The NFL Draft is heading to Las Vegas in 2020, a move that coincides with the Raiders’ first season in the city.
“The draft will be the kick-off to our inaugural season as the Las Vegas Raiders,” team owner Mark Davis said. “Bringing the Raiders to Las Vegas was more than just 10 football games a year. When you bring the National Football League somewhere, they get a lot of ancillary benefits. The draft is one of them. We’re totally excited.”
The Raiders’ stadium will not be finished until after the draft in late April or early May but the NFL plans to hold some type of event at or around the arena property.
The move indicates that the NFL is looking to further embrace the sports betting industry and, according to multiple reports, the issue – including securing a partnership with a casino – was discussed at the owners’ meeting in Las Vegas this week.