NFL Expected to Vote on the Raiders Move to Vegas Monday

The Raiders may no longer be the Oakland Raiders as of Monday, as the NFL is expected to take a vote for the teams’ possible move to Las Vegas as early as the 2017 season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Mayor Libby Schaaf in a letter Friday that the Ronnie Lott-led Oakland stadium proposal is filled with uncertainty, David Debolt of Bayaareanewsgroup reports.

In the letter obtained by this news organization Saturday, Goodell wrote that the city’s proposal is not “clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable time frame, and free of major contingencies.”

The criticism from the NFL’s top executive came days before NFL owners are expected to vote on the team’s relocation to Nevada and in response to an earlier letter from Schaaf outlining the $1.3 billion development at the Coliseum complex.

Hall of Famer Lott and his investors have proposed building a 55,000-seat football stadium, along with hotels, restaurants and space for a new ballpark for the A’s.

Meanwhile, in Nevada, the Raiders have proposed building a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium near the Las Vegas Strip, relying heavily on $750 million in taxpayer money and a $650 million loan from Bank of America.

“Key issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are simply not resolvable in a reasonable time,” Goodell wrote of the Oakland proposal.

Part of the commissioner’s concerns center on the A’s long-term lease at the Coliseum, a facility they have shared with the Raiders for decades.

Schaaf has previously said the NFL requested that the city “truncate” the lease, and she hoped the request was not a “take-it-or-leave-it condition.” Goodell, in his letter, said, “the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown.”

“We also accept that you do not wish to exercise (and may not be able to exercise) the contractual termination rights related to the A’s,” the commissioner noted.

Lott’s proposal, which includes a $600 million commitment from money-management firm Fortress Investment, sets aside 15 acres for the A’s, if they choose to stay at the Coliseum.

At a rally with fans on Saturday, Schaaf said there is no conflict with the A’s, and the city has given the NFL as much detail as it can.

“We have gotten as clear as we can get without the Raiders at the table,” Schaaf told the crowd inside the Coliseum. “We need the Raiders at the table.”

“We have gotten as clear as we can get without the Raiders at the table,” Schaaf told the crowd inside the Coliseum. “We need the Raiders at the table.”

City officials have said that it has been more than a year since they have met directly with the team’s owner, Mark Davis, who has committed to the Las Vegas deal.

Goodell acknowledged and thanked Oakland city officials, specifically Schaaf, for being “accessible, creative and diligent in exploring alternatives.”


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