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Raiders relocation on agenda for NFL owners meetings, vote possible

Raiders relocation on agenda for NFL owners meetings, vote possible

Raiders relocation is on the agenda for next week’s NFL owners meetings, an NFL official told CSN California. The team’s application to move to Las Vegas was submitted in January, and the winter has been spent bolstering a $1.9 billion stadium proposal that includes $750 million in public funds and will be financed by Bank of America.

The league official said the discussion should start on Monday. If remaining issues are resolved, NFL owners could vote to approve relocation that day, or later in the March 26-29 meetings.

The Raiders need 24 of 32 votes to approve relocation to Las Vegas. It’s uncertain how a vote will go, though reports suggest the Raiders are in good shape to gain approval for a Las Vegas move.

There are a few outstanding issues, including the fact the Raiders haven’t formally completed a stadium lease with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, but none are considering major roadblocks to approval either next week or in time.

The NFL’s stadium and finance committees are expected to make a recommendation on the Raiders’ relocation application at the league meetings, which could help sway undecided votes.

The NFL wasn’t moved by a recent update from Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, who presented a plan a few weeks back that reportedly failed to excite the stadium and finance committees.

It is possible the league will discuss Raiders relocation without a vote. That could happen if issues remain outstanding, though a vote could occur at a league meeting in May or at any time by conference call when questions are answered.

If the Raiders are approved for relocation, they would start constructing a stadium expected to be completed in 2020. The team has team options to play at Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and have said they plan to exercise them if relocation in approved. It remains uncertain where they would play in 2019. That might be addressed next week.

If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin

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If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin

So Las Vegas’ army of legal books are in a moderate panic because they are so overexposed with Conor McGregor bets. Apparently, other than the Maloof brothers, they can’t scare up any Mayweather money at all.

Maybe this is the secret reason Mark Davis has declared publicly that the Raiders intend to colonize Los Angeles.

The latest evidence of the books’ distress is this Big Lead headline, which subtly hints, “Vegas Sportsbooks Are Exposed Like Never Before, Will Be Decimated if Conor McGregor Beats Floyd Mayweather.”

Well, if McGregor wins (and you’ll have to tell me about it because I’d rather watch feet sweat in the noonday sun than this), gambling in Vegas apparently will not exist any longer because the sporting apocalypse will finally be upon us. And if there is no gambling in Vegas, there is no Vegas, and all of a sudden the Raiders are moving to a town whose mayor is an iguana and whose chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds.

Hence, Davis’ answer to a question from Los Angeles Daily News writer Vincent Bonsignore about how L.A. has always been a Raiders’ town and that the team will get lots of its fans from the basin – fans who apparently cannot stomach either the Rams or the Chargers.

Ignoring Davis’ folly of answering that question that way at this time, when the NFL itself is wondering if, for its financial purposes, the mayor of L.A. is an iguana and the chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds, this news reminds us that the league has managed in less than two years to ruin the second-largest market in the United States by dithering, by backroom deals, by aversion of money spent by “the wrong kind of people” (see “brown”). That level of chaos is to be appreciated and enjoyed for what it is – nature’s way of telling rich people who’s boss.

Now, if nature doubles down and figures a way to make McGregor win and break Vegas, maybe the entire down isn’t destroyed but instead becomes a colony of Ireland, where the prime minister is not an iguana but a human, and the closest thing to tumbleweeds is a Guinness brewery.

Maybe if that happens, the Raiders end up playing in Dublin instead (a delightful little asterisk since there was a perfectly good Dublin not far from Oakland to begin with) – and they spend their entire time complaining that they have to share Croke Park and that there are too many markings on the field from all those damned hurling matches.

Of course this isn’t likely to happen, and Vegas keeps taking all the McGregor money you can throw at it. But one of these times, and sooner than we think, the apocalypse is not going to take no for an answer, and you will see Mark Davis with a pipe stuck bowl downward in his mouth standing next to a pot of gold.

Which of course will belong to the Bank Of America, because there are some things even the apocalypse can’t beat.

Following surgery, Raiders activate former second-round pick off PUP list

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Following surgery, Raiders activate former second-round pick off PUP list

Raiders defensive lineman Jihad Ward injured his foot during the team's offseason program and hasn't seen the field since. Last year's second-round pick had it surgically repaired, and missed training camp rehabiltating. 

He's finally ready to go. He passed a physical on Monday and was removed from the physically unable to perform list. The team had a walk-through on Monday. Ward should be active for Tuesday afternoon's practice, the first back at their Alameda practice facility. 

The Illinois product had 30 tackles in 13 starts last season, playing significant snaps with Mario Edwards Jr. out due to a hip injury. He'll have to compete for a spot in the rotation, even after working with the first unit during the offseason program. Rookie third-round pick Eddie Vanderdoes has played well in his absence and could be a three-down player inside. 

Ward was a raw, yet athletic talent capable of playing several techniques across the line. The teams sees great potential, though Ward must continue to develop as a player. 

In addition, the Raiders activated tight end Cooper Helfet off the non-football injury list.