Steve Sisolak answered the phone and a shiver ran down his spine. At about 8 a.m. Thursday, after 19 months and countless hours spent trying bring an NFL franchise to the Las Vegas Valley, the Clark County commissioner got the news.
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The Oakland Raiders have applied for relocation to Las Vegas, the franchise confirmed Thursday to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
With the Oakland Raiders announcing Thursday that they have formally applied for relocation to Las Vegas, things will move fast as the nine-member board puts agreements in place to build a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium for the team.
Oakland Raiders executives have told the NFL that Goldman Sachs is committed to financing the team’s proposed domed stadium in Las Vegas with or without an investment from casino executive Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board learned Thursday.
San Diego might have opened a door much wider for the potential of Sam Boyd Stadium hosting the Raiders should relocation plans be approved by league owners and Oakland fans protest with their wallets.
Lawrence Epstein, a UFC senior executive, and Tito Tiberti, a construction executive, are expected to be named Thursday to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board of directors.
The Stadium Authority Board has until June 30 to pay back a loan of up to $500,000 to Clark County, two months longer than the deadline county commissioners and staff discussed at the last regular commission meeting.
There are plenty of fascinating stories on the horizon for 2017. Here are some of the things you’ll be reading about in the next 12 months, with a touch of prognostication.
Clark County commissioners will vote early next month on loaning as much as $500,000 to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, underconditions that money is repaid promptly and spent under a watchful eye.
Stack up the statistics of a traditional market study, like NFL owners are doing as they consider the Oakland Raiders’ prospective relocation, and Las Vegas wouldn’t stand a chance against the positives offered by the San Francisco Bay area. It’s the intangibles that make Las Vegas competitive, analysts say.
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