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Las Vegas relocation decision expected in 6-9 months

Mark Davis Meets With Nevada Tourism Officials About Moving Raiders To Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 28: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis attends a Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee meeting at UNLV on April 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Davis told the committee he is willing to spend USD 500 million as part of a deal to move the team to Las Vegas if a proposed USD 1.3 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium is built by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. and real estate agency Majestic Realty, possibly on a vacant 42-acre lot a few blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip recently purchased by UNLV. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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NFL owners will meet this week in Houston. When they do, they won’t be voting on a possible move of the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas.

The issue will land on the agenda sooner than later, however. As one source with knowledge of the inner workings of the process told PFT on Sunday, a decision is expected within the next six to nine months.

Time will be of the essence because the folks in Las Vegas will have to break ground and start building the stadium into which the Raiders will move.

Resistance to the move is expected, due to the prevalence of gambling in Las Vegas and the relative size of the market. For now, the prediction is that the move has a 75-percent chance of happening.

Not many owners have spoken out against the move. They surely will be asked about it by the reporters who will be covering the meetings this week. Some may be looking to simply drive up the relocation fee that the Raiders will pay for the privilege of abandoning Oakland and landing in Las Vegas.