Oakland Raiders looking to move to Las Vegas

By Bob Sweeney

By Bob Sweeney

Broncos season ticketholders are getting their bills for the 2017 season. The team should improve over the next season with our young quarterbacks gaining more experience.

The big football news outside of Denver is about the Oakland Raiders and their move to Las Vegas. It is hard to believe that this team will leave their home city, but it now looks like a done deal. They will still have their beloved Golden State Warriors.

The latest news on this pending move comes from a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Seems the NFL has deemed Las Vegas a viable NFL location. The 32 team owners will vote this month on allowing Oakland to move. It takes 24 votes for approval.

I would expect that John Elway would represent Denver, and I would also expect that they would prefer playing in Las Vegas rather than Oakland.

Presently, Las Vegas has no professional sports franchises, but a national championship basketball title.

The proposal would be to build a 65,000-seat domed stadium—I guess to keep the heat out, rather than the cold. The facility could cost up to $1.9 billion. Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson and the Goldman Sachs Group have been mentioned as participants in financing this stadium, but the paper reports that they have recently pulled out of the proposed project.

The Raiders have advanced their own finance plan and Bank of America is supposedly interested as well in construction loans.

The move and stadium could be completed by 2020 if the NFL owners vote “yes” and the money can be raised to build the stadium.

I think we can bet that the deal will go through.

It’d be great to go to Las Vegas for a weekend Broncos game.

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