Football

Oakland Raiders Mark Davis getting pushback on Las Vegas move

Oakland Raiders Mark Davis getting pushback on Las Vegas move

Oakland Raiders Mark Davis getting pushback on Las Vegas move 2016 images

Mark Davis May See Increased Pushback from Owners, Bay Area Leaders over Las Vegas Move

A few weeks ago, the Oakland Raiders proposed relocation to Las Vegas seemed inevitable. However, as the season progresses, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Bay Area leaders, and numerous owners have expressed their concerns regarding the potential move, drawing into question the ability of owner Mark Davis to garner the 23 votes required to relocate the franchise.

The owners have the same qualms about the move that many fans have expressed, namely that Las Vegas is more of a tourist destination that a football town that could provide a dedicated fan base. The population, income, and TV markets in Las Vegas don’t live up to what the team currently has in Oakland, and so many of the most influential owners are determined to keep the team in place.

“The municipalities in play [in Oakland] believe the NFL is very sincere about being willing to make the Raiders stay in Oakland if it needs to,” said one source close to the league and familiar with its inner workings on the matter. “That’s the distinct impression they are getting from the league.”

Years back, Mark’s father and long-time owner, Al Davis fought passionately for the rights to relocate the team. Unfortunately for the younger Davis, the league has made it significantly more challenging since then for a team to move without the support of the other owners. If Mark is committed to the cause, it could mean a lengthy legal battle similar to his father’s.

Finally, there is the financing problem. Whether Davis stays in Oakland or moves to Las Vegas, he expects a new stadium for his team and $750 million in public funds to help build it. The city of Oakland is already paying $11 million a year for bonds issued to fund the team’s move back to Oakland from Los Angeles in 1996.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has pledged $90 million to renovating the Coliseum, but says a $750 million investment “is simply not appropriate in a city like Oakland.”

If Goodell and others continue their opposition, Schaaf may get away with her plan to save the taxpayers money.

Football
@chrismaurice

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in Football

aaron hernandez made it hard to feel bad for his suicide attempt in prison

It’s Hard to Feel Bad for Aaron Hernandez

Chris MauriceApril 20, 2017
ray rice making himself face of nfl domestic violence education 2017 images

Ray Rice making himself face of NFL domestic violence education

Chris MauriceApril 18, 2017
nfl celebration penalties debate rages on 2017 images

NFL celebration penalties debate rages on

Chris MauriceApril 17, 2017
marshawn lynch oakland raiders deal not quite real but good pr stunt 2017 images

Marshawn Lynch Raiders deal not quite real but good PR stunt

Chris MauriceApril 15, 2017
nfl not so charitable for arm wrestling championship players 2017 images

NFL not so charitable for Arm Wrestling Championship players

Chris MauriceApril 11, 2017
buster skrine not big on rebuilding jets in new york 2017 images

Buster Skrine not big on rebuilding Jets in New York

Chris MauriceApril 9, 2017
dion jordan cut loose from miami dolphins 2017 images

Dion Jordan cut loose from Miami Dolphins

Chris MauriceApril 6, 2017
jerry jones fine with nfl pot smoking and wants roger goodell pay cut 2017 images

Jerry Jones fine with NFL pot smoking and wants Roger Goodell pay cut

Chris MauriceApril 4, 2017
kyle shanahan on why 49ers wont bring back colin kaepernick 2017 images

Kyle Shanahan on why 49ers won’t bring back Colin Kaepernick

Chris MauriceApril 3, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription