Raiders moving to Vegas

Posted April 02, 2017

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green offered his thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas.

"You've got to look around", Ross said. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was not impressed. That didn't to go over well with the league, which viewed it as political cover. A new stadium in Las Vegas in the works, though it likely won't be ready for the Raiders until 2020. The first lame duck season was something of a farcical attendance disaster, as they played to mostly empty stadiums and hostile crowds at home. Mark Davis is the owner, and what matters is what is best for him. Things have gotten even worse since for Raiders fans.

MONDAY'S VOTE: The Raiders found their third city to call home in Las Vegas - and became the third National Football League team in two years to announce a move. Twenty-four votes were needed.

The Raiders received about $750 million from Nevada taxpayers past year to build a stadium in Las Vegas, and team owner Mark Davis is putting up 500 million.

Like many fans, Green didn't hesitate blasting the Raiders' ownership for having the nerve to rob the city of its squad. Today he told us, "They will play in Oakland in the 2017 season. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area".

Under the current contract, the Raiders have options to stay at the Coliseum only for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The Raiders have been in Oakland in 45 of the franchise's 58 seasons, including the last 22. Bank of America also is giving Davis a $650 million loan, further helping to persuade owners to allow the third team relocation in just over a year.

"My father used to say that the greatness of the Raiders was in its future", Davis said, referring to Al Davis, from whom he inherited the team in 2011.

"Vegas is nice. Just left there about a week ago". It included a new, $1.3 billion stadium, but was unsuccessful. However, the Sports Business Journal reported the lower figures.

Kroenke bought land in Los Angeles and will build the stadium himself, using private funds.

The jury's out on how well this long goodbye will play with the team's Bay Area fan base. "Don't know if there's anything we can do to stop them", Reid said. "But we weren't able to". And if you own a team, you should have the deep pockets to deliver. "They were waiting for us to lose the vote so they would have the leverage".

The Raiders relocating to Las Vegas has been fascinating to watch unfold.