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 Post subject: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:54 pm 
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According to Rappaport it's a done deal inside the organization. Now up to the League:

"Raiders to file relocation papers to move from Oakland to Vegas"

Oakland is another city that refused the extortion of a petulant owner. (They've seen that before. And by the same team.)

Evidently Sheldon Adelson was the Raider's Sugar Daddy. Wonder what he promised. He evidently owns the town now: he has both the paper and he's cock-of-the-walk now that his boy is about to be president. And he just settled a lawsuit against a Wall Street Journal for calling him "foul-mouthed." (That's libelous? I thought it was no a point of honor.)


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 Post subject: Re: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:08 pm 
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Las Vegas Gamblers?


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 Post subject: Re: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:52 pm 
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I've always debated if Vegas really wanted a team. It will either be a big success, or big failure, because of all the transplants there (you have tens of thousands, presumably, fans of every visiting team).

Used to be, they didn't want that money going to a sports team, and gamblers' butts walking out of the casino for 4+ hours. But Vegas has always made most of its money off hotel rooms, and these days well over half of visitors don't plunk down a single bet.

A game in Vegas will be a huge draw for fans of the visitors. I bet a Steelers game there would be sold out days after the schedule is announced.

Will be interesting to see how young, dumb and ridiculously wealthy players handle all the distractions in Vegas (though it's really no different than any other major city, aside from gambling but even then...)

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 Post subject: Re: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:56 pm 
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Doesn't Las Vegas have a rule that there is no sports book on any hometown team. I seem to remember you couldn't get a bet in Los Vegas when UNLV was real good. If my memory is correct, odes that mean no sports book on Raiders games?


Anyway to follow up on steelclan's suggestion: How about Las Vegas Sharks? A pun on Tarkanian (the biggest sports figure Las Vegas ever had) and card sharks.


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 Post subject: Re: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:18 pm 
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If they let them move I think they should leave the Raider name.

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 Post subject: Re: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:00 pm 
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Another thought: The Las Vegas Mob.

A tribute to the criminal history of both the city and the football organization.


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 Post subject: Re: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:05 pm 
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The name is interesting. Raider gear is very valuable merchandising, but don't know if that changes with the Las Vegas Raiders.

I could see Las Vegas Gamblers being hugely popular merchandise.

The short-lived XFL franchise was the Outlaws, which would be a cool name, but neither Gamblers nor Outlaws is likely to pass family-friend league approval.

Sharks isn't bad ...But then something like this HAS to be the mascot:
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A tip of the cap to loan sharks, card sharks, gambling AND the mafia!

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 Post subject: Re: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:11 pm 
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They'll stay with Raiders Secondary name:Blackjacks

Richard the Fixer should be the new mascot:

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 Post subject: Re: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
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If only they could go with Strippers....

Regardless of what name they choose - just imagine the Cheerleaders!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Raiders to Roll the Dice: Move to Las Vegas
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:15 pm 
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Raiders should remain in Oakland where they belong.

The Chargers should have went to Vegas instead of adding a second team for uninterested Southern California fans to decide between.


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