Wynn involved in Raiders Las Vegas talks
Casino tycoon Steve Wynn said he is actively involved in the campaign to bring the Raiders National Football League (NFL) franchise to Las Vegas.
Last month it was announced that from next year a National Hockey League (NHL) team will become the first major league to play in the Nevada gambling resort.
For many years the major sports leagues, including the NFL and NHL, were opposed to their teams playing in a city in which sports betting is legal due to fears over integrity. However, with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis having been in discussions with Las Vegas about a relocation from California, the NFL has signalled that it would gladly put a team there if the stadium deal is right.
Nine sites are now under consideration, including the golf course land behind Wynn’s Wynn Las Vegas Resort.
Wynn told the TMZ news website that he is actively working to help with the effort of attracting the Raiders.
He said: “I’m really, really working hard to make sure that can happen. I’m really a big booster. I think having the Raiders in Las Vegas is the perfect thing to complement the city and to give everyone another excuse to come to Las Vegas.
“I've spoken to Mr. Davis. He's come to visit me and I let him know how I feel about it and I'm one of the people working hard to get it on.”
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