The Las Vegas Raiders?

AP Photo/John Locher

AP Photo/John Locher

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman just doubled down on the Oakland Raiders moving to the desert. (Although Goodman recently said that if the Raiders don't work out, the Chargers are a possibility. )

Goodman told ESPN Radio's "Capital Games" podcast on Tuesday that she expects the Raiders to move to her city unless the state botches the deal.

"The Raiders will come if Nevada handles this properly," Goodman said.

For years, there have been a few firmly held principles in NFL relocation discussions. One is the assumption that the NFL would never allow a team to go to America's Playground, where gambling — which the NFL historically has treated as verboten — is legal. Another is that NFL franchises routinely use one city's promises to drive up the bidding elsewhere.

Now both might be in some doubt. The newly moved Los Angeles Rams escaped St. Louis after a long fight, and Mark Davis' Raiders seemed to be left with little leverage in his desire to get funding for a new stadium in the Bay Area or move to a place that will help him do so.

 

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