Mark Davis wants to make something abundantly clear: He isn’t playing a poker hand by saying he’ll move his Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas if Nevada approves financing for a new stadium off the Vegas Strip.
This isn’t a bluff to motivate Oakland into meaningful stadium discussions.
He isn’t playing one city off the other
The stadium certainty that has eluded the Raiders for decades is being offered by a powerful group in Las Vegas led by Sands Corp chief Sheldon Adelson, who is proposing a $1.4 billion domed stadium to be the future home of the Raiders, UNLV football and the MLS, as well as host major events like the Super Bowl, Final Four and college football’s National Championship game.
The project is contingent on the Nevada State Legislature approving $750 million in public money from hotel taxes, which could happen as early as this summer.
If Nevada gets on board with the financing, Davis and the Raiders will file for relocation as clear as a straight flush beats four of a kind.