LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Their bags are all but packed and their new home is being built, but the city of Oakland may not let the Raiders leave in peace.
The new stadium here in Las Vegas will not be ready until the 2020 season.
The Oakland City Council is threatening an antitrust lawsuit against the team and the NFL. If the lawsuit is filed, the team could pull out of Oakland early and a temporary site would have to be found.
Raiders President Marc Badain appeared in front of the Clark County Commission Wednesday morning. The topic: parking at the new stadium at Russell and I-15.
"There's about 2,500 tailgates going on at our existing stadium. I don't know if that number goes up or down here, but we want to be flexible and have space for it," said Badain.
When asked about a threatened lawsuit by the City of Oakland, Marc Badain had no comment on the matter. However, Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo is talking.
He's quoted in San Francisco media as saying a lawsuit over the Raiders move to Las Vegas is coming. Something he predicts will cost the team and the league up to $500 million.
"I don't think it has any merit," said sports reporter Hank Goldberg, who spent 25 years covering the NFL for ESPN
He says the Raiders are hardly the first team to switch cities.
"They were very careful about how they went about the business of moving. They went through league protocol," he said.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak says should the team decide to relocate early, a temporary field will be found.
"Sorry Oakland feels that way; we want to keep those fans and have them involved. But lawsuits are lawsuits and the court will adjudicate that," he said. "There would be costs associated with that. There's Sam Boyd, we talked about the Speedway. We'll come up with a place to put them. If they're coming early, just let us know."
Clark County Commissioners approved the proposed parking plan for the stadium. Developers for the stadium submitted four off-site locations for parking.
Those locations are the Orleans Hotel & Casino, a site near Arville and Tropicana, Las Vegas Boulevard and Arby and a site on Blue Diamond.
The plan will continue to be refined as the stadium project nears completion.