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Oregon fans petition Gov. to bring NFL team (Raiders?) to Portland

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Could the Raiders relocate to Portland(ia)?. (NFLtoPortland.com)
Could the Raiders relocate to Portland(ia)? (NFLtoPortland.com)

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A group of Oregon fans have petitioned Gov. John Kitzhaber via Change.org to bring an NFL team to Portland, and the Oakland Raiders appear to be on the short list.

"Bringing an NFL team to Oregon would dramatically increase the footprint of this state, bring tax revenue, create jobs and create a multi-use venue that would increase tourism," the "NFL to Portland" petition reads. "Portland is the nation's largest metropolitan area that is served by only one of the Big Three Major League sports organizations."

But are the Raiders even considering moving out of Oakland?

Last week, owner Mark Davis admitted that if the team doesn't get a new stadium soon there's the chance the Raiders could relocate.

"I don't want to call it a last-ditch effort, but it does seem to be the last chance that Oakland is going to get," Davis said. "We can't continue to play in that stadium, with the baseball field and all of that stuff."

The Raiders are the only major sports team to share a venue with a Major League Baseball team.

Meanwhile, the folks behind the "NFL to Portland" movement have a plan for a new stadium.

"While there is typically a significant public cost to building an NFL stadium, the state of Oregon should actively pursue feasibility studies, projections and explore the possibilities," the petition reads. "The study should explore the possibilities of a new NFL stadium-centric development surrounded by ancillary mixed-use development designed to bring multiple benefits to Portland and surrounding areas, including economic, real estate, retail, tourism, entertainment, sports, recreation, cultural and community pride benefits. The signees of this petition support further exploration of this."

There's also this:

The petition has reached 1,500 signatures.

We fully support this move for one reason: We want to see what happens when the Black Hole crowd meets the Portlandia set.

* via KGW.com

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