Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has made it sound all but certain that the team is moving to Las Vegas.
It turns out that the NFL is not nearly as sold on it. League officials are in no hurry to vote on the move, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora’s sources.
“I would expect the league to delay any vote for as long as possible,” an ownership source told La Canfora. “Mark is adamant that they are gone, but the league isn’t in any rush to bring this to a head.”
Davis’ goal is to file the paperwork soon so the Raiders can move to Las Vegas for the 2019 season. Some owners are in favor of the move, but one person who definitely doesn’t appear to be on board is commissioner Roger Goodell. The move would harm the NFL’s television ratings. The Bay Area has a top-five TV market in the United States while Las Vegas’ is 40th.
Also, business in Oakland is booming. Many tech companies are relocating to downtown Oakland, and more people are moving there because of the high cost of living in San Francisco.
Nevada did approve $750 million in public funding for a new stadium, but it appears that is the only argument for the Raiders moving to Las Vegas.