The Oakland Raiders are scheduled to move to Las Vegas in time for the 2020 season. Construction has already begun on the $1.8 billion Las Vegas stadium the Raiders will call home. Despite the inevitable move, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the NFL is barring the Raiders from selling any Vegas gear until the teams officially leaves Oakland.
The interesting thing about the NFL’s decision not to allow the Raiders to sell Vegas merchandise is that fans can already buy personal seat licenses for the Vegas Stadium. You can currently spend thousands on seats, but you can’t buy a t-shirt just yet.
The NFL is obviously concerned about alienating Raiders fans in Oakland. The Raiders organization has done as good of a job as can be expected, given the circumstances, of doing right by the Oakland fanbase.
Acquiring hometown hero Marshawn Lynch in 2017, bringing back head coach Jon Gruden, as well as other key offseason moves this year have Oakland fans excited about the team’s prospects for their last two seasons in the bay.