During The Herd today, it was announced that the owners approved the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas by a 31-1 vote. It’s not unexpected, but now it’s official. Miami is the only team that opposed. Condolences to all the die-hard fans of Oakland, today sucks.
Jerry Jones reportedly rallied owner support for the move, and by way of doing so, eliminated any possibility the Raiders might end up a Texas rival in San Antonio or Austin. It also helps out his BFF, Ram’s owner Stan Kroenke, by taking a team out of the California NFL logjam.
Even sports is about politics. If there was a House of Cards for NFL owners, Jerry Jones is Frank Underwood. He got this legislation passed to his own benefit. Not shocking.
“Don’t forget the power of the Dallas Cowboys, and the power of Jerry Jones.
This Vegas move is for a lot of reasons. Stan Kroenke didn’t want the Raiders in L.A., and Jerry didn’t want the Raiders in San Antonio. So they end up in Vegas, and suddenly? Gambling? We don’t mind no stinking gambling!“
The move represents a landmark shift in the NFL stance on gambling. After years of apprehension to the idea of legalized sports gambling in an NFL town, Jerry made ’em come to Jesus.
Colin thinks the idea that gambling at the professional level is a problem is completely ridiculous, and noted that the Vegas casinos now serve as the lead regulators and would be the first to notify the NFL of suspicious movement in a line.
He does think the Raiders face real, potentially disastrous problems with the move. The biggest among them is how they’ll handle their remaining 2-3 years in Oakland.
Any stadium the Raiders will eventually have in Vegas won’t be ready until 2020, at the earliest. Now that the Raiders are essentially a team without a city, they’re going to be playing in front of a dispassionate fan base, in the worst facility in the NFL, as it collapses around them.
They shouldn’t expect any favors from the Oakland or the fans. Colin thinks the NFL may have to figure out a way to get them out of town as early as next year. These things NEVER work out. It’s all bad optics for the NFL.
The signing of Marshawn Lynch could serve as a shiny object to temporarily distract fans for a short amount of time, but Roger Goodell has to terrified at the prospect of having a competitive Raiders team playing in front of an empty stadium in primetime, or potentially hosting home games in the playoffs.
“Rental cars get beaten up by people. Hotel rooms get beaten up by people. The Raiders are going to be a rental car for several years now.
Oakland is going to be an unprecedented 2 to 3 year lame duck franchise in the worst facility, already. I think you’ve got to get them out of town.”
Watch Colin break down the Raiders move, and explain why it’s Jerra’s world, and the rest of the NFL owners are just livin’ in it.