Forwarded by Scott Davis Los Angeles Raiders
An recent NFL statement forwarded to all NFL clubs states there is no single rule referencing any restriction that any NFL team can seek moving to a new city. This memo released to all teams comes in the midst of the Oakland Raider's owner Mark Davis recently visiting Las Vegas. to add to the further speculation of all things on the table, the San Diego Chargers announced recently that the organization is not going to relocating to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. no surprise there since there is no stadium built yet based on all the talk concerning myriad teams interested in and or moving to the LA market.
In Vegas The Sands Corp. runs the Venetian and Palazzo as well as operating several other casinos in Macau, Singapore and Pennsylvania. In other words, the league would prefer that talk of a team in Vegas is kept quiet. But it's obvious the league will take a look at the possibility of teams seeking to relocate to location such as Las Vegas as seriously and diligently as they would a move to any other city being seriously considered by an NLF franchise. Mark Ganis feels the NHL will undoubtedly be the initial major sports league to make Vegas home . But, again, because of the "spectre" of legal gambling in Vegas, I'm not entirely sure how serious any of those overtures may have been. However, Oakland is far, far away from putting down a new stadium for them.
Las Vegas seems to be the go to leverage tool for teams seeking new venues to call home. the most recent hoopla concerning several teams vying for the LA market has seen the Vegas option rise again to the surface as an option. one apparently the NFL is not necessarily fond of.
Money and profit, no big surprise, are strong carrots for NFL teams and therefore the potential revenues from stadium luxury boxes would make Las Vegas an lucrative market for the Raiders' owners Mark Davis. it should be noted that those types of revenues would not be included in the mix of the league's extensive revenue sharing.
Mark Davis also spent recent time visiting the build site of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson's proposed 65,000-seat stadium on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas college campus. In consideration of a Vegas move the Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported that Adelson has requested $780 million in public funds for his proposed stadium.
The NFL's Raiders have committed to be in Oakland for the 2016 season having recently considered relocating back to Los Angeles. The St Louis Rams however won tenancy of a proposed new stadium. Should the San Diego Chargers elect not to move to Los Angeles, the Oakland Raiders would then be next in line to have the option to relocate to LA.
But in the event the Chargers uproot and shuffle off to Los Angeles, the Oakland Raiders could then conceivable give San Diego a solid look as a possibility for their new home.
Once the relocation drama concerning the Chargers and the Raiders is complete the next big move for the League could very well be an expansion into the overseas markets. Moving to locations such as the London market are considered inevitable.
in order for a NFL franchise to relocate anywhere they must first receive 75% support from the 32 club owners. to date there has been no publicly reported scenario where a NFL club has official sought all club owners for a vote to relocate to Las Vegas.
In the meantime the San Diego Chargers now have until January 15, 2017 to make a final decision on the move to Los Angeles.
Mark Ganis, who has assembled various financing for numerous NFL stadium projects, stated that the League has not historically embraced the idea of a team in Las Vegas due that fact that Vegas promotes and supports open sports gambling. Its no secret the NFL track record shows little support for ever approving a team in Vegas. this coming from a league that is "against gambling". Its not rare for anyone following the NFL to comment openly about the hypocrisy running loose in the halls of the "high brow" NFL.
"Nothing will move that needle like a new world-class stadium", according to one source. Just follow the Money as the old saying goes.
Forwarded by Scott Davis on the Oakland Raiders future