Oakland hopes to keep Raiders

May 25, 2016 9:35 AM

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is suddenly being romanced by a group of investors who hope to get a new stadium built and keep the NFL team in California.

The next question: 

How will the Las Vegans who are leading the effort to build a domed stadium in Southern Nevada going to respond to this pressure? Casino owners Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn and other prominent Las Vegans have recently been talking like the move to Las Vegas is a done deal.

That’s obviously not the case. There are a lot of moving pieces to consider even as Davis talks like a man who would love to see his team headquartered in Las Vegas in the 65,000-seat domed stadium that has been proposed for a site east of the Strip near the UNLV campus.

The Las Vegas plan involves a $1.4 billion package of private and public money. It may be several months before the details of a Las Vegas financing plan come together.

But a group led by former Oakland Raiders players Ronnie Lott and Rodney Peete have met with team and local officials about doing whatever it takes to keep the team there.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected]