Latest On Raiders’, Chargers’ Relocation

Although the Raiders and owner Mark Davis appear to be moving full-steam ahead with their plan to relocate to Las Vegas, not every NFL owner is on board, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (all links to Twitter). Multiple owners voiced various concerns with a potential move to Las Vegas at a recent league financial meeting, per Cole, who adds the NFL is now viewing the situation as a choice between two poor options.Las Vegas Raiders (featured)

At least two owners on the 15-man finance committee voiced concerns about the “logic” of transferring the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas, according to Cole, adding substance to recent reports that have indicated that Las Vegas’ small market size — not its reputation — is giving owners pause. League officials seem to agree, as they presented a study that showed Vegas would have the smallest “potential season ticket base” in the NFL, per Cole.

Another owner was skeptical of the relationship between Davis and financier Sheldon Adelson, and even argued that the Raiders should be wedged out of the NFL’s local revenue sharing agreement if they relocate to Vegas. Meanwhile, owners aren’t sold on Fortress Investment Group, which is set to contribute $600MM in private money towards a new stadium, and don’t believe the company is “trustworthy,” reports Cole.

On the Chargers, Cole corroborates Jim Trotter of ESPN.com’s recent report that the Bolts are likely to move to Los Angeles in the near future, although no “definitive statement” was made at the league’s meetings. The Chargers are progressing towards a deal with the Rams to share a stadium in Inglewood, California, but owner Dean Spanos “loves” San Diego, per Cole, and is presumably ready to exhaust every effort to stay put.

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9 comments on “Latest On Raiders’, Chargers’ Relocation

  1. I don’t see how the league can cut the Raiders out of the revenue sharing this article makes no sense
    I would think after what the league did to Mark a Davis on the LA deals that Mark Davis would have some weight as far as if the league doesn’t give Mark what he wants now that they would have a very good reason to sue the league much less the league cut the Raiders out of revenue sharing sounds like this writer that wrote this article is just trying to stir things up as far as making things us to make him or herself noticed

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  2. SD Speak For Myself

    Dean has no SD options…60% of San Diegans don’t want a stadium. His siblings want to move to LA. Bye Bye Chargers!

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    • Tasman

      60% of San Diegans didn’t want a Stadium Down Town ! Ask the residents of San Diego County if we want the Chargers to stay here and you’re going to see the answer is YES !!!!! Been watching them play here since they were at Balboa Park. They belong here!!!!!!!

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  3. BigChip10

    Keep the Chargers. I second that. Leave my RAIDERS out of this mess. I don’t want them in vegas either but Oakland isn’t doing much to keep them.

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  4. Chargers Mx

    It should be a county election for the San Diego stadium, we all want the chargers to stay! Let’s get it done San Diego!

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  5. Binnster

    Please stay Dean, don’t listen to all of these idiots. Bolts don’t belong anywhere but San Diego, it would be catastrophic irreversible huge step backwards playing second fiddle to Stan and the Rams. Once the honeymoon is over you will be miserable.
    A deal will get done in San Diego keep the faith!!

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    • coldgoldenfalstaff

      They’re gone, and the city shoulders much of the blame. 10 years and all they could come up was that insulting Mission Valley bid?

      Also, the Bolts could do well in the LA market if they have a winning team before the Rams do, which is quite possible.

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  6. Barron Longwood

    chargers were given their marching orders on nov 8th

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