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NFL doesn’t rule out Las Vegas as potential home for Raiders

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The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams after Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis paid Las Vegas a visit last week.

The letter, which was obtained by ESPN, did not explicitly say anything negative about Sin City as a potential league market, despite its ties to betting and the fact that gambling is legal. After Davis and the Raiders were spurned in the race to Los Angeles won by Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke, there are few options left for a team having trouble getting any cooperation in their home market. 

The San Diego Chargers have decided to stay home for now, which leaves the San Diego market occupied for a potential move on Oakland’s part. San Antonio is another site Davis has explored in the past.

But the Lone Star State plays host to two strong owners in Jerry Jones and Bob McNair, who would likely do everything possible to keep the football-crazed state to themselves. 

That leaves Sin City, which could turn into an ideal fit for the Raiders. There are still many hurdles to clear, and the biggest one is a marriage of a league that is staunchly against gambling with the city most known for it. 

It’s a catalyst for a serious conversation that needs to happen at some point. Why not now?

The Raiders need some options.

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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