Sin City makes way for silver and black

Louis LaVenture,

Earlier this month, Nevada lawmakers approved legislation to raise the hotel bed tax in Clark County. The increase will go towards a new $1.9 billion football stadium, which the city hopes will be the new home of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.

In order for a team to move to Sin City, at least 24 of the 32 NFL owners would have to approve relocation. It is still unclear if the NFL will allow a vote to take place considering NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman was in the Bay Area to visit with local leaders and discuss the future of the Raiders, according to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Schaaf did confirm that Lott was at the meeting and Grubman also attended the home opener in Oakland, a 35-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 18.

According to Oakland city officials, the city rejected the offer from the group, led by NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, and will not pursue a deal with them. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said she did not recommend the proposal be submitted, but still entered into a 90-day negotiation period with the group earlier this month.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. President and CEO, Sheldon Adelson, is behind the relocation attempt to draw the Raiders to Las Vegas.

Silver and black owner Mark Davis attended the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee in Las Vegas on Tuesday and addressed a group of fans outside where he said he told Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to “Just win baby.”

Schaaf said if Oakland were to keep the Raiders, it would have to be done through private money since the city still owes nearly $80 million from the original relocation to Oakland in 1995.

“The Raiders are Oakland,” Schaaf said.

The bill signed by Gov. Sandoval allots $750 million in tax money, however the remainder of the total $1.9 billion will come from Davis, who said he will give $500 million and Adelson, who has committed to $650 million.

The next step for the relocation is up to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell has not commented publicly on the situation.