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Las Vegas Mayor: Oakland Raiders Will Come



    Las Vegas Mayor:  Oakland Raiders Will Come
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    FILE - Raiders owner Mark Davis is proposing to move the team to Las Vegas.

    The mayor of Las Vegas says the Oakland Raiders' proposed move to southern Nevada will happen unless the state bungles the deal, according to a report by ESPN.

    "The Raiders will come if Nevada handles this properly," Mayor Carolyn Goodman said Tuesday on an ESPN Radio podcast.

    Raiders owner Mark Davis has pledged $500 million toward a 65,000-seat domed stadium. Two potential partners in Las Vegas, the Sands and Majestic Realty, have pledged an additional $150 million, leaving about $750 million for taxpayers to pay for the $1.4 billion stadium.

    Stadium supporters have said they would ask for a special session of the Nevada Legislature in August to approve the diversion of room-tax revenue for the project.  

    Goodman said the funding is not a major sticking point, citing calls she has received from interested parties outside the Las Vegas region, the report said.

    NFL owners would have to approve a Raiders relocation with affirmative votes from at least 24 of 32 owners.

    The Raiders have a one-year lease in Oakland for next season, with team options for the following two seasons, and Davis indicated the team would likely stay there until a new stadium is built. He said he believes NFL owners will approve the move if a stadium is built in Las Vegas.

    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said she is staying focused on what is happening in Oakland.

    “We remain confident that the Raiders can build a new stadium in Oakland without a direct public subsidy," Schaaf said Wednesday in a statement. "We will continue working with the Raiders and the NFL to responsibly make that happen."

    Oakland officials have said that no public funds would be used to build a new stadium.

    "It’s my job to remain focused on delivering a deal that works for the Raiders, the fans and the taxpayers," Schaaf said. "Oakland deserves nothing less.”

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