Raiders owner bets on the Silver State

On the first day of the NFL Draft, Raiders owner Mark Davis announced Las Vegas as his pick. Davis addressed the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee on Thursday (accompanied by David Beckham) and pledged to add $500 million toward a $1.4 billion new stadium in Las Vegas and move the team if the rest of the funding, outside of an additional contribution from billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, is approved by the Nevada State Legislature. The project would likely take three years to complete if approved, with Davis adding that the team would likely play one preseason game a year at Sam Boyd Stadium in Vegas while maintaining their headquarters in Alameda and play home games at the Oakland Coliseum until the venue is complete.

Despite doubts from pundits that league owners would approve the move, due to the proximity of gambling, Davis expressed confidence the league would ultimately approve the move. “I think we’ll make them an offer they can’t refuse,” Davis said. “Together we can turn the Silver State into the silver and black state.”

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