They could still struggle, but there is some fairly significant optimism in the fan base for the first time in a while. Those types of deals are hard to come by these days, and Raiders owner Mark Davis jumped at the offer. "On behalf of all the citizens of Clark County, it is my pleasure to say to the Raiders, Raider Nation and the entire NFL: Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada". By 1996 the Oakland Coliseum, now complete with an additional 10,000-seat structure dubbed "Mount Davis", had undergone a renovation created to keep the Raiders in the Bay Area. We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff. "I just hope that in the future as we play in Oakland this year, that they understand it wasn't the players, it wasn't the coaches that made this decision, but it was me that made it, and if they have anybody to talk to about it, it should be me, and I will in the coming days try to explain to them what went into making this hard decision". But the Raiders moving here would not only give the city one of the premier sports attractions in the country but could help legitimize sports betting across the country.
"I feel the pain of our fans in Oakland", Carr said. The Chargers are moving from San Diego to Los Angeles this fall and playing in a temporary stadium while the venue that will host the Rams, as the primary tenant, and Chargers is being built. "We are happy the Raiders are going to have a home for the long term and appreciate the efforts from Las Vegas and Nevada for helping make that happen".
So, did the Dolphins just want to make sure that the lovely Miami beaches and awesome weather there remained as one of the most attractive free-agent destinations?
"This is a better plan for the Raiders and the league than the plan in Las Vegas", Schaaf said.
The $750 million of public money toward the $1.9 billion stadium cost is funded through a visitor's tax.
The Raiders' move became more certain this month when Bank of America offered the loan. The deadline for the Raiders to exercise the team's option for the 2018 season is March of next year.
The franchise began in the Bay Area in 1960, sticking it out through 1981, winning two Super Bowl Championships in that time.
Another city has lost its National Football League team. "You have an obligation to recognize that professional football teams are the lifeblood, culture and identity of the places where they play".
"It'd be sad because it's a great atmosphere, especially when they're winning, like the team we saw past year", he said.