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The Washington Post reports it's uncertain if the league would approve the Raiders' move to Las Vegas if/when the team formally applies for relocation.
Per reporter Mark Maske, owners' concerns have more to do with Vegas' modest size than status as a gambling mecca. Las Vegas is just the 29th largest metropolitan area in the United States, sandwiching itself between Cincinnati and Kansas City. Oakland is 11th, and St. Louis is 20th. "Most of us would prefer they stay in Oakland," a high-ranking official said. "If that’s not possible and we get to January and the Las Vegas deal is all there is, we’ll have to consider it." Owner Mark Davis seems hellbent on a desert move, but it's far from a certainty. Oct 18 - 5:59 PM

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Nevada lawmakers approved a hotel tax increase which will provide $750 million in public funding towards a new NFL stadium in Las Vegas.

This deal does not ensure the Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas, but it removes a major obstacle to the relocation. "All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for the entire Raider Nation," owner Mark Davis said. Davis still needs approval from three-fourths of the owners to relocate, but he seems to have quite a bit of support in league circles. It is likely the Raiders will be the Las Vegas Raiders in the near future.
Source: FOX Sports
Oct 15 - 10:55 AM

The Raiders have earned initial approval of $750 million in public funding for a stadium in Las Vegas.

The matter now heads to the Nevada state legislature, which might not be as eager to hand out three quarters of a billion dollars in taxpayer money for a football stadium. It would be a record for a stadium anywhere in America.
Sep 15 - 3:17 PM

The (currently) Oakland Raiders filed a trademark application for "Las Vegas Raiders."

The move does not mean the team is definitely going to Las Vegas, but it is another strong indication there is more than smoke surrounding the proposed move to Sin City. Owner Mark Davis has said the team will move to Las Vegas if the city "comes through" on a new stadium deal, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already publicly supported the move, suggesting there is backing inside the league as well.
Source: Forbes
Aug 25 - 10:41 AM

Raiders owner Mark Davis believes moving the team to Las Vegas would "unite the Raider nation."

"The Raider fans in Northern California get upset a little bit when we talk about going to Los Angeles, and the L.A. fans get a little ticked off at the fans in Northern California, so it seems like Las Vegas is a neutral site that everybody’s kind of bought into," Davis tried to rationalize. "It will unite the Raider nation more than divide it." If Davis were right, it would be the first time in the history of professional sports that moving a team "united" a fanbase. Davis isn't trying to move the team to unite Raiders fans. He's doing it because it would make him richer and there's no stadium solution on the horizon in Oakland.
May 24 - 5:53 PM

An anonymous NFL owner told Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman the percentage chance the Raiders move to Las Vegas "is now 50 percent -- and maybe as high as 75."

As recently as a few years ago, that same owner said there would have been "no effing way" the NFL would have allowed a team to go to Vegas. "Las Vegas," he said, "was considered poison. That's not the case any longer. One of the things owners see is there's a lot of money to be made there. A lot of money will ease those gambling concerns." Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already came out and supported the move, which is very notable after Jones greatly influenced the Rams' move to L.A. He has a lot of pull among the league's owners. One caveat, however, is Jones has insisted Mark Davis relinquish control of the Raiders.
May 13 - 9:51 AM

Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman insists the city is not "getting played" by the Raiders.

It's always reassuring when you have to publicly state you are not getting taken advantage of. "The Raiders will come if Nevada handles this properly," Goodman said Tuesday. "(Raiders owner) Mark Davis has assured us that Las Vegas is not getting played in a Raiders stadium deal. I know we will have a team." All that may be technically true, but Davis could still be secretly counting on the league to eventually "play" Vegas as he attempts to extract a stadium deal from Oakland. Despite Vegas' enthusiasm, the city still has a number of significant hurdles to overcome before the Silver and Black can relocate to the desert.
May 10 - 1:56 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis says the team "will be the Las Vegas Raiders" if the city comes through.

"We have made a commitment to Las Vegas and that's where it stands," Davis said. "If Las Vegas can come through ... we'll be the Las Vegas Raiders. I have never used a city as a bargaining chip. This is real." There's no ambiguity in Davis' words, suggesting it's more than just a leverage play. Davis says the team is ready to contribute $500 million if the city approves a stadium plan. If it's not already too late, it's beginning to look like now-or-never for the city of Oakland.
Apr 28 - 2:12 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis says the team will contribute $500 million to the Las Vegas stadium project if it's approved.

Davis is going all in on the Vegas rhetoric, saying the move would "transform" the city, and that it would be "getting everyone who has worn the silver and black for the last 56 years." Davis added "together we can turn the Silver State into the SIlver-and-Black State." Maybe "together" the sides could, but they would still need the NFL's approval. That remains the great mystery in Davis' increasingly bold and public Vegas quest.
Apr 28 - 1:03 PM

The Los Angeles Daily News reports Raiders owner Mark Davis will have another meeting with Las Vegas officials on Thursday regarding a new stadium.

He'll be meeting with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, which is discussing building a 65,000 seat stadium. Per reporter Vincent Bonsignore, Davis will "offer a commitment to pursue a Raiders relocation there if financing for the $1.3 billion project is approved." Even were the project to be approved, Davis would still face significant hurdles as he attempts to move to Nevada, namely the NFL's prudishness about gambling.
Apr 26 - 2:38 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Raiders owner Mark Davis will be in Las Vegas later this month to discuss the construction of a new stadium.

Davis will speak at a meeting to decide if the city will contribute funds to a stadium project. Cole reports Davis is expected to "pledge" a move to Vegas if the council ponies up the funds. Davis, of course, does not have the ability to unilaterally move his franchise, and it remains unclear how much support the move to Vegas has among other owners. The Raiders signed a one-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum in February, meaning they could move as early as next season.
Apr 12 - 12:45 PM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports the Raiders moving to Las Vegas remains a possibility.

Raiders owner Mark Davis visited Las Vegas again on Friday. Giants co-owner John Mara said "most owners" view the possibility of a franchise in Vegas as a "non-starter," but Florio reports the Raiders could find support from the "new-school owners" who are comfortable with a team playing in a state with legalized gambling. The NFL already plays multiple games every season in London, where gambling is legal. The Raiders signed a one-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum in February, but their future after this season remains up in the air.
Apr 2 - 10:48 AM

The Raiders have signed a one-year lease to remain in Oakland's O.Co Coliseum for the 2016 season.

The band aid deal gives the Raiders an official 2016 home as they shop around for a long-term solution. Las Vegas is the latest relocation rumor du jour, but Los Angeles could end up Oakland's most likely home for 2017. If the Chargers work out a deal in San Diego, the Raiders will be Hollywood bound.
Feb 11 - 5:28 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Raiders will host the Texans in a regular-season game in Mexico City next season.

The Raiders' stadium situation in Oakland is unsettled, so it makes sense to send one of their home games abroad. The Texans have consistently expressed their desire to play in Mexico, and the two teams are scheduled to play next season. It is a perfect fit. The last NFL game in Mexico was a 2005 regular-season clash between the Cardinals and 49ers played before a crowd of 103,467.
Feb 4 - 11:55 AM

Raiders owner Mark Davis said the team is working on a one-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum.

Davis is actively pursuing options which would move the team in the future, but he said the "No. 1 plan" is to secure a deal in Oakland for 2016. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has said the sides need to secure a new lease before opening discussions on a "permanent, beautiful" stadium. The future is murky, but the Raiders will play at least one more season in Oakland.
Feb 2 - 10:30 AM

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