Every spring, the NFL’s owners meet to discuss the future of their league — think of it as a billionaire boys’ club, only with less talk about golf and more about whether or not jumping over the line of scrimmage to block a field goal is inherently dangerous. On Monday, the group gathered in Phoenix to kick off its annual assembly to set NFL policy for 2017 and beyond.
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Kyrie Irving Limited Jersey The main topic of discussion on day one was whether or not the Raiders would leave the not-so-friendly, occasionally sewage-filled confines of Oakland for a new home in Las Vegas. Owner Mark Davis presented his proposal to push one of the league’s most storied franchises from its California home in order to become the second major sport — behind the NHL — in Sin City.
With the financing for a new venue secure, NFL owners approved the league’s third relocation in the past two years. The Raiders will join the Rams (St. Louis to Los Angeles) and the Chargers (San Diego to Los Angeles) as the latest clubs to desert local fans in search of greener pastures and more lucrative stadium deals. While Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf worked hard to block the move — she even had pro-Bay Area letters hand-distributed to owners Monday morning — it was all for naught.