Raiders owner Mark Davis told a stadium commission Thursday that not only does he want to move the team to Las Vegas, but he would put $500 million down on the proposed $1.4 billion proposed facility.
“We need a home. We need a stadium,” Davis said, according to The Associated Press. “That’s what Las Vegas is going to provide us and it’s going to be a great marriage.”
Davis is smart here for a few reasons:
First, all good marriages start in Vegas — everyone knows that.
Next, Davis needs to be putting money down on the new stadium, something Sheldon Adelson has been advocating for months. Davis is one of the least wealthy owners in sports, so naturally he should be pledging money to an oligarch like Adelson.
(Adelson owns the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and contributed $93 million to Republican Super PACs in the 2012 election. He doesn’t have a problem investing in losers.)
Finally, Davis summoned former soccer superstar David Beckham to sit next to him during the presentation, illustrating the bookends on the price range of men’s hairstyles. That’s called carefully cultivating the right optics of fiscal responsibility.
But Davis’ Vegas show wasn’t all bad news for wealthy Raiders fans. Sunday morning flights from Oakland to the desert cost about the same as an Uber to the Coliseum during surge pricing.
Who’s got next?
The Warriors could find out who they’ll face in the Western Conference semifinals tonight when the Clippers try to stave off elimination at the hands of the Trail Blazers.
When their series began, Dubs fans pined for Portland to pull the upset. Now that the Clip Show has been reduced to DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and a bag of stale Funyons, they aren’t so sure.
For the sake of entertainment, a series with Oakland native Damian Lillard returning home on his never-ending quest for revenge would be preferable for the viewer.
Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and has been suspended for 80 games, the MLB announced late Thursday.
If you feel the need to make a joke connecting Gordon’s suspension and San Francisco Giants great Barry Bonds joining the Marlins as their hitting coach, here’s a helpful tip: Don’t.