National Football League owners ok Raiders move to Las Vegas

by Steven Clarke April 12, 2017, 0:51
National Football League owners ok Raiders move to Las Vegas

On Monday, all but one National Football League team voted in favor of relocating the Raiders to Las Vegas.

The question is whether the fans will feel the same way as the Coliseum authority does about having the Raiders stay an extra year before leaving? He reiterated his disregard for playing any games at UNLV's 35,500-seat Sam Boyd Stadium other than perhaps in the preseason.

The Raiders have started taking deposits on tickets for the 2017 season from current season-ticket holders.

"I feel bad for the city of Oakland", he said.

Many diehard fans have pulled their support and said they won't attend games in Oakland or Las Vegas. The only team to vote against the move was Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

"I want to come into Las Vegas clean", Davis told ESPN.

Moreover, any Southern California NFL fan that refuses to follow the Raiders to Vegas, will already have a ready-made replacement plan with the Los Angeles Rams back home in L.A. It included 169 acres of "free land" promised by then-Oakland mayor Jean Quan, an offer later rescinded by sitting mayor Libby Schaaf.

But supporters of the deal say the finances are strong, and the economics of building the stadium and bringing the Raiders here are sound. "We needed to provide certainties and stability for the Raiders and the league".

The move bolsters efforts by Las Vegas to become a destination for professional sports. Yesterday City Council President Larry Reid was consulting lawyers to see if they could immediately kick the raiders out of the Coliseum.

When will the stadium in Las Vegas be completed? After that, however, they may not be welcomed back according to one stadium executive.

"It's very bittersweet", Davis said.

There isn't much that will make Raiders fans in the Bay Area feel better, but Carr did as good of a job as he could to try and help everyone involved in this move. But it has happened and I want to give credit where it's due.

"I know (owner) Mark Davis did what he had to do but you still think there could have been a way to keep them where they belong".

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