Gov. Brian Sandoval believes Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is serious about possibilities for moving the team to Las Vegas, and the governor’s all for it.
Sandoval recently met with Davis, and he told the Las Vegas Sun in an interview on Wednesday that the encounter left a good impression on him. Although the governor wouldn’t discuss details of his private conversation with Davis, he said the meeting was arranged in order to get a sense of “how earnest (Davis) is about coming” to Las Vegas, and that he was “incredibly impressed” by their conversation.
Davis has faced speculation that he’s not sincere about the possible move to Las Vegas, but rather is trying to use the city as leverage to entice officials in California to approve public funding for a new stadium there.
His conversations in Las Vegas have centered on a proposal by Las Vegas Sands Corp., which owns the Venetian and Palazzo resorts on the Strip, and Majestic Realty Co. to build a $1.3 billion stadium on a 42-acre parcel of land along Tropicana Avenue near Koval Lane. UNLV bought the land earlier this year.
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: .