On Feb. 11, 2016, Raiders owner Mark Davis and hapless Oakland city officials got together at Oracle Arena and smiled in front of all the TV cameras. They agreed to a one-year lease extension at the Coliseum and pledged to work together to build a permanent facility for the football team.
They haven’t met since.
And now Davis, frustrated at the lack of progress toward getting a new stadium in Oakland and city officials’ vows not to spend taxpayer money to get one, is locked in on a move to Las Vegas.
NFL owners are set to vote on the team’s possible relocation at their meeting in Phoenix. Davis needs 24 of 32 owners to vote “yes,” though contingencies attached to a vote could push the final approval back to May, during the next owners’ meeting.
League sources expect the move to be approved. The Raiders are confident enough that they were planning a news conference near the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.
“Oakland is not really viewed as an alternative at this point,” one league executive said. “There’s nothing new on that end.”
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