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Old 05-28-2016, 09:41 AM
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Upon first impression, I think Roger Goodell and the NFL would not allow the Raiders to go to Vegas due to the proximity of gambling. Too big a temptation to have for players and staff.

Yet, when you look at the NBA they are proponents of legalized gambling in professional sports. Adam Silver is a big supporter of this. This may start a trend for gambling in other professional sports in the near future.

Vegas is marketed as a place of entertainment and has a dark sin city element the Raiders are attracted to for marketing purposes. It's also an international city so you will have local fans, Bay area and interstate fans (4-6 hr drive for Californians) and tourists coming in year around from all over the world. That's plenty of $ to go around.

Raiders are next in line to share the new LA stadium should the Bolts opt out and stay here. Stay tuned.

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Old 06-02-2016, 12:07 PM
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They are the right team for the city, and will draw well with all the tourists in every weekend.

Just do it.
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Old 06-15-2016, 02:37 PM
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I have to say that I would probably make it a point to go see the Chargers play in Las Vegas every year. I think this is a perfect match for the Raiders. I'd like to see this happen.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:35 PM
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LAS VEGAS -- A plan to build an NFL stadium in Las Vegas and lure the Raiders from Oakland crossed a major hurdle Thursday when a Nevada oversight committee voted unanimously to recommend $750 million in public funding for the project.

The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee recommended raising the hotel tax in the Las Vegas area to help pay for a 65,000-seat domed venue that was promoted and would be partially financed by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Proponents still need to win over the governor, the Legislature and three-quarters of NFL owners to make the project a reality, but it's a significant milestone for a city that's never had a professional football team and has been hammering out the particulars of the Raiders deal for months.

"We get an NFL team, and that is a significant step forward for Las Vegas and the community," committee chairman Steve Hill said about the project's potential. "Those teams bring the community together. We're going to have people wearing Raiders jerseys and high-fiving each other ... That's not something you can put a number on."

The Adelson family plans to put $650 million toward the project, which would also be home to UNLV Football, while the Raiders plan to kick in $500 million. Officials with the Las Vegas Sands, Adelson's company, said they don't want to return any profits to the public because they'd be making little or no money on the stadium. They're also committing to fund construction cost overruns and infrastructure improvements at the yet-undetermined site.

Sands representative Andy Abboud said the Adelsons were in China to open their new, $2.9 billion Parisian Macao casino and probably asleep when the vote came down, but he texted them the news and said they'll be excited.

"I never dreamed of or hoped for a unanimous vote," Abboud said. "But a unanimous vote, I think, sends a very strong signal to the Legislature."
Opponents question whether it's appropriate to put public dollars toward a project spearheaded by one of the richest men in the world. They're also wary of the bonds used to finance the project, which could put taxpayers on the hook to cover stadium debt in a downturn.

Hill said the deal's structure would shield taxpayers even in a recession as deep as the most recent one, when hotel tax revenues fell 33 percent. He also addressed arguments that tax hikes should prioritize
Nevada's bottom-ranking public school system.

"I'm not going to argue that a room tax couldn't be used for other things," Hill said, noting that the increase will mostly affect tourists, not locals. "I will say this is an entirely, very appropriate use for room tax."
Stadium proponents drove a hard bargain with the committee, which included casino leaders and elected officials. The Las Vegas Sands said they'd walk away from negotiations if the public put in less than $750 million, and the company fought to protect themselves from any future taxes targeting the team.

Public pressure mounted, too. Union members wearing Raiders gear held tailgate parties outside the committee's meetings, and cheerleaders in silver and black flanked the entrances to the meeting on Thursday. Electronic billboards along the interstate urged people to "hold politicians accountable" on the stadium deal and recommended the hashtag "Don't Screw This Up NV."

It was unclear when Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval might call lawmakers into special session to consider the deal, although proponents want it as soon as possible so they can pitch the deal to NFL owners ahead of their January meeting and potential team relocation vote.

Sandoval said he would start reviewing the recommendations, and emphasized that Las Vegas needed to continue evolving to keep its edge as a tourism mecca.

"I will not move forward until all questions have been resolved," he said. "I am hopeful the work completed by this committee will serve as a roadmap to Southern Nevada's unrivaled and continued success."

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Old 09-16-2016, 12:48 PM
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IF the Governor calls a Special Session of the Legislature, he isn't going to call it before the November elections are over. Possibly he'll call a "lame duck" session after the November balloting.

No sure thing that this is going through in the Legislature. The Northern legislators would just as soon have the Raiders within driving distance (it's about a 3 hour drive from Reno to Oakland, as opposed to 450 miles from Reno to Las Vegas), and the Northerners would probably be just as happy to stick it to Las Vegas, and put the kibosh on the plan. At least some people in Las Vegas and its suburbs are questioning (1) the cost of the stadium; and (2) who's going to ante up for the highways and roads to serve such a stadium.

As a Chargers fan, the last thing I want is for those reprobate Raiders to be in the town where I live and work.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:39 AM
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I go to one away game every year; trying to hit all 32 teams (at 19 right now). When I go I hope for nice weather and gambling (I'm from NY). When I eventually hit all 32 I will just go to places that are warm and there is gambling to see them play (Miami, New Orleans, etc). Would love for the Raiders to move to Vegas, could be a hot spot for me every few years. Haven't been to Oakland yet, so I will wait on that in case they move!
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Old 09-22-2016, 05:00 PM
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Well it seems that Governor Sandoval has had a talk with Raiders ownership, is impressed with the Raiders' seriousness of purpose, and is going to call a Special Session of the Legislature for mid-October.

I can't believe that they are going to do this -- approve the $750 Million hotel tax. I'm feeling about the way some must have felt when Bill Veeck, owner of the Chicago White Sox, sent out a midget, Eddie Gaedel, to pinch hit in a major league game. As Gaedel was about 3 feet tall, he was walked on 4 pitches.

If they do this, this is truly circus folly.
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:52 PM
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Raiders in LV. Fine by me. Good bye and good riddance

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Old 10-14-2016, 08:18 PM
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Hope we play the Raiders next year, a good excuse to go to Vegas!
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