Sheldon Adelson Withdraws From Oakland Raiders Las Vegas Deal, Dumps On Mark Davis
Sheldon Adelson withdrew from a partnership with the Oakland Raiders in bringing the NFL team to Las Vegas. Mr. Adelson issued this statement:
“The Oakland Raiders came before the Las Vegas Stadium Authority last week with a proposed lease agreement that has sent shockwaves through our community.
It was certainly shocking to the Adelson family. We were not only excluded from the proposed agreement; we weren’t even aware of its existence.
In addition to being discouraged by the surprise submission, I was deeply disappointed for the disregard the Raiders showed our community partners, particularly UNLV, through the proposed agreement.
It’s clear the Raiders have decided their path for moving to Las Vegas does not include the Adelson family. So, regrettably, we will no longer be involved in any facet of the stadium discussion.
While this is not the result my family was hoping for, I am very appreciative of the countless people who have given considerable time and energy to this process, especially so many of our elected officials who have made this a top priority for Southern Nevada.”
As this blogger said, Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis committed political suicide in releasing a lease agreement that had a $1 rent, and also treated the beloved UNLV as if it were an unwanted appendage. Sheldon Adelson reacted as a person who loves Las Vegas. The Raiders arrogance has caught up to them – once again.
Adelson, who spent over $1 million on gaining political support for this effort, was the business person responsible for Mark Davis being in Las Vegas, aside from UNLV President Len Jessup. Addison’s worshipped in Las Vegas – they will not move a muscle for Davis.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said the words that indicate the deal’s for all practical purposes dead: “I am sorry to hear about this development. We would not be as close as we are to having an NFL franchise in Las Vegas without the initiative and leadership of Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson and their team. I sincerely appreciate the time and effort they all have contributed to this project, and I remain hopeful that we will see our NFL dream come true.”
Some time, just not now.
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