Oakland Raiders to Move to Las Vegas? – Rumor Has It

Rumor has it that the Oakland Raiders might move to Las Vegas. Reportedly, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis will be in Las Vegas to meet with Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Sands chairman and CEO.

UNLV Stadium Map
The 42 acre site, shown in blue, on Tropicana Avenue is one that the UNLV Foundation has in mind for a football stadium. (Courtesy, Colliers)

*Update – January 30, 2016: So, it’s possible the NFL will have no qualms with the Raiders moving to Las Vegas. As there website states, “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.” – NFL releases memo regarding Raiders’ interest in Las Vegas

A leaked memo from Len Jessup, UNLV president, read that Oakland Raiders representatives will be checking out potential stadium sites in Las Vegas on Friday.

I personally think this is great news for the city of Las Vegas. Do I care if it’s the Oakland Raiders? Not in the slightest. They aren’t MY favorite team, but an NFL franchise in Las Vegas will again show that we are vibrant and well diversified city. I mean, we do have over 2 million people that live here and over 42 million visitors per year. So, it’s really about time.

Now, will the NFL allow the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas? I’m not sure. The NFL has long been steadfast against such a move. I mean, they won’t even allow Las Vegas establishments to use the word Super Bowl in any of it’s advertising. But, maybe they’re watching Las Vegas make financial commitments to bring other major league sports here and will allow an Oakland Raiders move. Only time will tell.

Learn more about the Oakland Raiders at www.raiders.com.

As this story develops, I’ll add more to this post.

Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders

About Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football franchise currently based in Oakland, California. The Raiders began playing in 1960 as a member of the American Football League (AFL); they have been a member of the National Football League (NFL) since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger. The Raiders compete in the NFL as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) West division. As of the start of the team’s 2015 season, the Raiders have an all-time regular season record of 437–388–11, with a playoff record of 25–18. – Wikipedia

About UNLV

University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) is an American public research university located in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada. The 332-acre campus is located approximately 1.6-mile east of the Las Vegas Strip. The university includes the Shadow Lane Campus, located just east of the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, which houses the School of Dental Medicine— the only dental school in the state of Nevada. In addition, UNLV’s law school, the William Boyd School of Law, is also the only law school in the state. – Wikipedia

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