Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman Comments on Raiders’ Potential Relocation

The Raiders' future in Oakland has become increasingly cloudy over the past few months, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman fueled speculation that the franchise could relocate during an interview Tuesday.

Speaking to Andy Katz on ESPN Radio's Capital Games podcast, Goodman expressed optimism that the storied squad could move to Sin City, saying, "The Raiders will come if Nevada handles this properly."

"Mark Davis has assured us that Las Vegas is not getting played in a Raiders stadium deal," Goodman added, per Katz. "I know we will have a team."

Goodman's comments come on the heels of a major monetary move by Davis, the Raiders owner.

On April 28, Davis pledged $500 million toward a stadium in Las Vegas, according to the Bay Area News Group's Jimmy Durkin, while the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and Majestic Realty pledged another $150 million in funding, per Katz.

Katz noted that taxpayers will need to front another $750 million for the stadium if the Raiders are to move forward with the relocation. As things stand, the Nevada Legislature isn't slated to convene for a special session regarding the allocation of "room-tax funds" until 2017, per Katz.

"We are getting calls from outside the region offering to help with funding for a stadium in Las Vegas," Goodman said.

In February, the Raiders signed a one-year lease with two one-year team options to remain at the Oakland Coliseum, and Davis said that the agreement was a good stopgap solution for both parties.

"It gives us an opportunity to work on a permanent facility for the Raiders here in Oakland," Davis said, according to the Associated Press (via "It gives us some certainty for this season as well as flexibility for the following two seasons."

There's also a possibility the Raiders could move to the Los Angeles area if they can't resolve their stadium situation in Oakland. Though NFL...

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