We’ve already witnessed the St. Louis Rams become the Los Angeles Rams this year. Could we now see yet another franchise packing their bags?
Las Vegas was once a city that the league never thought would have its own team. But this has all changed, and it looks like the Oakland Raiders want in on it. Per an NFL owner, the chances of the Las Vegas Raiders becoming a reality “is now 50 percent – maybe as high as 75.”
Many believe that the Raiders are bluffing in order to generate more revenue from the city of Oakland, but the story continues to gain substance daily. The idea of a Vegas franchise is becoming more and more accepted, and the move would be good for the Raiders in regards to money.
Current Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones currently supports a move to Vegas, but it’s quite likely he won’t like the idea of Mark Davis at the helm. It has been reported in the past that Jones has been pushing to get Davis to sell the team or give up ownership for some time now. Jones has never been confident in Davis’ ability to run a franchise and contribute something worthwhile to the NFL as a whole.
But these bad feelings are probably nothing that a little money and bribery on Davis’ part couldn’t fix.
There is a plan in place for a new domed Raiders stadium. The team would contribute $500 million, the Sands Corporation would put in $150 million and taxpayers $750 million. The NFL itself will contribute $200 million of the $500 million from the Raiders. So, roughly $300 million of the project will be coming from the Raiders and the remainder from the league.
The market is currently dry for moving NFL teams, and Las Vegas may be the last remaining place to move and profit from it. Vegas is already a tourist attraction in itself, and a team there has the ability be wildly popular.
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