly after pushing the Rams to LA with Jerrys help. In the end everyone will get what they want . More money. I feel for the fans of Oakland. They never had a chance.

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