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NFL: Mexico City Game Generated $45 Million

Feb 23, 2017 7:38 AM

Last year's game between the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders played in Mexico City generated $45 million, according to a study commissioned by the NFL.

The 27-20 victory by the Raiders was attended by 76,473 at Estadio Azteca. It was the first NFL game to be played in Mexico since the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals played in the same stadium in 2005.

The Raiders will return to Mexico City next season and host the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

Jack Del Rio Agrees To Four-Year Extension With Raiders

Feb 10, 2017 8:44 PM

Jack Del Rio and the Oakland Raiders have agreed upon a new four-year contract, replacing the original one he signed in January 2015.

Mark Davis made the announcement Friday evening by saying the initial deal had been "torn up." 

"We are excited to continue building on the strong foundation that has been established and this is a significant step in achieving that goal," Davis said.

Oakland returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 during the 2016 season.

Del Rio was their ninth head coach since the start of the 2003 season.


Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

Raiders President: Vegas Financing Isn't An Issue

Feb 10, 2017 8:00 AM

Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain told the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board on Thursday that "financing will not be an issue" as he reaffirmed the team's desire to move to southern Nevada.

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson withdrew his $650 million pledge last week.

The Raiders also lost the financing of Goldman Sachs, a longtime business partner of Adelson, Badain said "multiple financial institutions" had shown interest in the plan to build a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium that the Raiders would share with UNLV.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal, Misc Rumor

Khalil Mack Wins AP Defensive Player Of The Year By One Vote

Feb 4, 2017 7:55 PM

Khalil Mack has been named the 2016 Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Von Miller by one vote.

Mack drew 18 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Miller was next at 17 in balloting announced Saturday night.

Mack had 11 sacks, took part in 73 tackles, forced five fumbles and recovered three, and even had an interception for a touchdown. 

Barry Wilner/AP

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Personal Award

Goldman Sachs Considering Exit From Raiders' Vegas Deal

Jan 31, 2017 11:24 AM

Goldman Sachs is re-evaluating its relationship with the Oakland Raiders' planned deal in Las Vegas following the withdraw of Sheldon Adelson from the project.

Adelson had previously committed $650 million to get the $1.9 billion project completed but announced the removal of his stake in a statement Monday.

Adelson has a longstanding business relationship with Goldman Sachs.

A source told ESPN's Darren Rovell that the Raiders' relocation application to the NFL filed on Jan. 19 also did not include Adelson.

Goldman Sachs had been in line to help underwrite Raiders owner Mark Davis' financial commitment, but with the financial giant now re-evaluating its position and Adelson's withdrawal, the entire deal could be in danger.

With the Raiders franchise being the largest financial chip in Davis' portfolio, the inclusion of Goldman Sachs would be relied upon to carry out a deal. 

Any relocation to Las Vegas must be approved by 24 of the 32 NFL team owners. A vote is expected during league meetings in March in Phoenix.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal

Adelson Family Withdraws From Raiders' Stadium In Vegas

Jan 30, 2017 9:02 PM

The family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson have withdrawn as investors in a proposed $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed football stadium intended to bring the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Southern Nevada.

In a statement issued late Monday, Adelson said his family “will no longer be involved in any facet of the stadium discussion.”

Adelson said he was surprised by the Raiders’ submission of a proposed lease agreement to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority on Thursday, noting that it has “sent shock waves through our community.”

“It was certainly shocking to the Adelson family,” the statement said. “We were not only excluded from the proposed agreement, we weren’t even aware of its existence.”

The Raiders have widely been expected to announce plans to relocate to Las Vegas during this offseason, though they would remain in Oakland until the stadium is built.

“It’s clear the Raiders have decided their path for moving to Las Vegas does not include the Adelson family,” Adelson’s statement said. “So, regrettably, we will no longer be involved in any facet of the stadium discussion.”

Adelson said “while this is not the result my family was hoping for, I am very appreciative of the countless people who have given considerable time and energy to this process, especially so many of our elected officials who have made this a top priority for Southern Nevada.”

Richard N. Velotta/ Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Raiders File Paperwork For Move To Las Vegas

Jan 20, 2017 8:07 AM

The Oakland Raiders have officially filed their paperwork to relocate to Las Vegas.

The team's relocation to Las Vegas must be approved by three-fourths of the NFL's team owners. The vote for relocation is expected to take place on March 26-29 at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

"The application will be reviewed in the coming weeks by league staff and the stadium and financing committees," the NFL said in a statement.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

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Raiders Officially File Paperwork To Relocate To Las Vegas

Jan 19, 2017 12:41 PM

The Oakland Raiders have officially filed their paperwork to relocate to Las Vegas.

The NFL's owners will vote on the matter in March.

The Raiders are expected to remain in Oakland while their new stadium in Las Vegas is built with its current estimate for readiness for the 2020 season.

There are still questions, however, on how the $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas will be funded. The original plan contained $650 million in contributions from the Adelson family, $500 million from the Raiders and $750 million in Clark County hotel room tax revenue.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Raiders Plan On Filing Relocation Papers To Las Vegas

Jan 14, 2017 9:08 PM

The Oakland Raiders plan on filing relocation papers to move to Las Vegas.

The move will be made official in the coming days, but the Raiders will need 24 votes from the NFL's owners to formally make the move.

The city of Oakland has made no progress to keep the team.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said "if the (Raiders) decide that they can't make it work in Oakland and they decide that they want to file for relocation, then their window is from when they get eliminated from the playoffs to Feb. 15."

No sources would estimate a vote count, but it's headed in the right direction to receive approval.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Bo Jackson Planned On Retiring From NFL Before Injury In Playoffs

Jan 12, 2017 6:32 PM

Bo Jackson revealed he had planned on retiring from the NFL after the 1990 season. Jackson still had a contract with the Los Angeles Raiders, but he planned to walk away to solely play baseball.

Jackson instead fractured and dislocated his left hip in the third quarter of the Raiders' playoff game in January of 1991.

Jackson thought it was simply a hip pointer, allowing him to return the next week to play against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game.

Jackson, who suffered from hip necrosis that required surgery for an artificial hip, never put on a football uniform again.

“That week, three or four days before the playoff game,’’ Jackson says, “I sat down with Linda (his wife and mother of their three children) and told her that I was going to announce my retirement. When the season was over, we had made my mind up that I was going to do that. That was the plan.

“Well, the man upstairs changed that plan.

“I’m not a very religious guy, but I believe in God, and I believe God works things out for a reason. If I had retired before my contract was over, I would have probably been hated by Raiders fans forever.’’

Jackson says he would have never played football knowing what he knows now.

“If I knew back then what I know now,’’ Jackson tells USA TODAY Sports, “I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody.

“The game has gotten so violent, so rough. We’re so much more educated on this CTE stuff (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), there’s no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today.

“Even though I love the sport, I’d smack them in the mouth if they said they wanted to play football.

“I’d tell them, 'Play baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, just anything but football.’ ’’

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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Raiders Replace Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave With Todd Downing
Todd Downing received interest from at least two head coaching candidates for their offensive coordinator vacancies.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Raiders Expected To Start Connor Cook Against Texans
The Raiders are expected to start rookie Connor Cook against the Texans in the playoffs this weekend.

Conor Orr/NFL

No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

RealGM Staff Report

Raiders Noncommittal On Starting QB Against Texans
The Raiders will start Matt McGloin or Connor Cook against the Texans.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

NFL To Revisit Aldon Smith Reinstatement In Offseason
Aldon Smith applied for reinstatement on Oct. 3.


Lane Kiffin Wanted Raiders To Draft Calvin Johnson Back In 2007
When the Raiders took JaMarcus Russell first overall in 2007, Lane Kiffin was the head coach and pushed for the team to draft Calvin Johnson instead.

Sports Illustrated

Derek Carr Undergoes Surgery, Could Return For Super Bowl
Derek Carr underwent successful surgery on Tuesday and while there's no official timeline for his return, he could conceivably be football ready in six to eight weeks.


Derek Carr Suffers Broken Right Fibula
Derek Carr will undergo surgery on Sunday and the Raiders will start Matt McGloin at quarterback.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

RealGM Staff Report

Derek Carr's Inability To Go Under Center 'An Issue' For Raiders
Derek Carr has taken snaps exclusively in the pistol or shotgun since dislocating his pinky finger three weeks ago.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Mark Davis, Sheldon Adelson Struggling To Reach Final Vegas Deal
Sheldon Adelson has a reputation for driving hard bargains and he is expected to push for partial ownership of the Raiders and a path to control the franchise.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Raiders Have Dropped League-High 34 Passes
The drops have cost Oakland and Derek Carr 286 yards.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Marquette King Thinks He's 'Swaggiest Person In World' Before Punts
Marquette King played receiver in college and began kicking almost as a lark.

Jonathan Abrams/Bleacher Report

Jack Del Rio's Success Could Lead To More Retread Head Coaches
The NFL is always a trend driving league and owners will emulate what is working elsewhere.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Derek Carr Doesn't Expect Finger Injury To Cause Any Lingering Effects
A mistimed snap between Derek Carr and center Rodney Hudson on the second play of the second half appeared to cause the injury.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

City Of Oakland Announces Framework For Stadium Agreement
The city of Oakland has reached a framework agreement with the Ronnie Lott group for a new stadium to keep the Raiders from relocating.


Brock Osweiler Was 'Definitely' Distracted By Green Laser From Stands
Brock Osweiler said a green laser that was shined onto the field and into his eyes on Monday night in Mexico City was "very distracting."

Sarah Barshop/ESPN

Roger Goodell: 'Ideal Scenario' Keeps Chargers, Raiders In Place
Having both the Raiders and Chargers remain in their current cities is the "ideal scenario" for the NFL, according to Roger Goodell.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

League Office Wants To Prevent Relocation Of Raiders, Chargers
Mark Davis would likely need a partner to build a new stadium in the Bay Area.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

NFL Now Has 10 Teams In Marijuana-Legal States
With Tuesday's elections, 10 NFL teams play in a state where marijuana has been legalized medically or recreationally.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk