The Oakland Raiders have been looking for a permanent home for quite some time now, and it doesn't appear the City of Oakland is making any progress in keeping their beloved team.
The Raiders missed out on an opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles when the NFL elected to approve a plan for the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers to move, and now owner Mark Davis has his sights set on a new location.
Davis has already spent some time in Las Vegas exploring the opportunity of a partnership with the Sands Corp. to build a stadium just off the strip, and it appears it's about to take another step forward on Thursday, the same day of the NFL Draft's first round.
Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore is reporting that Davis will be in Las Vegas on Thursday, when the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC) is planning to meet about the possible 65,000-seat stadium.
According to Bonsignore's sources, Davis plans to show some sort of commitment to relocate to Sin City if the state finds financing for the $1.3 billion project.
According to reports, the preliminary financing calls for about two-thirds of the funding to come from taxing tourists that travel to one of the most popular tourism spots in the nation.
The Raiders would then have to find approval from the NFL and its owners before any move would be possible. Commissioner Roger Goodell has already made it clear that he doesn't have a problem with a team moving to Las Vegas, though it would clearly have to receive the necessary approval from owners for it to move forward.
The Raiders still have the opportunity to move to Los Angeles should the Chargers get a stadium deal done in San Diego, leaving a vacancy in the stadium being built by the Los Angeles Rams.