This past Wednesday in Houston, NFL Commissioner and generally disliked human being Roger Goodell made it clear after the NFL owners meeting that an NFL team will not being calling Las Vegas home anytime soon, but for many, the fight is only just beginning.
Oakland Raiders owner, Mark Davis, is more determined than ever to move his team. He does not see a future in Oakland, especially since there is no plan for a new stadium, and believes that Raider Nation is a strong enough fan base to move 8 hours between states to Sin City.
The drive for a Las Vegas team is nothing new, especially with the new friendship between Davis and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.
I would like to thank Governor Sandoval, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and the members of the Nevada Legislature on this historic day. All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for the entire Raider Nation.
Raiders owner Mark Davis all smiles at stadium bill signing. pic.twitter.com/jSrfL1s2nD
— Steve Cofield (@stevecofield) October 17, 2016
The idea of the Raiders moving started looking like a reality when Gov. Sandoval signed a bill on Monday that plans to put $750 million hotel tax dollars toward building a $1.9 billion domed stadium on the south side of The Strip. It is risky to build a stadium like this and not have a team set or even destined to go to Vegas yet; especially when the intended fan base wants nothing to do with it.
— SFChronicle (@sfchronicle) October 20, 2016
There has been a solid reason as to why professional sports of any kind haven’t made their way into Vegas–sports betting and the higher chance of games being fixed is a real issue. Now I am not naive in thinking that this doesn’t already happen across the nation, but there is something about presenting the platform in which to break the rules that seems ridiculous.
Goodell on gambling: “We remain very much opposed to gambling on sports. …. we want to make sure we’re doing what’s right for the game.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 19, 2016
However, Dallas Cowboy dictator, Jerry Jones, seems to have little concern for possible cheaters.
I really don’t think that gaming — relative to what Las Vegas has done [while focusing on] families and entertainment — is the issue it might’ve been 15, 20 years ago. Las Vegas has everything. I’m not saying gaming isn’t sensitive nationally. I’m saying Las Vegas itself has softened the gaming issue.
Mark Davis also has to take a look at how he is going to manage his players. Las Vegas is meant for reckless fun and poor decisions, what makes anyone think young football players with a newly stacked bank account will be able to behave themselves? Las Vegas is a fun idea for a night or two, spending a whole season there is asking for trouble. Cheers to California keeping four teams…for now.