NFL owners OK Raiders’ move to Las Vegas
Moving the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas was approved by NFL owners 31-1 on Monday, Gov. Brian Sandoval announced.
“This is a monumental day for Las Vegas and the entire State of Nevada,” Sandoval said. “I would like to express my gratitude to Mark Davis, the Raiders franchise and the NFL owners for their belief in the potential of our state. I would also like to thank the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, the Legislature, and everyone who worked to make this idea a reality and for their continued due diligence. The Stadium Authority Board will continue its work to finalize the details but the terms of the deal are established into law and no additional taxpayer funds will be expended.”
American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman congratulated the Raiders and the National Football League on the decision to place a team in Las Vegas.
“The second announcement of a major sports franchise to locate a team in Las Vegas in just the last 12 months demonstrates how far gaming has come, from a niche industry to a $240 billion economic engine that supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states,” Freeman said. “The gaming industry currently partners with professional teams around the country and we look forward to soon doing the same in Nevada. We applaud the many leaders in Las Vegas who have worked tirelessly to make the city the world’s premier tourist, convention and entertainment destination — and a market worthy of an NFL team.”