Raiders Owner Mark Davis Says He Wants to Move Franchise to Las Vegas

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2016

FILe - In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis speaks during a media conference in Oakland, Calif. Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move the team to Las Vegas and is willing to spend a half billion dollars as part of a deal for a new stadium in the city. Davis upped the ante in a bid to move the team to this gambling city, appearing Thursday, April 28, 2016, alongside soccer great David Beckham and billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson before a committee studying the idea of a $1.4 billion stadium. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
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With the future of the Raiders in Oakland very much in question, owner Mark Davis announced his hope to move the franchise to Las Vegas on Thursday. 

According to ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez, Davis revealed his stance on the campus of UNLV and said he is prepared to put up $500 million of the $1.4 billion needed to build a domed stadium, while Sands Corp. would contribute an additional $150 million.

Davis also said he wants to turn "the Silver State, into the silver and black state."

Retired soccer star David Beckham was present as part of his promotional obligations to Sands Corp. as well, and he mentioned the importance of a potential move: "To bring a great organization like the Raiders to Las Vegas is amazing, but it's bigger than that."

While there has been some resistance to putting an NFL franchise in Las Vegas over the years, due largely to gambling, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole recently reported the league may be softening its stance:

The Raiders signed a new lease with the O.co Coliseum in February, but it is only guaranteed to keep the team in Oakland through the 2016 season since it is a one-year deal with two one-year team options, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com).

While the Raiders were passed over for a potential move to Los Angeles this offseason in favor of the Rams, another move may be forthcoming.

With the Raiders looking like a team on the rise and a large portion of the potential Las Vegas stadium set to be privately funded, the move could be desirable for both sides and a logical solution to the long-running stadium issues in Oakland.

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