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Plan to keep Raiders in Oakland draws mixed reaction from Nevada politicians

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By Jason Green, Bay Area News Group

LAS VEGAS — An emerging effort to keep the Raiders in Oakland is drawing mixed reaction from elected officials in Las Vegas, where owner Mark Davis has committed to moving the football team and lawmakers have agreed to chip in $750 million for a new stadium.

[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]Announced Friday, the plan calls for a $1.25 billion, 55,000-seat stadium at the Coliseum site, as well as a possible new ballpark for the A’s and a large commercial development.

Steve Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission in Nevada, said he was not worried about Davis changing his mind. Sisolak served on the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, which backed the proposal to pluck the Raiders from Oakland.

“I’ve been dealing with both (team president) Marc Badain and Mark Davis regularly over the past almost two years now,” said Sisolak, who strongly supports the Raiders moving to Las Vegas. “I’ve found them both to be men of great integrity. They’ve committed that their plan is to move the team to Las Vegas as long as we could build a stadium.”

But fellow Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said a competing bid to keep the team in Oakland is exactly what she expected.

“The reality was that Oakland was never going to let the Raiders go,” said Giunchigliani, a harsh critic of the Nevada Legislature’s approval of a hotel room tax hike that would provide a large chunk of the funding needed to build a 65,000-seat stadium in Las Vegas.

Giunchigliani said it isn’t sports she has a problem with.

“I don’t believe in public financing for these kinds of things,” she said. “It just is irresponsible and it doesn’t ever pencil out for the constituents, and that’s who my concern is with.”

A source familiar with funding for the plan announced Friday said $200 million would come from the NFL and $300 million from the Raiders. The rest is from an investment group headed by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and money-management firm Fortress Investment Group.

Ultimately, any plan to move the team to Las Vegas would have to be approved by three-quarters of NFL owners

If the Raiders end up staying in Oakland, the Clark County Stadium Authority would need to cast a two-thirds vote to disband, but Giunchigliani doesn’t see that happening.

Steve Hill, chairman of the authority and director of the Nevada Governor’s Office on Economic Development, declined to comment for this story.

Sisolak said he understood why Alameda County and Oakland want to retain the Raiders, but there is a “huge appetite for NFL football” in Las Vegas.

“I don’t blame Oakland for not wanting to lose the Raiders,” he said. “They’ve got a strong fan base in Oakland but they’ve developed a very strong fan base in Nevada very quickly.”

The authority held its first meeting Monday and is weighing two possible locations, Sisolak said.

“The state of Nevada and Clark County have taken significant steps to make it possible to build a stadium and have the Raiders come,” Sisolak said, “and I think that’s the path we’re still on.”

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  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    I think Reggie will go LB or RT in first round. DL 2nd round

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Yep

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    too early to know what players will be available in the 30’s

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    I wouldnt be suprised with RT LB DL. Obviously defense are our biggest needs. Depends how Reggied board ends up when we are up to bat

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    32nd overall usually lands a solid DT … but do we need one? Stacy McGee is awesome (when healthy) and we drafted Ward & Edwards to play somewhere on the DL

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Adelson will be the reason why the Raiders won’t end up in Vegas. And actually Mark can turn around and tell Oakland/Alameda 65k stadium or nothing

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Me personally. I would go lb or rt. Those are our biggest needs imo

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    He wont leave Michigan. Kroenke will probably make him a top paid HC. And Harbaugh will like to stuff it to SF twice a year

  • Raiders21

    ILB?

  • Raiders21

    Jarrad Davis Florida, Reuben Foster Alabama, and there is a solid Ohio State ILB too

  • Carlos Olaiz

    Its not going to be the same if the Raiders left bay area… I can see a new stadium on coliseum site…

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    What’s going to happen to the A’s?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Austin Howard & Vadal Alexander got the RT job on lockdown. the linebacker spots need serious improvement. Riley & Malcolm are serviceable, but not impact players. James & Cowser are young enough to grow into roles. Heeney & Ball are coming back from IR to compete. We’ll see what happens. Late picks are about value, not need. It’s BPA or trade down

  • Carlos Olaiz

    Lott´s plan includes a ball park for A´s… is not to hard to see Markie using Las vegas as a leverage…both NFL & Libby…

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Penn is getting up there in age we might need to draft a young guy to groom behind him.. And if we let Murray walk, can Richard and Washington carry the load??
    And agreed on LBs, need another S as well.. Nelson and Allen might not come back??

  • Carlos Olaiz

    he was in charge of our ST units on Jhonnie Lee Higgins & Jacoby ford era??

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Fisher fired and Rex soon to be. Hmmm defensive coordinators

  • Carlos Olaiz

    …a very obsolete ones… not too much accomplishments… the one since eddie George nothing to remark, the second never like his father…

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Rex is a good DC .. HC not so much

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The one and only Bones Fassel..
    Didn’t he also take the Giants to the SB with Kerry Collins as his QB??

  • Carlos Olaiz

    No… his father Jim Fassel did. They lost to the Ray Lewis Ravens on 2000

  • idahoraiderfan33

    He’s sort of like Norv, great OC but crappy HC

  • Raiders21

    doubt Murray walks. has had a great year

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I knew it was a Fassel just wasn’t sure which one..

  • Carlos Olaiz
  • idahoraiderfan33

    I agree, bring him back, well if i was the RAIDERS i would

  • Carlos Olaiz

    Now Lott´s people, Markie & goodell guys to meet to keep Raiders on bay area…

  • idahoraiderfan33

    So 1.3 Billion only gets us a mini 55K stadium in Oakland, assuming it goes through??

  • Raiders21

    Mark wanted a smaller stadium with all state of the art stuff inside

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I wonder if Mark slips in the Aldon Smith drama?? Hey Goodell, now that i have you here, you going to let Aldon play or what?!

  • Carlos Olaiz

    LOL!!

  • Raiders21

    one can only hope. NFL has dragged this out long enough.

  • Carlos Olaiz

    After Slowlando Mclain fiasco I´m guessing if they want to be sure Aldon learns enough…

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I understand that, but thing is Aldon did his time, 1 year and counting.. So we won’t really know if he learned his lesson till they let him play, imo

  • Carlos Olaiz

    agree

  • idahoraiderfan33

    RoMac was shooting at people, getting busted for drugs, PEDs, etc and they still let him.. Oh, he played for the Cowboys so all is good..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Imho Aldon Smith would be playing already if he played for another high profile team like the Pats, Cowboys or Donks.. Again imho

  • no mas diamante

    Makes more sense for the chargers to go to vegas. San Diego does not want them.

  • Carlos Olaiz
  • TimberRaiders

    just hope this love doesn’t get to the teams head, they have a lot left to prove

  • Aussie Raider

    Ravens to win and the cheat Brady taken off on a stretcher.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    That guy gets it.. The RAIDERS are just banged up right now, seems like everybody’s hurting. Suddenly Crabs finger is just as important as Carr finger..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    That should be a good game

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    i’m rooting for T Brady to score more fantasy points than L Blount. Besides that, I don’t care who wins. Raiders will own the AFC … after Carr gets KC out of his head

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Derek Carr lost the MVP on Thursday night.

    Are you nuts? Take a deep breath. With three games remaining, Carr is still my choice for the league’s top individual honor. That take defines knee-jerk reaction.

    Look, Carr played his worst game of the season at an inopportune time. There’s no disputing that. Yes, it was a short week. Yes, Carr was injured. Yes, Amari Cooper ran an odd route on a potential touchdown in the fourth quarter.

    But it doesn’t eradicate a season of brilliance. Every candidate has a wart or two.

    Derek Carr lost a road division game to the 10-3 Chiefs. Breathe, people.

    If Carr struggles down the stretch, he won’t get my vote. But as of now, he absolutely will. Carr’s earned it, carrying the 10-3 Raiders back to NFL relevancy.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)