Raiders already taking deposits for Las Vegas stadium

by Jared Lewis March 30, 2017, 0:51

While Miami Dolphins owner Ross wished the team well, he gave a nod to Oakland fans in explaining his decision to vote against the move. Unlike the Rams and the Chargers - both of whom moved to Los Angeles - the Raiders will not immediately be leaving the city of Oakland.

The Raiders have been in Oakland in 45 of the franchise's 58 seasons, including the last 22. It's one thing if you're moving from Oakland to Fremont or something, but to Las Vegas? "And I think maintaining those rivalries is very important for the Chiefs and obviously very important for our fans". He added that he wouldn't pay money to see any more games.

It didn't take long for Oakland, California mayor Libby Schaaf to put a spin on the recent vote by National Football League franchise owners to allow the Raiders franchise to move from Oakland to Las Vegas.

"So Las Vegas, you can count on us bringing a piece of Oakland with us and you are getting a tough, loyal, and competitive fan base and team", he said. And there really are no fans like Oakland Raider fans. "While I'm sad for family and friends and fans in the Oakland area, I also recognize the tremendous opportunity going forward for our organization".

"And I will, in the coming days, try to explain to them what went into making this hard decision". That didn't lessen the emotions of the team's dedicated fans in the East Bay who regularly came to games in costumes even during a stretch of 13 straight seasons without a playoff berth that ended this past season. "You can't just keep moving franchises". "You just don't move certain franchises".

"Today will forever change the landscape of Las Vegas and UNLV football", said Steve Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission and a former member of a panel appointed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to study the stadium tax funding plan.

The Raiders aren't scheduled to move to Las Vegas until about 2020 when a $1.9 billion dome that will serve as their new home is finished being built.

It appears that the Raiders are already making contingency plans in case their divorce with the city of Oakland gets messy.

While there are contingencies to leave the market early based upon how fans react to the Raiders remaining in Oakland after committing to Las Vegas, that isn't what the Raiders want.

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