The Las Vegas Raiders are about to get more real as it is reported that a key NFL committee will recommend the Silver and Black’s relocation to Nevada.
According to the Washington Post, an influential joint committee of NFL owners is inclined to recommend that the Raiders’ application to move from Oakland to Las Vegas be put to a vote later this month. The committee of owners on the stadium and finance committees has not made a formal recommendation yet, but the recommendation could be coming with a little more work.
Any relocation requires 24 of 32 owners’ votes, and that could happen as soon as the March 26-29 meetings in Phoenix, per the report.
Granted, a recommendation does not guarantee that the owners’ votes will approve the Raiders’ relocation. The same committee recommended the joint stadium proposed by the Chargers and Raiders in Carson, Calif.
However, owners chose the Rams project in Inglewood with an option for a second NFL team to join them. Of course, the Chargers are becoming that second team in L.A. while the Raiders are pursuing Las Vegas.
Thus, the committee recommendation could signal that there is not another option for the Raiders. Raiders owner Mark Davis has his sights on a $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas.
The proposed stadium is set to receive $750 million in approved public funding, while the Raiders would supply $500 million. The other $650 million in financing would come from Bank of America, as recently reported. The Raiders informed the NFL of that decision after financing from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson was withdrawn.
Meanwhile, Oakland has not satisfied the NFL with a viable stadium deal in the Bay Area.
Either way, the franchise would remain in their current market while the new stadium is under construction. The Silver and Black would remain in Oakland for at least the 2018 and ’19 seasons.
Carr said he is focused on working for a Super Bowl, no matter where the team plays. However, relocation really impacts the fans the most.
The Raiders quarterback added that he loves Oakland. Carr said Oakland has supported him through the good and bad times, so he feels bad for fans in the current market.
Either way, Carr said he will make the most of Vegas because Raiders fans are the best in the world. He said Raiders fans are everywhere, so he expects them to show up and be supportive in Vegas.
Still, Carr added that he is a California guy so it would be cool to stay in the Bay Area.
Carr pretty much echoed Raiders fans’ thoughts as their team constantly makes news for relocation efforts, despite being poised for a deep playoff run for the first time since 2002.
The Raiders have played in Oakland since 1995, after a 12-year stint in Los Angeles. Before that, Oakland was home to the Raiders from 1960-81.