NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has rejected a last-ditch attempt by Oakland to prevent the Raiders American football franchise from moving to Las Vegas.
The city submitted a bid on Friday for a $1.3bn (€1.2bn) mixed-use stadium project, but with owners expected to vote on the Raiders’ relocation to Vegas later today (Monday), Goodell (pictured) was not swayed by the city’s late effort to find a solution.
In a letter to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Goodell said that the plan was not “actionable in a reasonable time frame.”
According to the East Bay Times newspaper, Goodell added: “We have been prepared for nearly two years to work on finding a solution based on access to land at a certain cost, without constraints on the location of the stadium or timing of construction, and clarity on the overall development.
"However, at this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress or other parties. In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to (Major League Baseball franchise) the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown.
“Despite all of these efforts, ours and yours, we have not yet identified a viable solution. It is disappointing to me and our clubs to have come to that conclusion.”
Oakland’s proposal for a new stadium to be built on land adjacent to the Coliseum was revised to include a $600m loan from Fortress Investment Group. The Raiders and NFL would provide $500m, while the city would provide $200m. According to ESPN, the NFL had previously objected to Fortress controlling seat licensing, sponsorships and suites, although the latest proposal limited the company’s involvement.