According to Jason Cole of B/R, Raiders owner Mark Davis will make a pledge for his team to move to Las Vegas at Thursday’s meeting with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee if the financing for a new stadium is approved.
Cole reported two weeks ago that Davis was expected to pledge to relocate the Raiders to Vegas if the city is willing build a new stadium, so it appears that a possible move is gaining momentum.
Additionally, Cole said earlier in April that more and more owners are becoming less opposed about the idea of the Raiders relocating to Las Vegas if this is really the best long-term option for the franchise.
There is still some concern about the long-term viability of Las Vegas and whether they alone can support an NFL franchise. However, Davis reportedly believes fans will travel to Las Vegas for games, but the concern remains.
It’s worth mentioning that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not rule out the possibility of the Raiders ending up in Las Vegas when asked about idea at the owners meetings.
The fact that Davis is meeting with prospective cities and stadium backers shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the lack of meaningful progress that the has made towards a new stadium in Oakland.
Some owners reportedly believe that remaining in Oakland is ultimately where the franchise belongs. However, it’s worth mentioning that the Raiders have the option to join the Rams in Los Angeles if the Chargers back out of their current agreement and get a new stadium built in San Diego.
We’ll have more updates regarding the Raiders’ future as the news becomes available.