Hoax! Bogus flyer draws hundreds to Raiders' Vegas stadium meeting

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Hoax! Bogus flyer draws hundreds to Raiders' Vegas stadium meeting

LAS VEGAS -- Police were called after hundreds of job seekers on Thursday flooded a board meeting for the new Oakland Raiders stadium in Las Vegas and turned irate when they discovered they'd been had by a hoax.

A flyer promoting "pre-job recruitment sign-ups" attracted more than 700 people to a regularly scheduled meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board.

Tensions flared among some attendees after officials explained there were no jobs as of yet on the $1.9 billion project, which has many steps that must be completed before construction can begin.

Las Vegas police closed off access to the county building's parking lots after the size of the crowd ballooned.

Board chairman Steve Hill denounced the flyer after the meeting, saying, "If folks were brought to the meeting under a false pretense, I think that's too bad, that obviously shouldn't happen."

But he added that the attendance "exhibits a real desire on the part of a number of people in the community to go to work."

The fake flyer specifically targeted black men and women and advertised for union and non-union positions.

Raiders executives and members of the group that the team has assembled to carry out the project spoke at Thursday's meeting and said they are working on an agreement that will address minority hiring and reaffirmed that they will meet a state-mandated 15 percent contracting of small businesses.

"The Raiders take this obligation very seriously," Raiders Executive Vice President Dan Ventrelle said of the so-called community benefits plan, which will outline the hiring of a diverse workforce. "We embrace working within the outline of the legislation and meeting all of its requirements."

The board is expected to discuss the plan at its August meeting, as well as an agreement that would allow the football team of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to use the 65,000-seat stadium that will be built near the Las Vegas Strip. The board must approve those two and other documents before any ground breaking. The team wants to play in Sin City starting in 2020.

Guests of hotels and other lodging facilities in the Las Vegas area are contributing $750 million through a room tax increase. On Thursday, the board learned the tax increase yielded more than $13.1 million from March through May. That's 16 percent ahead of projections.

The team and the NFL are expected to contribute $500 million to the project. In addition, the team has secured a $650 million loan from Bank of America to cover the rest of the project's cost.

Report: Raiders levied heavy relocation fee, far less than Rams and Chargers

Report: Raiders levied heavy relocation fee, far less than Rams and Chargers

The Raiders are leaving for Las Vegas in the near future. The road out of Oakland includes a toll. The NFL charged the Silver and Black a $385 million relocation fee to move away from the East Bay, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported on Wednesday.

That sum must be paid over a 10-year period starting when the Raiders formally move, which isn’t expected until 2019 at the earliest. The team’s new Las Vegas stadium should be ready for the 2020 season. The Raiders hope to remain in the Bay Area for three seasons until their new venue is complete, but they don’t have a stadium lease beyond the 2018 campaign.

The Raiders relocation fee will be divided among the NFL’s 31 other teams.

The Rams and Chargers will ease the Raiders’ burden. ESPN reports those teams will each pay a $645 million fee to move to the Los Angeles market. Those payments will begin in 2019 and go to every team save the Rams and Chargers.

Relocation fees are weighted based on the value of a team’s new market.

Here is what specifically fed Marshawn's desire to play for the Raiders

Here is what specifically fed Marshawn's desire to play for the Raiders

ALAMEDA – March 27 was a dark day in the East Bay. The Raiders were formally approved to leave Oakland for Las Vegas by a vote of NFL owners, marking the second time the Silver and Black chose to abandon their native home.

Marshawn Lynch has an unbreakable attachment to it. Oakland’s most popular resident and loudest champion was disappointed his neighbors were losing a point of civic pride in the near future.

The Raiders will move into a new Las Vegas stadium in 2020. Lynch wants no part of that.

He wanted to be an Oakland Raider before that opportunity moved away, and inspire young kids in their own backyard. That, more than anything else, brought Lynch out of retirement and into silver and black.

He talked about that decision after Tuesday’s OTA session during a meeting with local media, and quickly pinpointed the moment he chose to come back.

“When I found out they were leaving. It’s always been something, being from Oakland, that you want to play at home,” Lynch said. “I had that opportunity. Maybe them staying wouldn’t have been so big for me to want to come back and play, but knowing that they were leaving…”

Playing at home a unique opportunity to personalize his overarching message, that good things come from hard work and perseverance in adverse circumstances.

“A lot of the kids probably won’t have an opportunity to see most of their idols growing up and being in their hometown (after the Raiders leave),” Lynch said. “With me being from here and continuing to be here, it gives them an opportunity to see somebody who actually did it from where they’re from and for the team they probably idolize.”

Oakland was electric after he agreed to a new contract and the Raiders acquired him from Seattle. Billboards went up, fans went nuts and a community raved over the chance to see its favorite player suit up for the local team.

“To be honest, it was heartfelt, but, at the end of the day, I still walk outside so, beside the billboards and all that, I get out with the people,” Lynch said. “The billboards are for the commercials, but when you get outside and walk in the cracks, you get to find out what’s real.”

Lynch connects with Oakland like only a select few do, and he expects to feel that on game day. It drives him to play hard and play well far more than joining an AFC championship contender featuring Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack.

“I got the town -- you feel me, though? – behind me,” Lynch said. "That’s good what they’ve got going on… but I have a whole new Oakland behind me, though. I mean, you know, the way we feel just about where we’re from and why we represent where we’re from so hard is because we know what the struggle is and how we get down. Every home game that I get to come to this m----- f-----, I’m probably going to be ridin’ with the whole town. When you’re going into something like that, it ain’t like, ‘I’m coming to y’all’s city and I’m riding with y’all.

This is actually (where I was) born and bred and pissing in them hallways and running down alleyways. I really did that right here. Now I get an opportunity to play here. All that s--- you said (about the Raiders’ rising stars) is great and that’s good, but it’s more for Oakland though.”