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LAS VEGAS — Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis was back in Las Vegas on Friday, and it wasn’t for April Fools. He toured UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium and evaluated whether the school could serve as a temporary home for the NFL team if a deal is ultimately reached to construct a new football palace in Sin City.

His attendance on the tour was revealed after a photo was tweeted showing Davis walking with UNLV heavyweights — Sands Casino chairman Sheldon Adelson has proposed the construction of a 65,000-seat stadium that would be shared between the Raiders and UNLV Rebels football team.

Mike Newcomb, executive director of Sam Boyd Stadium, said the 90-minute tour went well, and that Davis left with an overall positive feeling of his team playing football games at the venue. “They’re really excited about Las Vegas,” Newcomb said of the Raiders. “Mr. Davis had never been to Sam Boyd before, and I think he was surprised and excited about how nice it was.”
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Raiders owner Mark Davis to address state panel to discuss proposed stadium, move to Las Vegas

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis will appear before a state committee later this month to discuss relocating the National Football League team to Las Vegas.

The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee meets April 28 at UNLV to review tourism-related projects for possible state funding. A 65,000-seat stadium in the Strip resort corridor is among the projects under consideration for recommendation to the Nevada Legislature. Davis will be at the meeting to address the stadium plan and the Raiders’ potential move, a source confirmed Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

The infrastructure committee’s recommendations, due this summer, are not binding.
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Would love to see the raiders in Vegas. I really hope they move there. The NFL would be stupid for not setting shop there considering the cities clout in the entertainment industry. I'm a Seahawk fan because I was raised in Seattle, but considering I go to Vegas 2 to 3 times a year, I'd definitely see a raiders home game every year if they were in Vegas.
 

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Reports: Mark Davis to pledge Raiders move to Las Vegas if domed stadium is built

By BILL BRADLEY and RICHARD N. VELOTTA
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The Oakland Raiders will seek relocation to Las Vegas if a domed stadium is built here, according to two reports.

Both Sports Illustrated and the Bleacher Report reported Monday that Raiders owner Mark Davis will pledge Thursday to move the team to Southern Nevada if a 65,000-seat stadium is built along Tropicana Avenue near the Strip.

Davis is scheduled to appear Thursday — the same day as the NFL Draft’s first round — at a Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee meeting at UNLV. A plan to build a $1.3 billion domed stadium will be discussed at that meeting.
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Raiders owner willing to spend $500 million on move to Las Vegas

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said today he was serious about moving his team to Las Vegas and offered a half-billion-dollar pledge for a proposed $1.4 billion, 65,000-seat domed football stadium.

Davis told an influential tourism committee gathered at UNLV that the Raiders would put up $500 million toward the stadium if Nevada legislators approve public funding for the project and other NFL owners allow the team to relocate.

Those significant obstacles would remain in the way of the stadium project, even after it’s been thoroughly vetted by the tourism panel.

“We do want to be your partners. We’re not coming in looking for a free handout,” Davis said. “I want to tell you what I told Gov. Sandoval a few weeks ago: Together, we can turn the Silver State into the Silver and Black State.”

Overall, the stadium would be paid for with $750 million in public money and $650 million in private funds, backers told the 11-member committee of leaders from Nevada’s public and private sectors.
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/apr/28/hoping-to-attract-raiders-stadium-backers-go-befor/
 

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Steve Wynn says Las Vegas should get ready for Raiders

By NORM CLARKE
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Billionaire Steve Wynn quietly has been taking on a power-broker role to help bring the NFL to Las Vegas.

Addressing his involvement for the first time during a red carpet event Friday, Wynn revealed he’s met with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and two influential NFL owners, Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Stan Kroenke, who recently moved his St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles.

Wynn said Las Vegas has to be ready if the opportunity presents itself.

“If the NFL says, ‘If you want to move to Las Vegas, Raiders, you can,’ then we’ve got to spring into action and we’ve got to come up with a program.

“I just thought it would be a great thing for the town, don’t you agree?”

I asked Wynn if he was partnering with Adelson.

“Well,” said Wynn, “Sheldon and I are both very strong supporters of it, and how it plays out is something we’ve got to see.

“We haven’t been down to the nitty gritty of it because, first of all, do the owners believe this is OK?” he added. “Their attitude toward the relationship with sports and gaming has changed. They’re having two games in London, where the entire audience can bet play by play, and the NFL is going to London and the audience is participating in that.

“So there’s been a sea change in the NFL’s attitude, at least based upon the London games,” Wynn continued. “It’s not hypocritical. I think they’re in a state of change. How that plays out with us is interesting.”

Wynn emphasized that “the one thing that Las Vegas should have in its arsenal that’s missing is a great stadium and an NFL team,” he said.

Davis “is dying to do it. He came to see me and Sheldon (Adelson). He made the rounds. He wanted to make sure there was local support.”

“Now financing these puppies is no small thing. How that plays out. … I went to dinner last week with Jerry Jones and Stan Kroenke and got into the conversation how Jerry did Cowboys [AT&T] Stadium.

“It’s a lamination of several different types of layers of financing,” Wynn said, “and we’re going to have to focus on that if there’s local support. Let me put it this way: If there’s a will, there’s a way.

“The question is if you can get 24 of 32 owners to agree,” Wynn said of the league support required to relocate an NFL franchise. “So there’s two strategies here: to get the others to think it’s OK, at least 24 out of 32, and secondly develop a strategy for financing,” he said.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/columns-blogs/norm-clarke/steve-wynn-says-las-vegas-should-get-ready-raiders
 

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Goodell, NFL might be warming up to gambling

The first real sign of Goodell softening his anti-gambling stance and possibly warming up to Las Vegas was evident last week, when he was grilled again about the Raiders’ potential move to a proposed $1.4 billion stadium on the Strip. This time, his answer changed.

“All of us have evolved a little on gambling,” Goodell said. “To me, where I cross the line is anything that can impact the integrity of the game. If people think it is something that can influence the outcome of a game, we are absolutely opposed to that.”

The first part of his statement indicates an overdue breakthrough. Goodell’s opinion of legal sports betting is outdated, and the league’s relationship with gambling is hypocritical, and maybe he’s finally ready to admit it and open his mind.

The second part of Goodell’s statement hints at an absurd, archaic belief that gambling rats could be running around Las Vegas trying to influence professional players to fix games. In another era, say the 1970s, that paranoia might have been justified.

There is no reason for the NFL to fear and loathe Las Vegas now. The NHL is prepared to put an expansion franchise here, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver has stepped forward as an outspoken proponent of the values of fan involvement in legal, regulated wagering and fantasy sports.

Las Vegas is a world-class city with almost everything but a state-of-the-art stadium. The benefits of a stadium for an NFL franchise and other big events are undeniable. The financing plan needs more scrutiny. But it should get built, and if it does, there’s not much that could stop the Raiders from coming.

Owners should realize Las Vegas will create more appeal and generate more revenue for the NFL than Oakland, and the league wants the second spot in Los Angeles to remain open as leverage for stadium negotiations in other cities. The league needs the Chargers to stay in San Diego, and the league will be better off if the Raiders are in Las Vegas.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/columns-blogs/matt-youmans/goodell-nfl-might-be-warming-gambling
 

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NFL owner says Las Vegas is tough sell but not impossible for Raiders

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told ESPN that Las Vegas is “one of the real crown jewels of communities in the United States.”

Speaking at a sponsors’ golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas, Jones would not discuss which club he would like to see test the market.

“It has a flair for entertainment, and it has two million people, and they’re avid sports fans, the full-time residents,” Jones said. “They have a huge visiting contingent that more often than not are fans of some NFL football teams. You add all that together, and it’s certainly in a conversation about the future relative to the NFL.

“As you well know, you have to have the right situation. You have to have the right ownership, want to and then a lot of other considerations that have to come into play. For me, I think that certainly the fact that Las Vegas has a gambling aspect to it is far overshadowed by the entertainment value, if you will, family appeal, that you have, the convention appeal. So it does not have disfavor with me, in my opinion, relative to being an NFL city.”
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Mark Davis ‘very optimistic’ about Las Vegas

“This is the real deal. If Las Vegas can come through, we’re going to be there. I made a commitment.”

Jerry Jones is a gambling man, and the owner of the Dallas Cowboys sent a speculative message with a more positive tone. When asked if the league’s owners are open to exploring Las Vegas as an NFL city, Jones said, “Simply, yes.”The budget for the development is between $100 million and $150 million.

“I just think the obvious, that Las Vegas is a very attractive place,” Jones said. “It’s one of our nation’s real jewels, it’s an asset, it’s unique, it’s American. And all of that, in my eyes, is what the NFL aspires to be associated with. It’s a great entertainment environment, and I think that far overshadows any issue to do with gambling.

“We had discussions about Vegas. We had no pushback in any kinds of discussions. With the Raiders certainly having the interest that they have and being the iconic team they are, for them to be thinking about going to Las Vegas really fits.”
http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/nfl-vegas/mark-davis-very-optimistic-about-las-vegas-roger-goodell-taps-brakes-raiders-move
 

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Old Riviera site pitched for proposed NFL stadium

A top Las Vegas Sands Corp. executive said today that the proposed 65,000-seat football stadium his company is pushing for may end up being built on the Strip.

When plans for the stadium that could house an NFL team were first unveiled, discussions centered on a 42-acre site on Tropicana Avenue owned by UNLV. But Rob Goldstein, Sands’ president and chief operating officer, told tourism leaders today that the Tropicana site appears to be “disappearing as an option.”

Concerns about that site, located near Koval Lane, include its proximity to McCarran International Airport and traffic in the area.

Appearing before the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, Goldstein today mentioned two possible locations on the Strip: land near SLS Las Vegas and the site of the shuttered Riviera hotel, which is where the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority plans to expand its convention space. The site of Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas is another option.

Goldstein made it clear that all possibilities remain on the table, and he said the stadium backers aren’t committed to any particular location right now. He called the Riviera location “a great site” but was also receptive to the other opportunities on the Strip and downtown.
http://vegasinc.com/business/2016/may/26/old-riviera-site-pitched-for-proposed-nfl-stadium/
 

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Committee hears financing details, timeline for domed stadium that could lure Raiders to Las Vegas

The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee on Thursday dug into the details of a complex financial proposal to build a $1.4 billion domed stadium that could lure the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas.

The board spent about three hours examining a public-private project that would use $750 million in hotel room tax revenue as the public’s stake in the project. The proposal was presented to the committee by a partnership comprising casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp., Majestic Realty and the Raiders.

Committee members took the information under advisement for further study as they move toward issuing recommendations at meetings in June and July. Those recommendations, due at the end of July, are nonbinding and would be forwarded to Gov. Brian Sandoval for possible consideration by the Nevada Legislature.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/nfl-vegas/committee-hears-financing-details-timeline-domed-stadium-could-lure-raiders-las
 

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What a way for Adelson and his minions to kill two birds with one stone, by mentioning the Riviera site as possible venue for a stadium, he's limiting the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion plans by having this stadium on the Riviera site. Keep in mind, Adelson own the Sands Convention Center near the Strip.

And another thing taking away tax dollars meant for the whole of Clark County, NV population, using it to partially fund this stadium. Bad deal!

Let the Las Vegas Convention Center expand its facilities and utilize 100% of the Riviera site it purchased not long ago. No to this stadium.
 

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Mark Davis says Las Vegas will “unite the Raider nation”

“I’m excited about it,” Davis said in comments televised on NFL Network. “It’s a new market. It’s got the potential to be a really exciting market. . . . The Raider fan in Northern California get upset a little bit when we talk about going to Los Angeles, and the L.A. fans get a little ticked off at the fans in Northern California, so it seems like Las Vegas is a neutral site that everybody’s kind of bought into. It will unite the Raider nation more than divide it.”

Asked if this means he’s given up on staying Oakland, Davis said, “No.”

And then he said this: “I’ve given my commitment to Las Vegas, and if they can come through with what they’re talked about doing, then we’ll go to Las Vegas.”
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/05/24/mark-davis-says-las-vegas-will-unite-the-raider-nation/


Davis: Studies on Raiders move to Las Vegas are 'positive'

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis says the team has begun conducting market research studies to gather information about a potential move to Las Vegas.

Davis said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that the initial reports have come back "positive" about the feasibility of such a move. Unable to get a suitable stadium deal in Oakland, Davis wants to move the Raiders to the gambling city.

"I have given my commitment to Las Vegas and if they can get done what they're talking about doing, then we will go to Las Vegas," Davis said.

In April, Davis appeared before a Las Vegas stadium commission to not only pledge to move the Raiders to the city, but put $500 million into a $1.4 billion stadium. Davis gave no timetable for a potential move, saying it is up to the legislative process.

"We'll see how that goes," Davis said.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article79634977.html
 

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Dream of NHL coming to Las Vegas is nearing reality

When Bettman explained the three scenarios the league was contemplating — expand by one or two teams, wait a year or put expansion on hold indefinitely — he covered both ends of the rink as far as Las Vegas and Quebec City are concerned.

The league’s nine-member executive committee meets this week, likely on Tuesday, though NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly refused to confirm the date. The group is expected to recommend Las Vegas to join the league for the 2017-18 season while deferring Quebec City until 2018-19.

When the NHL’s Board of Governors meets June 22 in Las Vegas, it is expected to rubber stamp the recommendation, culminating in a historic day, as the city will get its first major league sports franchise after decades of campaigning.
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Las Vegas’ NHL expansion bid reaches critical stage

The long journey to bring a major league sports franchise to Las Vegas reaches a critical stage Tuesday. And if things go as Las Vegas hockey fans hope, a celebration will be planned for June 22.

The NHL’s nine-member executive committee is expected to meet in New York and make a decision on expansion for Las Vegas and Quebec City, the two cities that applied for teams in July. NHL officials would not confirm the Tuesday meeting, but multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say it’s on.

The committee’s recommendations will be put to a vote by the 30 Board of Governors at its meeting in Las Vegas on June 22. Twenty-four votes are needed for approval, and barring something highly unusual, the board will take its cue from the executive committee, which is made up of owners from Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, Calgary, Washington and Carolina. Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is the chairman.

The NHL last expanded in 2000 when Columbus and Minnesota joined the league, paying $80 million apiece. The reported price for expansion this time is $500 million per city.
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I have this sneaking suspicion that pro sports in Vegas will be just a side show and not really being taken seriously. Hopefully it works. It will be interesting to continue to watch this all play out though.
 

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Roger Goodell using his pull to keep Raiders in Oakland

The Raiders’ relocation saga is turning into a tug of war. Owner Mark Davis is pulling the team to Las Vegas. On the other end of the rope, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is exploring ways to keep the team in Oakland.

Goodell, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report, “has been making calls pushing the idea of letting a predominantly African-American investment group, led by former 49ers star Ronnie Lott, help build a new stadium for the Raiders in Oakland.”

In a Friday visit to Las Vegas, Davis repeated his commitment to relocate the franchise if a financing plan for a new domed stadium is approved. While Davis collects support from some of the league’s most powerful owners, it is becoming clear that Goodell could be his toughest opponent.
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AP Source: NHL settles on Las Vegas for expansion

The NHL’s executive committee has recommended that the league expand to Las Vegas, according to The Associated Press.

An expansion team to Las Vegas won’t be official until the league’s owners approve a vote, which will take place in Las Vegas on June 22 prior to the NHL Awards.

A Las Vegas team would be the 31st team in the league, and would begin play in the 2017-2018 season at T-Mobile Arena.

Quebec City in Quebec, Canada, also was considered by the NHL for expansion, but is not expected to receive a franchise.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/hockey-vegas/what-people-are-saying-about-the-nhl-expanding-las-vegas
 
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