Goodell: A Lot Has to Happen for the Raiders to End Up in Las Vegas

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Roger Goodell spent Sunday night in Minnesota to help celebrate the grand opening of the Vikings’ stadium, but the NFL commissioner indicated he’s not prepared to plan a similar party in Las Vegas, Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Goodell pumped the brakes on the Raiders’ anticipated attempt to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, three days after the 11-member Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously to recommend a financing proposal for a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium.

In comments reported by The Associated Press, Goodell addressed the potential of approving Las Vegas as an NFL city, saying, “There’s still a lot that has to happen before we would get to that stage. Recognizing that they came out of committee with a bill, but there’s still a lot of work to be done to improve that recommendation.

“Well, you never want to see a community lose their franchise once, much less twice. The Minnesota community did that in a great way. I think we can do it in Oakland. I think there’s a solution there, but it takes the community to help identify it.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis did not return a phone message Sunday. When recently asked about his plans for relocation, Davis said, “If Las Vegas comes through with what we’ve been talking about, I’m going to fight like hell to be there.”

Note: We guess that Goodell has memory loss. He allowed St. Louis to lose a team twice(Cardinals and Rams) despite a somewhat viable stadium plan where Oakland and San Diego had none.


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