Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move team to Las Vegas

Griz Jones, Ray Perez
Oakland Raiders fans Griz Jones, left, and Ray Perez make their case for keeping the NFL football team in Oakland outside the hotel where NFL owners are meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Houston to discuss possible relocation to Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

LAS VEGAS (KRON) – Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move the team to Las Vegas.

Team officials are in Las Vegas Thursday morning to discuss the particulars of a move to Nevada.

Davis, sitting next to soccer superstar David Beckham, is meeting with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee to discuss a $1.3 billion stadium project. The project includes casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and real estate agency Majestic Realty.

“It’ll be a lifetime commitment,” Davis told the committee when he was asked about his long-term plans in the city.

“When my father passed away, to continue his legacy with this football team, the number one thing is to find a stadium, find a home,” Davis said, “and that’s what I’m looking to do.”

Davis, who had been mulling multiple options to move his team since being passed over by the NFL’s other owners to relocate the Raiders to Los Angeles, has toured UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium as a potential temporary home. The Raiders have a one-year lease for the 2016 season at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

Beckham, reflecting on his involvement in bringing professional soccer to Miami, spoke to the committee about the impact a professional sports team would have on the quality of life for Las Vegas. Beckham, a resident of Las Vegas, hopes to bring a Major League Soccer team to the city which will play at the proposed state-of-the-art stadium.

A move to Los Angeles is still an option for the Raiders, if the San Diego Chargers elect to remain in San Diego instead of joining the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, California. The Chargers are lobbying for a new stadium in Los Angeles and have been given a year to work out a deal with the city.

Stay with KRON4 News for more on this developing story.

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