Roger Goodell: No determination if Las Vegas is a viable location for Raiders

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The Raiders’ bid to move to Las Vegas hit a roadblock this week when Sands casino owner Sheldon Adelson pulled out of a deal to partner with the team on the construction of a stadium.

Goldman Sachs was also involved in the project, but the loss of a local leader appears to be a big hit to the team’s chances of getting league approval for such a move. The first question at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference on Wednesday was whether the league believes Las Vegas is a viable location for an NFL team.

“We haven’t made a determination about Las Vegas as an NFL market,” Goodell said. “That’s part of the relocation process. The Raiders submitted an application, it’s one that we’re considering carefully but there’s a great deal of work to be done. There are several elements of that. Financing the stadium is just one, obviously the stadium project itself, the depth of the market — All of those are things that we’ve studied over the last several months. That will increase in intensity over the next month or so.”

Goodell said that he believes the NFL can coexist with gambling, but said that the league did not believe that having a casino take an ownership stake in either a team or a stadium is consistent with league policies.

Goodell was also asked if San Diego could be a viable option for the Raiders in the event that the Las Vegas bid fell through. The team has reportedly heard from the city about that possibility. Goodell reiterated his earlier comment that the league is “disappointed” that they left San Diego, but that any thought of a team returning to the city would “have to find a solution to” a stadium problem that Goodell said has existed for 15 years.

31 responses to “Roger Goodell: No determination if Las Vegas is a viable location for Raiders

  1. “Goodell said that he believes the NFL can coexist with gambling, but said that the league did not believe that having a casino take an ownership stake in either a team or a stadium is consistent with league policies.”

    Which is exactly why it’s a good thing, not a bad thing that Adelson is out.

  2. If the Raiders went to San Diego, could the owners just swap…leaving us with the Los Angeles Raiders and the San Diego Chargers?

  3. First Adelson backs out, then Goldman Sachs backs out. It might be that Mark Davis is the real problem here. An owner who can’t even afford the relocation fee is not in the power position anymore. He has a great asset that people want without him.
    Mark Davis is handling this like he is selling a car but insists he gets to ride shotgun every time you want to take it out.
    Nobody wants to ride with this clown.

  4. We came back home in 1995. We will stay put, and only need to work out the details when a rich guy like Ellison breaks out his checkbook, or the league wakes up and just loans them the money.

  5. “Goodell said that he believes the NFL can coexist with gambling”

    Well that much is obvious with Rooney and Mara owning teams and having so much power in the league.

  6. The Raiders need to jump on the San Diego offer. All LA fans would have their team again, in a better venue. San Diego Raiders has a nice ring to it.

  7. “The Raiders submitted an application, it’s one that we’re considering carefully.”
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    If he considers it as “carefully” as he did Aldon Smith’s reinstatement, Davis can expect an answer in 2019.

  8. dejadoh says:
    The Raiders need to jump on the San Diego offer.
    ———————————————- If Davis doesn’t think Santa Carla “fits” why would he think SD does? The San Diego Raiders? Sounds as awkward as the San Diego Steelers.

  9. As bad as it is, Qualcomm is still nicer than the coliseum. Still think the best course of action would be to find a solution in Oakland

  10. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says:
    Feb 1, 2017 7:11 PM

    The President should rattle Rodges’ and his handlers cages and force the league to bridge the gap in stadium construction funds, with an agreement for a percentage of revenues going back to the league.
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    donald dump should go into hibernation for the next four years. That would be the best outcome for our country but the con artist’s ego is too big to allow this to happen. So sad for us all.

  11. The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. The economic opportunity is way too good to pass up. Who else is going to contribute 750 million in public funding? The answer: Nobody

    Super Bowls in Las Vegas will be off the hook!! It will be a gigantic money printing factory.

  12. Sorry, Vegas is DOA.

    Two things about the legendary Raider Nation fan base. They don’t support their team at home and they don’t care when their team moves. LOL at the greatness of this fan base. Just Tarp Me, Baby!!

  13. Or instead of the league paying one red cent, or having another owner to share with Mark, they could simply waive the $500 million relocation fee, Mark could scale the stadium down slightly from the 1.8 billion to a more “modest” 1.5 billion take Nevadas money and theirs and not have to deal with anyone else, oh and by the way they get their 1 dollar a year rent, just so long as UNLV gets to use the stadium on Saturdays, this all would be in the best interests for all involved.

  14. This was a ruse from day one. There is NO WAY the NFL would put a team in Vegas and have a big time Vegas person own it at the same time. TO ME, this smelled like a smoke screen from day one to force Oakland into FINALLY getting into the game. Plus the fact the the Raiders would take over the 6th best TV market now that the 49ers suck… things have conveniently happened at the right time, just before the owners meeting.

  15. Mark Davis is a broke joke. Honey, dont go to Vegas and expect to sit with the big boys with an empty wallet. LOL! Just beg, baby. You will always Mexico!

  16. You all can write what you feel about the deal but “a” fact is that the state of Nevada did not approve 750 mil for an Adelson nor a Goldman Sacks Stadium.Its for a Raiders and UNLV Stadium.

    Now it does not have to be the Raiders but that money is still there for the Stadium regardless of what Adelson or Goldman Sachs does or has done.That is more money than Oakland,San Antonio,San Diego or where eva has come up with.The NFL knows this,dont you?

  17. Unless one of the casinos steps in and helps Mark Davis, he should call Red McCombs and set something up with San Antonio.. The Raiders need to leave Oakland ASAP!!!!!!

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