Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said he is committed to Las Vegas, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal, despite a potential deal emerging from his current market.
Davis said he is working on the stadium in Las Vegas. This could mean he is not focused on any stadium developments in Oakland.
Davis’ comments come the same week that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the city has agreed on the framework for a new stadium plan.The Raiders owner said his franchise is not part of that agreement.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, a team of investors met in closed session with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to discuss terms for selling or leasing the Oakland Coliseum. This group called the Oakland City Pro Football Group LLC. is led by former NFL star Ronnie Lott.
Lott said this week that he hopes to put something on the table that Davis can not refuse, according NBC Bay Area. Besides the support of Schaaf, Lott has reached out to Silicon Valley money me like Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
There are no specifics or details released on this deal, but they are expected to be presented to the Oakland City Council soon. Schaaf said she has never felt closer to finding a way to keep the Raiders in Oakland.
Per NBC Bay Area, Schaaf said the group has the capital and passion for keeping the Raiders in Oakland via a privately financed stadium. She also added that the team belongs in Oakland because the Raiders are part of the City’s identity.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Davis on Monday, as the Raiders defeated the Houston Texans in Mexico City.
Just a week before at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rams’ new stadium, Goodell said the Raiders in Oakland was the ideal solution for a new stadium.
Still, Vegas remains a serious contender. Davis plans to officially file for relocation in January, which means the Raiders would need 24 of 32 owners to vote in favor of their move.
Nevada Legislature approved a financing plan for a 65,000-seat, $1.9 billion domed stadium in Las Vegas. The plan calls for $750 million in public funding from a hotel room tax increase, as well as $650 million from the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson.
This stadium situation should continue developing in Las Vegas and Oakland. Meanwhile, the Raiders play the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 27 at 1:25 p.m. PST.
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