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Mark Davis: Oakland 'Was In Driver's Seat But Came Up With Nothing'

Oct 19, 2016 4:05 PM

Mark Davis hasn't ruled out keeping the Raiders in Oakland but publicly lamented their lack of action.

Las Vegas and the state of Nevada are pledging $750 million to build a new stadium, which is something taxpayers in the Bay Area have been unwilling to do across all sports. Both the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers financed their current stadiums with private money, as will the Golden State Warriors.

"Oakland was in the driver's seat if they could've put together anything," Davis said Wednesday. "They came up with nothing.

"Las Vegas has already done what it is supposed to do and we have to bring it up to the National Football League and get permission to move to Las Vegas."

Roger Goodell supported Davis' assertion there has been no movement toward keeping the franchise in the Bay Area, saying "we have been working to see if there are alternatives and we don't have one" in Oakland.

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NFL Appears To Have No Hesitation About Playing In Vegas

Oct 19, 2016 2:42 PM

The Oakland Raiders gave a presentation about their current stadium situation to the NFL's other owners on Wednesday.

Roger Goodell said they’re still collecting information about Nevada’s plan to build an NFL stadium and whether having the Raiders in Vegas would work for the league.

“There’s still a great deal of information that we need to gather with respect to the circumstances we see in Las Vegas, the opportunities and the challenges,” Goodell said.

Goodell did not express any hesitation about playing in Las Vegas at all.

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Nevada Governor Signs Bill For Raiders' Las Vegas Stadium

Oct 17, 2016 7:38 PM

Brian Sandoval, governor of Nevada, signed a bill on Monday that clears the way for the Raiders to build a stadium in Las Vegas.

Sandoval and Mark Davis joined hardhat-wearing construction workers and mask-wearing Raiders fans for the ceremony at UNLV.

"Las Vegas is ready for this. Nevada is ready for this," Sandoval said in an interview afterward. "The best brand on the planet is coming together with one of the best brands in professional sports. It is truly one of those situations where 1+1(equals)3."

Nevada lawmakers narrowly approved a deal in a special session last week that increases hotel taxes in the Las Vegas area to raise $750 million for a stadium and more than $400 million to expand and upgrade the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Sheldon Adelson is putting $650 million toward the project, while the Raiders and the NFL will kick in $500 million. C


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Raiders Would Remain In Oakland For 2017, 2018 With Vegas Move

Oct 15, 2016 8:07 PM

The Raiders plan to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018 even if their plan to relocate to Las Vegas is approved.

"We want to bring a Super Bowl championship back to the Bay Area," Mark Davis said.

Davis and the Raiders have the financing plan in place for a $1.9 billion stadium to be built in Las Vegas after the Nevada state legislature on Friday approved a tax plan to raise $750 million toward the project.

Davis then will travel to Houston for the NFL fall meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday to give the league an update on the Raiders' stadium progress, as will the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers.

The Raiders would need 24 of the 32 NFL owners to vote in favor of the move at the league meetings in January.

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Mark Davis Sounds Ready To Relocate Raiders To Las Vegas

Oct 14, 2016 4:50 PM

Mark Davis and the Oakland Raiders released a statement on the Las Vegas vote.

"I would like to thank Governor Sandoval, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and the members of the Nevada Legislature on this historic day," said Davis. "All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for the entire Raider Nation."

A plan to put $750 million in hotel tax dollars toward an NFL stadium in Las Vegas has cleared the Nevada Legislature and heads toward final review from Governor Sandoval.

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Latavius Murray Doubtful Against Chargers With Foot Injury

Oct 6, 2016 8:30 AM

Latavius Murray is doubtful for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers because of an injured right foot.

The Oakland Raiders running back was wearing a protective boot on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Murray carried the ball eight times for 19 yards and caught two passes for five yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.

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Ronnie Lott 'Optimistic' About Keeping Raiders In Oakland

Sep 28, 2016 9:07 AM

Ronnie Lott is "optimistic" about keeping the Raiders in Oakland as he continues to talk to government and team officials about a way to keep the club from moving.

Lott and Rodney Peete have been talking to Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf and Raiders owner Mark Davis about how they can keep the club where it is as pressure mounts from a Las Vegas bid.

"I have a lot of respect for Mark," Lott said. "We have a great relationship. I think the city and county will find a way to get this done, and Mark and the Raiders can continue to be an important part of this community."

Lott's investment group has a contract that gives them 90 days to work out a deal for the Coliseum, which expires at the end of November.

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Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer Was 'Trade Of The Century'

Sep 22, 2016 8:37 AM

Nearly four years after the Arizona Cardinals acquired Carson Palmer for a sixth-round pick and a swap of seventh-round selections, Bruce Arians praised Steve Keim's work.

"Oh God, that was the trade of century by Steve Keim," Arians said.

Palmer went 8-16 over 24 starts with the Oakland Raiders before the deal.

He is tied with Tom Brady for the highest winning percentage (.750) among starting quarterbacks during his time with the Cardinals. During that span, he ranks fifth in passing yards per game (280.4) and eighth in passer rating (95.1).

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Las Vegas Stadium Plan For Raiders Clears Big Hurdle

Sep 16, 2016 9:03 AM

A possible move to Las Vegas for the Oakland Raiders cleared a major hurdle on Thursday when a Nevada oversight committee voted unanimously to recommend $750 million in public funding for the project.

The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee recommended raising the hotel tax in the Las Vegas area to help pay for a 65,000-seat domed venue. Proponents still need to win over the governor, the Legislature and three-quarters of NFL owners to make the project a reality.

"We get an NFL team, and that is a significant step forward for Las Vegas and the community," committee chairman Steve Hill said about the project's potential. "Those teams bring the community together. We're going to have people wearing Raiders jerseys and high-fiving each other. ... That's not something you can put a number on."


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Jack Del Rio On Going For 2: 'Let's Win It Right Now'

Sep 12, 2016 7:28 AM

Jack Del Rio gambled on Sunday afternoon and it paid off as the Oakland Raiders beat the New Orleans Saints 35-34 on the road.

Derek Carr connected with Seth Roberts for a 10-yard touchdown with 47 seconds left. An extra point attempt could have tied the game at 34, but Del Rio opted to go for two. Carr found Michael Crabtree on a fade route to win the game.

"I was thinking that we're here to win; let's win it right now," Del Rio said.

ESPN Stats & Info tweeted that the Raiders had a 51% chance of winning if they kicked the PAT and a 44% chance if they went for two.

Del Rio replied to the tweet, saying "Good thing ESPN isn't coaching the Raiders."

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Two Las Vegas Sites Preferred For Possible NFL Stadium
Supporters of a proposed NFL stadium have whittled their list to two sites just west of the Las Vegas Strip and will refuse to accept any less than $750 million in public funding toward the project.

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Amari Cooper: Foot Injury 'Affected My Whole Game' Last Season
Amari Cooper dealt with a foot injury that nearly led the Raiders to shut him down.

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Derek Carr, Amari Cooper Rooming Together To Build Chemistry
Derek Carr and Amari Cooper are living together during training camp to build chemistry on and off the field.

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David Amerson, Raiders Agree Upon Four-Year, $38M Extension
David Amerson was named Pro Football Focus' Most Improved Player in 2015.

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Nevada Tourism Panel Discusses Nine Potential Sites For Raiders
The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee held a special meeting Monday to discuss nine potential sites for a 65,000-seat stadium that would be the home of the Raiders.

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Raiders Thrilled With Their Deepest Team In Years
When the Raiders cut their roster from 90 to 53, several of those players could end up with other teams.

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Raiders Giving Derek Carr Freedom To Tweak Plays
Derek Carr, 25, had a 61.1 competition percentage, 3,987 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season.

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Roger Goodell Calls Raiders To Vegas Reports 'Premature'
Mark Davis told reporters on Tuesday at the meetings that the move would "unite Raider Nation."

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Las Vegas Confident Of Landing Raiders
Mark Davis pledged $500 million toward the construction of a $1.4 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium.

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Raiders Trade Up To Select Connor Cook
Connor Cook will compete with Matt McGloin to be Derek Carr's backup.


Mark Davis Wants To Move Raiders To Las Vegas
Mark Davis wants to move the Raiders to Las Vegas and pledged $500 million toward the building of a proposed $1.4 billion domed stadium in the city.

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Raiders Close To First Season-Ticket Sellout
The Raiders have signed a one-year lease to remain at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum for the 2016 season, with options for 2017 and 2018.


Aldon Smith Re-Signs With Raiders
Aldon Smith is currently serving a yearlong suspension that was handed down in November.


Sean Smith Signs Four-Year, $40M Deal With Raiders
Sean Smith joins the Raiders after three seasons with the Chiefs in which he improved their secondary at cornerback.

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Raiders Agree To Contract With Bruce Irvin
Bruce Irvin has agreed to sign with the Raiders.

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Kelechi Osemele Agrees To Five-Year, $60M Deal With Raiders
Kelechi Osemele is considered one of the most physical and versatile offensive linemen in free agency at the age of 26.


Bears, 49ers, Giants, Rams, Raiders Amongst Teams With Most Space
The Bears, Jaguars, Rams, Giants, Raiders, 49ers and Buccaneers have the most cap flexibility in the NFL heading into the offseason.


Raiders Re-Sign Nate Allen Two Days After Release
Nate Allen signed a four-year, $23 million free-agent contract last spring.

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Raiders Sign 2016 Lease To Remain In Oakland
The Raiders attempted to move to Carson with the Chargers, but the NFL chose relocation for the Rams to Inglewood.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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