Following rumors that the Oakland Raiders are considering a move to Las Vegas, Mayor Carolyn Goodman is confident the NFL franchise will.
She tells ESPN that the Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas, unless the deal is mismanaged.
“The Raiders will come if Nevada handles this properly,” Goodman says.
Raiders owner Mark Davis has attended, at least, two meetings in Las Vegas. One in January and another in April with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and has pledged $500 million toward the construction of a $1.4 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium.
“Mark Davis has assured us that Las Vegas is not getting played in a Raiders stadium deal,” Goodman said. “I know we will have a team.”
According to ESPN, The Sands and Majestic Realty have pledged an additional $150 million, leaving $750 million for taxpayers to pony up to get the stadium project underway.
A special session of the Nevada Legislature would be asked for in August to approve tax funds for the stadium. The legislature is not scheduled to meet again until 2017.
If all this is approved, NFL owners would then have to approve a Raiders relocation.