Jerry Jones Says NFL Owners Vote on Raiders Will Be 'Exciting Day' for Las Vegas

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Dallas Cowboys owner and new Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Jones looks on prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the NFL owners' vote Monday for the Oakland Raiders' potential move to Las Vegas will be "an exciting day for Vegas," per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Twenty-four of the league's 32 owners would have to approve the Raiders' move for it to take place.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported "there was strong sentiment" the relocation would be ratified in the vote during the NFL's annual league meeting in Phoenix, underscoring Jones' comments. "I think a lot of people believe there's no other choice at this point," a source said, per Maske.

According to ESPN.com, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf in a letter Friday he doesn't think the city has a "viable solution" to keep the Raiders in town. The ESPN.com piece noted the city of Oakland and partners submitted a plan for a new $1.3 billion stadium in the same area the team currently plays.

As for Las Vegas, Maske wrote the Raiders will contribute $500 million toward a $1.9 billion stadium, with an additional $750 million from public funding and $650 million from Bank of America. Maske said Raiders owner Mark Davis would keep the team in Oakland while the Las Vegas stadium is constructed.

Sports fans hoping to see the Raiders come to Las Vegas can take solace in the fact Jones is one of the most recognizable owners in the league and indicated "exciting" things are coming for the city.


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