Raiders owner Mark Davis has made it clear he wants to move the Raiders to Las Vegas. Roger Goodell on the other hand has made it clear those negotiations are far to premature to talk about. During the NFL owners meetings in Charlotte, Goodell recently spoke about the possible Raider move.
“I think this has been a very transparent issue,” Goodell said about the ongoing struggle for the Raiders to secure a new stadium in Oakland. “I spoke to (Oakland’s mayor) last night at 10 o’clock. I’m in touch with her. I told her before, if there are proposals and solutions that she can identify or that we can help them identify. We have given from an ownership standpoint another $100 million, $300 million, to get a stadium built in Oakland. We believe in that market. I know Mark Davis does. But there has to be a solution that’s developed. It’s not just on us. There has got to be cooperative agreement to try to find that solution. It’s been a long time coming. This isn’t something that started 12 months ago. This has been a long time that we have been seeking a solution in Oakland and it’s time to get to that. We will play our part and I know the Raiders will also.”
It remains a mystery whether the Raiders will actually move to Vegas. The only thing that is clear is the current stadium deal at the Oakland Coliseum needs to be revamped. Whether it is Vegas, LA, Oakland, or San Antonio the city the gives the Raiders the best stadium deal will likely land the team in the future.