As many of you know, Las Vegas is trying to find a way to bring the Raiders to Las Vegas. Although they continue to make steps forward, there are still some big questions that need answered.
According to a Las Vegas Sun article from last week, here are 5 big questions that will be tackled in the near future and determine the fate of the Oakland (or Las Vegas) Raiders.
1. Where would the stadium be built?
Location is the most fundamental and pressing issue facing stadium backers, because the infrastructure committee needs a better sense of where the stadium might be located before it can finish discussing the funding for the project. When Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Majestic Realty Co. initially came forward with the stadium plans, public conversations focused on one site owned by UNLV on Tropicana Avenue near Koval Lane. As concerns about the feasibility of that site arose, however, multiple other possibilities were introduced. Nine potential sites were discussed at the infrastructure committee’s last meeting two weeks ago.
2. How would it be funded?
This question has already received a lot of scrutiny because Sands and Majestic have asked for as much as $750 million in public funding, likely via county room taxes. Even though those taxes are paid largely by tourists, the huge dollar amount has been enough to trigger debate.
3. What would the proposed tax district look like?
Room taxes are not the only financial issue that must be resolved for the project. Another lingering uncertainty is the specific nature of a proposed tax increment district, a mechanism through which the stadium's operators would receive certain tax revenue generated on — or potentially near — the premises.
4. When would the governor call a special session?
If the infrastructure committee approves a legislative recommendation for the stadium project, the next step would be for Gov. Brian Sandoval to call a special session of the state Legislature. Sandoval created the infrastructure committee last year via an executive order that requires the group to submit its recommendations to him. If it reaches agreement about the stadium project, the committee is likely to approve a legislative recommendation that would establish how to fund and oversee the facility. State lawmakers would consider that recommendation for approval.
5. Would the NFL allow the Raiders to relocate?
Should the project get through the infrastructure committee and the state Legislature, 24 of 32 NFL team owners would need to approve the Raiders’ relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas. In previous years, that possibility would have seemed unlikely due to the league’s historical opposition to gambling. But multiple NFL owners have signaled that they're open to the idea of a team in Las Vegas.