Raiders fans worst nightmare came true when the Raiders were approved to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, but the news could get that much worse if fan support in the city dies off.
"I felt like there were a lot better ways to spend $750 million than bringing the Raiders to Las Vegas".
A Raiders fan's sign speaks bluntly, expressing his feelings about a Las Vegas move.
A professional team in Las Vegas shouldn't be an issue, though many have expressed concerns. The Warriors will be leaving Oakland, but they are only moving across the bay to San Francisco.
Speaking to United States media, Goodell restated that the National Football League opposed all forms of betting on its matches. I just think it's terrible when teams leave a city, leave an area and go elsewhere after so many years of history and connections to generations of fans. The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles.
Right up to the last minute, Oakland and its supporters worked on a possible deal to keep the team, but in the latest permutation, the venture capital firm Fortress would have been involved in ownership, and team owner Mark Davis has insisted on not taking on new partners.
Despite the relatively young age of their facility and large amount of debt to pay off on it, the Rams moved back to L.A. past year as they await the privately financed, $2.6 billion stadium to be located in Inglewood and set to open in 2019.
The Raiders haven't decided where they're going to play in 2018 and 2019 because they don't know what the reception is going to be like in Oakland this year.
"I honestly believe when the Raiders play here more than half the stadium will be rooting for the other team", Foley said. The Mayor said that the City of Oakland confirmed that by evaluating the loss of one or more teams. As the $2 billion stadium rises from the desert south of the Las Vegas Strip, the effects of this move will be far-reaching. "My emotions are mixed", Del Rio said to ESPN, "While, I'm sad for family, friends, and fans in the Oak area, I also recognize the tremendous opportunity going forward for our organization". The Raiders plan to remain in Oakland through 2019, which could create an untenable situation. Much of the team's fan base - among the most loyal in the National Basketball Association - comes from San Francisco and the Peninsula.