Report: NFL against Las Vegas, wants to keep Raiders in Oakland


The NFL is reportedly taking a stand against the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas.

According to NFL Network's Steve Wyche, the league's owners want to keep the Raiders in Oakland. This stands in direct opposition to the work team owner Mark Davis has done with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and state lawmakers to get a stadium deal done in Las Vegas.

Wyche explains the case for Oakland, via NFL.com:

League studies have lent more attractiveness to the Bay Area because of market size and long-term financial stability, per a source. The issue is to come up with the funding for a new stadium in Oakland. Davis and city leaders seem at an impasse, but a person I have spoken with said the NFL is still trying to find ways to figure out how to keep the Raiders in Oakland. There are far more ways to monetize the NFL in the super-wealthy Bay Area than in Vegas, the source said.

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Per the report, the Chargers are being prioritized over the Raiders. The city of San Diego just turned down a measure on Tuesday that would have secured enough public funding to build a new stadium downtown. The would prefer to have the Chargers strike a new deal with San Diego than move the team to Los Angeles and share a stadium with the Rams.

It sounds like a shared stadium in Los Angeles is the least attractive option for the NFL. Wyche reports that owners would warm up to the idea of relocating the Raiders to Las Vegas if an agreement to stay in Oakland cannot be reached, as they "really don't want" the team to join the Rams in Los Angeles. Ideally, the league would like to keep four stadiums in California.

The Raiders' relocation must be approved by a three-fourths vote of the NFL's owners at a league meeting.

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