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Mark Davis releases statement as league alters draft plans because of coronavirus

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders will no longer be able to showcase their new home in April.

The NFL announced Monday that it will no longer hold the April 23-25 draft in Las Vegas because of the coronavirus crisis. The draft will go on, but not in a public manner.

The league said Las Vegas will host the event in the future. As the host team, Raiders’ owner Mark Davis released this statement on Monday:

After careful consideration, the Las Vegas Raiders, the NFL, the NFLPA and the LVCVA have decided to cancel the 2020 Las Vegas NFL Draft celebration. Health and safety has always been our top priority, so despite it being a major disappointment, this was the right decision. I would like to thank Governor Sisolak and the LVCVA for all of the passion they put into creating an event that would have been second to none.

Although Las Vegas lost this chance to shine, there will be many more opportunities to show the world just what Las Vegas is made of. Whether it be the Draft, the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl, the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World is ready!

According to a press statement from the league, the NFL is exploring innovative options for how the process will be conducted and will provide that information as it becomes available. The selection also process will be televised.

”This decision reflects our foremost priority – the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl.”