Ever since the Rams decided to return to Los Angeles earlier this month, the relocation conversation has shifted to the Oakland Raiders. They appear to be the odd man out in Los Angeles, as the San Diego Chargers are rumored to be leaning toward relocating to LA, as well.
So where will the Raiders be playing next season? They don’t have a lease for the Oakland Coliseum, and just a few weeks ago, San Antonio seemed to be a viable destination.
But the latest information in the ongoing saga is that Raiders owner Mark Davis is set to meet with Las Vegas Sands chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson today to discuss stadium options, said company officials Thursday.
“In typical Raider fashion, I can neither confirm nor deny,” said Davis with a laugh, when confronted about the rumors.
The meeting between Davis and Adelson is expected to discuss a 42-acre property on the campus of UNLV, indicating the state-of-the-art stadium might play host to both the Raiders and the Rebels, according to a leaked memo from UNLV president Lee Jessup on Thursday.
The NFL is not expected to endorse a move to Las Vegas, due to its anti-gambling stance. But Oakland fans are still in limbo, with several cities interested in the team. If the Chargers do in fact make the move to LA, the Raiders might even jump at the opportunity to fill their void and move to San Diego.
All of these rumors are just speculation at this point. Analysts assume the Raiders will remain in Oakland at least for the 2016 season, as their decision hinges on the Chargers decision. But after that, it’s anyone’s guess.