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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

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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

In a memo sent to all 32 teams, the NFL said, "There is no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city."

The memo was in response to Raiders owner Mark Davis' reported desire to move his team to Las Vegas, a move the league would likely resist considering their stance on gambling. Davis met with Sands casino CEO Sheldon Adelson Friday regarding a $1 billion dome stadium Adelson plans to build in Vegas. After striking out in Los Angeles, Davis appears open to any and all options.
Jan 30 - 1:18 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis is in Las Vegas on Friday morning meeting with Sands casino chairman Sheldon Adelson about his support of an NFL stadium in "Sin City."

The Raiders-to-Las Vegas story has escalated rapidly over the past 24 hours, and Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, who's following relocation situations closely, reports the Raiders' potential move to Vegas is "very real." It won't happen this year, but Davis is intent on pursuing viable solutions for his franchise after it drew the shortest stick at the Owners' Meetings earlier this month. The Coliseum is simply no longer functional. Adelson reportedly wants to build a $1 billion dome in Vegas, with or without a team.
Jan 29 - 11:37 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the possibility of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas is "very real," and that owner Mark Davis has been discussing the possibility with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson for "two years."

Concurrently, longtime Raiders reporter Bill Williamson reports Las Vegas is "confident" about attracting a team to town. Almost assuredly, lots of this is hot air, but it's something to be taken seriously since the Raiders' Oakland situation is beyond tenuous at this point. The major roadblock is the NFL's extreme aversion toward appearing to support gambling. Of all the league's 32 owners, Davis is probably near the bottom when it comes to the kind of clout that would be needed to persuade for such a move.
Jan 28 - 8:36 PM

FOX Las Vegas reports Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is looking to spearhead a project to build a $1 billion, domed football stadium "with or without a team."

The stadium would be built on 42 acres of land recently purchased by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It would reportedly be a "public-private partnership," with the developers possibly requesting that "funds from hotel room taxes be diverted to the project." The news comes the same day that word leaked Raiders owner Mark Davis will be visiting the city to survey the site on Friday. The NFL's queasiness about gambling would be a major hurdle to relocating a team to the Nevada desert.
Jan 28 - 8:10 PM

Top Raiders brass will reportedly visit Las Vegas on Friday to scout a potential stadium site.

The reports are all a bit secondhand, but are based on a memo from University of Nevada Las Vegas president Len Jessup. Owner Mark Davis said he would neither confirm nor deny the report. With stadium efforts going exactly nowhere in Oakland, and Davis dead set against a move to St. Louis, Vegas is a highly interesting wild card option. The town has long been desperate for a professional team of any kind, but faced resistance as the American hub of legalized gambling.
Jan 28 - 6:45 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders could move to San Diego for the 2017 or 2018 season.

Schefter's source called the potential move "very viable." The Raiders-to-San Diego possibility was first reported two weeks ago by ESPN's John Clayton following a private discussion with Raiders owner Mark Davis. The Chargers are fully expected to join the Rams in Inglewood (CA), creating room for the Raiders in San Diego. Even after missing out on Los Angeles, Davis seems dead set on leaving Oakland. The Raiders have also been linked to San Antonio, but San Diego is a more realistic relocation option.
Jan 24 - 9:08 AM

Owner Mark Davis would not commit to the Raiders playing in Oakland next season.

"We came in third," said Davis. The league is planning to give the Raiders $100 million toward building a new stadium but Davis said that won't "fill the gap." As if things weren't already complicated enough, the Raiders don't have a stadium lease for next season. The Oakland Athletics, who have shared the Coliseum with the Raiders for the last 20 years, said Tuesday's announcement will not change the team's "goal of securing a new baseball-only facility." If the Chargers decide to stay in San Diego, which is certainly a possibility, the Raiders could end up sharing a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood. The Raiders showed preliminary interest in relocating to San Antonio last year and could pursue that option if the team can't find a way to make it work in Oakland or Los Angeles.
Jan 12 - 10:35 PM

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