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Here is the latest on the potential Raiders move to Vegas and how it effects UNLV

Here is the latest in regards to the Raiders and a possible move to Las Vegas:

Here is the latest  in regards to the Raiders and a possible  move to Las Vegas according to multiple sources:

The Las Vegas Sands Group and Majestic Reality (who are attempting to build the stadium) is meeting this Thursday with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee to discuss (and hopefully gain approval on) a new $1.3 billion dollar domed stadium for the UNLV football program.  The Raiders owner Mark Davis, will be in attendance at the meeting on Thursday and will speak at the meeting as well. Davis is ready to commit to moving the Raiders to Las Vegas at the meeting Thursday providing approval for the new stadium is granted. The tourism infrastructure committee will decide on recommendations by this summer and does not have the authority to approve the stadium project on Thursday. Tax dollars will be needed to fund the stadium and that would would require the approval of the Nevada Legislature who will not meet until February 2017, unless called into special session, which is a possibility.  

Sunday afternoon I was told by sources that the Raiders would move to Las Vegas in 2017 or 2018 (providing 24 NFL owners approve the teams move) and would play at Sam Boyd Stadium until the new stadium is finished. Davis already has toured the stadium with UNLV Head Coach Tony Sanchez, UNLV president Len Jessup and AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy, and I was told by sources that Davis is on board with playing there on a  temporarily basis. I was told by NFL sources that Davis views Las Vegas has his first and best option for his team and that Davis also feels that Los Angeles is not a realistic option any longer. Sources told me that Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kronkie does not want to share the stadium (with the Raiders or Chargers) and is also helping Davis secure the votes needed to get the move approved.

The possible move to Vegas is not something that Mark Davis just started to look into after he came in third place in the relocation to Los Angeles race, in-fact he has been working on behind closed doors for (at least) a year.     

I was told by NFL sources that the NFL does NOT plan block the Raiders move to Las Vegas for a variety of reasons: it is a new market, there is a new stadium and a new revenue stream for the owners. While there is push back from some owners, like New York Giants owner Wellington Mara, sources indicated to me that NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell is trying to help Davis have enough votes from the other owners to approve the move. This is key considering many feel that Goodell was instrumental keeping the Raiders out of Los Angeles and pushing for the Chargers to be the second team in L.A. (if they can't get a stadium deal done in San Diego). Also, the Chargers looking more and more like may be staying in San Diego, the NFL will add another market (keep in mind the Bay Area still would have the 49ers). The new stadium would also host a Super Bowl and other NFL events, such as the NFL Draft, as well. 

The NFL has deals with Draft Kings and Fan Duel, so it would be hard pressed for them to use gambling as the reason (excuse) as to why they wouldn't allow/approve the Raiders moving to Vegas. When the NFL has two of the largest "fantasy sports" (gambling) companies paying millions of dollars in advertising revenue to you and your partners (ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox and the NFL Network) as well, there is no way they can argue gambling as a reason to keep the Raiders out.

The positives for UNLV are the facilities and stadium will be at or near the top for not only the Mountain West Conference, but also the country. It would also mean the Las Vegas Bowl may start to become a more desired bowl which would mean more revenue for the city and the likely hood of hosting a College Football National Championship Game would also increase (another positive for local businesses and UNLV). A new stadium and facilities are MAJOR recruiting pluses, something that coach Sanchez and his staff would welcome (keep in mind they are already ding a great job). The Raiders and UNLV already SEEM TO HAVE a great relationship.

 


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