The NFL team in a most elegant and respectful manner on Monday fused the most tragic of moments in the town’s history with what is one of its most celebrated and significant.
It doesn’t mean this is a guaranteed financial jackpot for the city, but the fact Las Vegas probably would only host a few games is a plus in this manner.
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.