Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, citing league sources, reports that Raiders owner Mark Davis faces “significant obstacles and opposition” to relocating the franchise to Las Vegas, despite the recent news that Nevada has approved $750 million in public funding for a stadium.
La Canfora says that many prominent owners would prefer to see the Raiders stay in downtown Oakland than move to Las Vegas and the NFL reportedly continues to work behind the scenes to find a home for the Raiders in the Bay Area.
In order to move the team to Las Vegas, Davis would need 24 votes from ownership. However, La Canfora mentions that it’s “far from certain” Davis would get the support he would need to make such a move right now.
According to La Canfora, NFL executives are reluctant and unwilling to give up on having another team located in the booming Bay Area where there is a better economy and larger television market.
Interestingly enough, La Canfora adds that some owners believe the best case scenario for the Raiders would be for them to have new ownership.
Last night, Davis told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN Saturday that he plans on his franchise playing the next two seasons at the Oakland Coliseum, even if they reach a stadium deal to relocate the team to Las Vegas.
“We want to bring a Super Bowl championship back to the Bay Area,” Davis told ESPN.
We’ll have more regarding the Raiders and a potential Las Vegas stadium as the news is available.