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Posted on: 11/09/17
CHARLOTTE, N.C. This is nothing new. Las Vegas has a history of capitalizing on others' misfortune.The unlucky party in this case is Oakland football fans. After Tuesday's NFL owners' meetings in Charlotte, N.C., the NFL's rumored Sin City temptation feels more legitimate than ever. Raiders owner Mark Davis' pledge of allegiance to southern Nevada should tell you all you need to know on that front.But those haple s Oakland fans can't blame Davis, the organization or the league. The NFLwants to stay by the Bay, and with good reason."The Bay area is such a dynamic market," Rams owner Stan Kroenke told Sporting News after Los Angeles, his team's new home, was awarded Super Bowl LV in 2021."If you look at demographics around the league, over the next 10 years, the East Bay/San Francisco/San Jose area will grow more than any other NFL market.I think if Mark (Davis)can put together a deal up there, I think he'd rather stay there. I would rather have them stay there if thats their preference."HISTORY: NFL's post-merger franchise movesThis has never been about the lure of Vegas alone; it's T J Logan Jersey about the lure of Vegas in the context of Oakland's inability to and/or disinterest infunding a new stadium. Davis has tried although some argue otherwise but, to this point, he has failed."The Raiders have been very open about the challenges of getting a stadium built," NFL commi sioner Roger Goodell said."Its not fair to shift all of that responsibility to the Raiders they bear some. But public officials, the private sector, the Raiders, the NFL,we all have a responsibility."We have given, from an ownership standpoint, another $300 million to support a stadium built in Oakland. We believe in that market. I know Mark Davis does. But there has to be a solution. Its been a long time coming. We will play our part, and I know the Raiders will, also."In other words, the Raiders and the NFL basically are trying to sell a luxurious condo to a college kid wholives in a run-down studio apartment for a reason. And the offer of first month's rent for free stilldoesn't make the investment practical enough.Despite an apparently solid faction of Raider fans in Vegasand an opportunity for the league to bring unprecedented sportsrelevance to the desert, the city is not more attractive than the region the teamcurrently occupies. "New" and "exciting," as Davis called the potential move? Yes. But that might be where the positives end.One of the NFL's better,more distinctive and loyalfan bases stuffs the Pat Tillman Jersey hell hole that is O.co Coliseum on a weekly basis during the season. Combine the Raiders' suddenly positive outlook with the succe s of their next-door neighbors in Oracle Arena, and those fans could be on the verge of arguably the happiest of sports times in Oak Town.IYER: Move to Vegas a lock, with or without RaidersRaiders fans embrace their heroesafter a win over the 49ers in 2014. (Getty Images)The 49ers' move south from San Francisco to Santa Clara, Calif. a couple years agogave the Raiders roughly 40 miles of breathing room with which to furthersolidify theirlocal support. It also means a Raiders move would leave a void in the northern Bay Area that hasn't existed since 1946, when the Niners were established . . .just in time for the growth that Kroenke referenced.While it's far from perfect such a transient city hardly isfertilegroundforrabid support Vegas does presentthe most ideal alternative location for the league.Naturally,Goodellrecommends caution.In combatingDavis' said "commitment" to Vegas as long as "they come through with what theyre talking about doing," the commi sioner referenced thegambling i sue and logistics as reasons presumptions of a move are "premature at this point."But the owners' song of sports gambling acceptance is in fullcrescendo. Kroenke, another influential owner who happens to know a thing or DJ Humphries Jersey two aboutrelocation,echoed the chorus of the Cowboys' Jerry Jones and the Patriots' Robert Kraft."I think it has been evolving," Kroenke said of sports betting's perception in the United States."Where it was 25 years ago is not where it is today. We own a football club in London Arsenal and over there, gambling is treated differently. People come to stadiums; they bet on who scores first and all these different things. They enjoy it and engage in it; they havent had any problems. I think they, too, have evolved, and I think its accepted among the fans."I think theres more comfort as things move along,more clarity. When you look at all the methodologies involved in games of chance nowadays, its a different environment."MORE: Absurd Super Bowl bet placed on BucsFor the fans in Oakland, those words are exponentially more terrifying than "First-and-goal, Broncos," or even "After reviewing the play, the quarterback's arm was going forward;it is an incomplete pa s."The Raiders' need for a new Rodney Gunter Jersey home happened to come in the midst of an apparent NFL relocation interest phase. (Stay tuned, London and Mexico City.) It happened to come rightwhen the team seems capable of winning its division for the first time since 2002. That's bad luck.Or, maybe, it's just Vegas.

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