The Raiders’ dream of moving to Las Vegas still has a ways to go before becoming a reality, but yet another hurdle has been cleared as of Tuesday evening. Michelle Rindels with the Associated Press reports the Nevada state senate voted 16-5 to pass the new stadium bill, which is central to any plans on an NFL team relocating to the city.
The vote will now move to assembly, which is adjourned until in Thursday morning. Tom Pelissero for USA Today also notes that NFL owners are scheduled to meet next week, and the latest news will in Vegas undoubtedly will be a hot topic.
With the Nevada senate passing the bill by an overwhelming margin, it seems likely to get through congress and be passed into law before long.
As for what the Raiders do, assuming the league signs off on it, this would seem to set the table for their exodus from Oakland. With the Chargers still hopeful about reaching a stadium deal to remain in San Diego, Los Angeles also could become an option for the Raiders. However, a chance to get their own stadium with public finances in Vegas is probably too much to pass up.
One thing that seems almost as certain as the Raiders heading to Las Vegas is Oakland once again losing the franchise.