The man in charge of building the new NFL stadium in Las Vegas doesn’t know much about football, but his history with the Raiders has earned him an invaluable level of trust.
Moving game to Las Vegas stadium for 2020 and 2021, in a time when National Finals Rodeo owns the city in early December, won’t guarantee a spike in interest.
The team has proposed four off-site locations to accommodate event parking, all spelled out in a report from a planning consultant and scheduled to be considered by the Clark County Commission on Sept. 5.
In this ever-advancing storyline of the Raiders relocating to Las Vegas and playing in a 65,000-seat domed stadium, the most significant form of progress occurred earlier this week in Florida.
When others talk about how some NFL owners still might be nervous about the gambling aspects of Las Vegas or how tickets might sell or the market size, never forget this number: $750 million in tax revenue.
Amazingly, the $750 million in public money already committed to a proposed 65,000-seat domed stadium in Las Vegas seems to have fallen to sidebar status.
If the Raiders ultimately can strike a deal with Goldman Sachs that makes up the $650 million the Adelson family had pledged toward a new Las Vegas stadium, the odds of Oakland getting the 24 votes needed for relocation isn’t at all hurt by the casino executive’s withdrawal.
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.
No one expected Ballot Measure C in San Diego to gain near the needed two-thirds majority to pass. With 16 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, the measure was well on its way to failing badly.
Love or hate his team, Jerry Jones owns the most juice of all NFL owners when the doors close and major decisions are to be made.