Thursday the Raiders cleared another hurdle in their proposal to relocate to Las Vegas. The SNTIC voted to recommend the stadium funding to the governor.
Just as when the Raiders were attempting to move to Los Angeles, there has been a lot of news coming out of the prospective relocation destination and little to no news coming out of Oakland.
Roger Goodell has made it pretty clear that his first choice for the Raiders to be playing in the future is Oakland. But for that to happen, there has to be a viable stadium solution there.
Currently the stadium hopes rest with a development group headed by former Raiders and 49ers safety, Ronnie Lott. How much traction it has is yet to be seen.
With the wheels turning in Nevada, NFL Vice President Eric Grubman is heading to Oakland this weekend.
“Actually, I’m going to be at the Raiders game,” Grubman told the LA Times. “Going to the game. I’ll spend a couple of days after that meeting with a variety of people.”
Grubman added that it’s “probable” he will also meet with city officials in Oakland.
It’s important to remember that the Raiders path to relocation has several steps remaining. Perhaps the final step would be league approval. They got approval before due in part to there being no viable plan for a new stadium in Oakland.
The stadium situation in Oakland as well as the details of the stadium proposal in Las Vegas will all play into whether the Raiders are approved.