Raiders to Vegas could gain more momentum soon

The Nevada State Assembly passed a bill Friday to approve public financing of a new stadium for the Raiders.

HOUSTON — There will be no votes on the Raiders’ potential move to Las Vegas at the NFL meetings here this week. No one from the city was invited to attend. No extended presentations. Formal discussion on the topic is expected to be limited.

But the speed with which a record $750 million in public funding towards a nearly $2 billion stadium project passed the Nevada Legislature last week and was signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday raised the chances of NFL owners seriously considering the issue in a month or two.

And while the league remains in information-gathering mode, not just on Las Vegas but existing markets in Oakland and San Diego, it’s not out of the realm of possibility the Raiders could be approved for relocation by January.

A lot would have to fall in place for that to happen, including expedited market research that convinces the 32 owners — 24 of whom must vote in favor of any relocation — that Las…

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