As predicted by NFL sources for months now, once all the dust settles from the Chargers joining the Rams in Los Angeles, the Oakland Raiders will emerge as the lone coveted free agent on the market able to field potential stadium plan offers from various cities.
At the top of that list stands Oakland, their current home, and San Diego once the Chargers clear out.
Looks like another option is emerging from an unlikely but intriguing location.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal, Raiders Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, is scheduled to meet with Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson on Friday, possibly to discuss the Sands Corp proposal to build a $1 billion domed stadium on 42 acres near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The stadium would be home to school’s football team. And now, potentially, a possible National Football League franchise.
A high-ranking Raiders official wouldn’t confirm or deny the report. Read what you will into that, but it sure seems like the Raiders are at least interested in meeting with a Las Vegas high-roller.
Needless to say, depending on what happens with the Chargers, the next 12 months could end up being pretty busy for the Raiders as they look to secure a long-range home.
As for the 2016 season, the most likely bet is that the Raiders sign a short-term lease at their current home and spend the year fielding offers from Oakland, San Diego and maybe San Antonio and Las Vegas