A potential home for the Raiders in Las Vegas took another step thanks to a bill signed by Nevada’s governor, earlier this week, according to ESPN.
Raiders owner Mark Davis joined Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, as well as construction workers and Raiders fans, for a ceremony at UNLV which celebrated the announcement.
The Raiders owner said the stadium in Nevada made an offer that they can not refuse so he will see how the league feels about it.
NFL owners meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Houston, but no decisions are expected. The Owners will use the time to gather information, per The Mercury News.
Davis does plan to introduce some of the details for his proposal in advance of January’s winter meetings, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Either way, the Raiders move would require three-quarters approval from NFL owners. It also requires a business deal about who gets what sources of revenue, according to The Mercury News.
Just last week, Nevada Lawmakers approved a deal that increases hotel taxes in Las Vegas to raise the $750 million needed for a 65,000-seat, $1.9 billion stadium and the more than $500 million needed to renovate the Las Vegas Convention Center. Per ESPN, this is the largest public contribution, 39 percent, ever proposed toward an NFL stadium.
The state’s Senate and Assembly passed the bill with persuasion from workers in the Laborers’ Union, who are eager for the 25,00 construction jobs expected from the convention center, according to ESPN.
Further, the stadium would help UNLV which is entering renaissance, UNLV President Len Jessup said.
Opposers say the deal prioritizes the project over Nevada’s school and mental health needs, according to ESPN.
Still, Davis maintains that this is not a leverage play for a stadium in Oakland. He went as far to say that Las Vegas will become the future home for all of Raider Nation.
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