When it comes to NFL power brokers, there are few who grasp and influence the inner workings of the league quite like Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.
On his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones made it clear that the Raiders have a viable shot at pushing through their proposed move to Las Vegas.
“Really if you look at the history of teams moving, this is pretty definitive. There’s a pretty bright line right there. They’ve provided for a team, the most funding that’s ever been funded from third parties to give a team an opportunity.”
“So that’s about as strong, L.A. never really had that powerful of influence, I’ll put it that way. Which is over $700 million of initial contribution from the state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas. That’s pretty strong. Vegas has a lot going for it. I think it’s going to really have, a real, if you will, strong case to get an NFL football team. I know that Oakland, certainly, was approved to move earlier this year.”
For all the momentum that Jones mentions, owner Mark Davis had hit a couple of speedbumps recently in his efforts to relocate the Raiders to southern Nevada.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said it is his preference to keep the the team in Oakland and then there is the complication of dealing with Sheldon Adelson.
The casino baron, who has pledged to bankroll up to $650 million for the proposed stadium, gave Davis a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ ultimatum last week.
Despite those challenges, Jones emphasized that the signs are still pointing to Vegas.
“That’s a confluence of things coming together,” Jones said. “I call that the crosshair theory. When things get in the crosshair, you better recognize it most of the time.”