Well, now that the Chargers have decided to move to LA for the 2017 season, a new option for the Raiders has now come up.. According to a recent report on Yardbarker.com, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis just spent a visit with Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which is the parent company of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Supposedly, the purpose of Davis’s visit was to take a look at a 42-acre site that a new special events stadium will be built upon. It was immediately assumed that this visit was nothing more than a rue by Davis to gain leverage as he tries to determine what to do with his team, now that he is shut out of the LA deal. However, that seems to be a false assumption as shortly after the visit, the NFL released a memo to the PR directors of all 32 teams. As first reported by Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles News Group and confirmed by Albert Breer or NFL Network, the memo contained wording directly associate wit the Las Vegas visit by Davis, and advised that “If your club owner or executives are asked about this, there is no need to comment. If any comment is offered, please keep the following points in mind:”
1. All decisions regarding the location of teams are made by the full membership. Three-fourths of the member clubs must approve any team move.
2. No proposal made to the league. It would be speculative to suggest that your club would or would not support such a proposal. If such a proposal is made, it would be considered under the league’??s relocation policies.
3. There is no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city. Any proposal for relocation would be evaluated based on the same standards as apply to any proposed move. Those standards are well-known, having just been applied in connection with relocation proposals to Los Angeles.
Basically what the memo is telling the teams is that there really are no rules stopping this move if the NFL, owners and obviously Davis want it to happen. That said, the statement isn’t suggesting it’s a given it would happen, even if all the owners did vote in favor of a Vegas proposal. Given the potential problems (gambling anyone?) for any pro sports team operating in Las Vegas, the league would certainly have reasons to stop the move. Remember, as stated in a previous RAIDERSGAB post, Mark Davis has other options in play.. The whole San Antonio things is still very real, as is the Raiders trying to stay put in Oakland with a new stadium deal. Also in the mix is the Raiders taking the Chargers spot in 2017 after their move to LA..
All very interesting stuff. As I said before, as a RAIDER FAN, I really would like to see the team stay in Oakland, but there is a lot to deal with to make that happen.. What will owner Mark Davis ultimately decide? Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more news as it happens !!