Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis made one thing clear at the NFL owners meeting in Houston this week: he’s ready to move the team to Las Vegas.
On Wednesday at the meetings, Davis informed his fellow owners that, barring an unexpected surprise, he plans to file papers in January to move his team from Oakland to Las Vegas.
“Mark Davis said that he was committed to Las Vegas 100 percent, and that there were several market studies being done by the Raiders,” said one source that was present when Davis made his presentation on Wednesday.
After the presentation, Davis did make a plea to reporters that he hasn’t shut the door on returning to Oakland, but he claimed that the city might have already moved on from them.
“Oakland was in the driver’s seat if they could’ve put together anything,” Davis said, after updating his fellow owners on his desire to relocate. “They came up with nothing.”
“Las Vegas has already done what it is supposed to do and we have to bring it up to the National Football League and get permission to move to Las Vegas.”
Ultimately the move may be inevitable at this point. Last month the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee approved a $750 million public funding plan for a new stadium in Las Vegas. Since then, Davis appears to be gaining support.
“I don’t know what there is to say other than, ‘Congrats, Raiders on getting the largest public subsidy ever and cleaning up our L.A. [mess],” another source familiar with the Raiders’ presentation told ESPN. “They’ve busted their ass to get something done. I respect that. … Once you’ve stepped up and produced something, you deserve better.”