A forgone conclusion, the Raiders go to Las Vegas
Oakland has lost an NFL team for the second time. They should be getting used to it by now. The Raiders will actually be playing the next two seasons still in Oakland waiting for the stadium to get built. The Las Vegas Raiders was almost unanimously voted by the NFL owners. They received 31 of the possible 32 votes to approve the relocation, 24 votes are all that is needed for the move. The only vote against came from the Dolphins so that give people more ammo to hate Miami besides Mercury Morris. The Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross said in a statement,” that we as owners and as a league owes it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted. I want to wish Mark Davis and the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas.” That is spoken by a guy who is in need of some fans.
Possibly staying until 2018 in Oakland
The new Raiders’ stadium, 65,000 seat dome stadium is going to be shared with UNLV. The Stadium might not be opened until 2020. The Raiders hold two one-year options to stay at the Alameda County Coliseum. Widely regarded as the worst stadium in the NFL, Mark Davis is singing praise for the Oakland area and trying to keep as many fans as possible. Davis has already taken playing at UNLV’s current home off the table. Sam Boyd stadium is only nine miles away but security concerns and a horrible locker room have made playing there not doable for a whole season.
Oakland with one last ditch effort
The mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf tried one last time on Monday. In a letter delivered to the owners, she asked for a delay to give them a chance. The city was negotiating a deal with a small group to complete a deal to build a new stadium on the Coliseum site. Rodger Goodell said the deal was not a “viable solution.” The total money for the stadium in Las Vegas is $1.9 billion dollars. $500 million is coming from Mark Davis and $750 million will be publicly funded by the city of Las Vegas. The rest will be coming from Bank of America. Fun tidbit of information is that Mark Davis took the trademark for the Las Vegas Raiders in 1998.