Oakland Raiders Relocation: Latest News, Rumors, Comments on Franchise's Future

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Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis speaks to fans during a hearing hosted by the NFL to gather comments from football fans on the possible relocation of the team Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Oakland , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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The NFL is reportedly becoming more open to the idea of the Oakland Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas as the franchise tries to map out its future.

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Backers Plan to Have Two Potential Sites by Next Month

Thursday, July 28

Michelle Rindels of the Associated Press (h/t San Francisco Chronicle) reported that the developers who want to give the Raiders a stadium in Las Vegas plan to have two final locations picked out next month.

Poll Shows Lack of Support for Taxpayer-Funded Vegas Stadium

Thursday, July 28

Riley Snyder of KTNV.com shared the results of a KTNV/Rasmussen poll that showed "[55] percent of voters polled in Nevada’s largest county said they’d oppose pledging up to $500 million in public funds to help finance a stadium that could potentially bring an NFL team to Las Vegas, with 35 percent in favor and 10 percent undecided."

Stadium Issue Deadline Extension to Come to a Vote

Monday, July 11

Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, citing a "Nevada source," reported that the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee would vote to extend the stadium issue deadline past July.

Bonsignore added that the "objective is to nail down a [Raiders] stadium package by [the first or second] week of August, with [the] goal of a special session after Labor Day."

Wynn Comments on Efforts to Bring Raiders to Vegas

Monday, July 11

Steve Wynn, the CEO of Wynn Resorts, spoke with TMZ regarding the Raiders' potential move to Las Vegas:

Badain Comments on Contribution Decrease

Thursday, June 23

Raiders president Marc Badain said the team is "disappointed" after hearing public contribution for a stadium in Las Vegas was dropped to $550 million, per Bonsignore.

Cole: 'Momentum Continues to Grow in Las Vegas'

Thursday, June 9

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole spoke about the Raiders' potential move to Las Vegas:

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Lott, Peete Leading Group of Investors for Possible Oakland Stadium

Monday, June 6

Phil Matier and Andy Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle reported (h/t CSNBayArea.com) that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf regarding the investment group led by Ronnie Lott and Rodney Peete.

Following that phone call, Schaaf is now "expected to meet" with the group.

"I am encouraged by the team assembled," Schaaf told Matier and Ross. "My recent conversations with Commissioner Goodell and others have given me confidence it’s time to continue our conversations."

On May 23, Matier and Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk) reported Lott and Peete's group is trying to develop on the 120 acres of land where the O.co Coliseum currently stands.

Florio noted "Lott and Peete reportedly have met in recent weeks with team executives and city officials regarding the proposal."

However, Schaaf played down the proposal to keep the Raiders in Oakland at the time, saying, "I will not meet with any developer for this project unless they are brought to me by the Raiders, and I have asked the City Council to do the same."

Davis Comments on Potential Las Vegas Move

Saturday, June 4

“No, I would not, and I’ve made that clear,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said when asked if the Raiders would want to stay in Oakland if a stadium deal popped up, per Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The opportunity came up in Las Vegas, and we’re giving it full bore. This is not a pawn in a game. We are serious."

“Right now, I’m focused on Las Vegas," Davis added. "We think it could make a great marriage with Las Vegas and the Raiders.”

On May 25, Florio provided more comments from Davis about possibly relocating to Las Vegas:

"I'm excited about it," Davis said in comments televised on NFL Network. "It's a new market. It's got the potential to be a really exciting market. ...The Raider fan in Northern California get upset a little bit when we talk about going to Los Angeles, and the L.A. fans get a little ticked off at the fans in Northern California, so it seems like Las Vegas is a neutral site that everybody's kind of bought into. It will unite the Raider nation more than divide it."

Asked if this means he's given up on staying Oakland, Davis said, "No."

And then he said this: "I've given my commitment to Las Vegas, and if they can come through with what they've talked about doing, then we'll go to Las Vegas."

On April 28, Davis pledged that the franchise would contribute $500 million to a stadium project if it's approved, per Support LV Dome on Twitter.

"Together, we can turn the Silver State into the Silver-and-Black State," Davis said at the time.

Cole Surveys NFL Owners About Gambling

Tuesday, May 31

Cole stated that he "surveyed 23 NFL owners over past week Raiders to Vegas. Gambling is not a factor to 21 of them. Market strength will determine."

Video Promoting Raiders Move to Las Vegas Released

Thursday, May 26

The Support Las Vegas Dome group released a video featuring Raiders owner Mark Davis, an archived interview of Al Davis and team president Marc Badain:

Cole: NFL's Biggest Concern Isn't Gambling in Possible Vegas Move

Tuesday, May 24

According to Cole, the biggest hurdle the Raiders face in a potential move to Las Vegas isn't the gambling concerns but finding a proper stadium:

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Anonymous Owner Speaks on Possible Move to Las Vegas

Tuesday, May 17

"One owner said last week that he was 'not sure' whether such a move, if proposed by the Raiders at some point, would be ratified by the other owners," according to the Washington Post's Mark Maske.

"'A few months ago, I would have said it was highly doubtful,' the owner said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic," per Maske. "But if the deal we've read about is real, then they have a chance. [It] seems like nothing will get done in Oakland."

Goodman Comments on Potential Raiders Move

Thursday, May 12

Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman said that while the Raiders are the focus for the city, the San Diego Chargers are also an option, saying she knows the franchise is "absolutely looking to move," per Paul Pabst of The Dan Patrick Show.

"The Raiders will come if Nevada handles this properly," Goodman said on ESPN's Capital Games podcast, via Andy Katz of ESPN.com on May 10.

"Davis has assured us that Las Vegas is not getting played in a Raiders stadium deal," Goodman added, per Katz. "I know we will have a team."

Oakland Mayor Comments on Raiders' Future

Thursday, April 28

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf spoke about the Raiders' potential relocation, per CSN Bay Area:

We remain firmly committed to working out terms that responsibly keep the Raiders in Oakland where we want them to be, and where they belong.

We appreciate that the Raiders have an internationally recognized brand with appeal in many markets. As such, we understand that while our talks with the team continue, they will also explore all of their options as part of this process. The Raiders have explored options in the past and I am sure they will do so again in the future. It’s my job to remain focused on delivering a deal that works for the Raiders, the fans and the taxpayers. Oakland deserves nothing less.

Davis to Meet with Nevada Officials

Tuesday, April 26

David Purdum of ESPN.com reported Davis will meet with Nevada tourism officials on April 28 to discuss a potential move.

On April 12, Cole shared what he was hearing about the Raiders' thoughts on potentially relocating to Las Vegas:

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On April 4, Cole reported the Raiders could resolve questions regarding their long-term future by moving to Las Vegas, which would also allow the Chargers to move to Los Angeles.

Cole also reported that Davis was concerned whether fans would support the Raiders for the long haul if the team moved to Las Vegas and whether the city could sustain the franchise.

Raiders' Future in Oakland Far from Certain

The Chargers are staying in San Diego for the 2016 season, but they struck an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams in January that affords them the option to share the Rams' Inglewood stadium if they so choose.

Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reported in January that if the Chargers were to move to L.A., the Raiders would be keen to take their place in San Diego.

The Raiders' fanbase in Oakland has been loyal, despite 13 straight campaigns without a winning season, and they're just beginning to see the makings of a turnaround under head coach Jack Del Rio.

Given the young core the team has in place with quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Amari Cooper and pass-rusher Khalil Mack, among others, there's reason to believe Oakland is on the cusp of completing a turnaround.

The Raiders have ties to L.A., having played there from 1982 to 1994, so a move to a new market like Las Vegas would be a risk, especially since Las Vegas has never been home to an NFL team.


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