The Oakland Raiders have been flirting with relocation to Las Vegas, but will need approval from a majority of NFL owners to finalize any move. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank seems to like the idea of having a team in the city, but needs to see more to know that Vegas can support a team.
Blank spoke to ESPN and talked about the possibility of seeing a team end up in the Sin City. He said that it is all about the data at this point as he believes every team in the league would support the city having a team in the league.
“I think whether or not there are enough people in Las Vegas to support a team is a question,” Blank said. “I haven’t seen the data on that to support it or not support it. It’s certainly a dynamic market. It’s a growth market. It’s got tremendous tourism, a lot of convention business. So it’s certainly a consideration. We’ll see what the facts bear.
“I want to see all the research on whether [Las Vegas] can support a franchise or not. It’s no different than any other city we look at.”
Arthur Blank knows much about the business side of the NFL. He bought the Falcons in 2002 and was also one of the co-founders of popular home improvement department store The Home Depot.
It looks like the hardest thing about having a team in Las Vegas is the many gambling opportunities in the city. Some, including Blank, believe that could hurt the sport of football and the league would need to protect the team from that.
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