The Oakland Raiders' bid to relocate to Las Vegas cleared a major hurdle last week in securing public funding for a stadium, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said any potential move is far from a done deal.
A Southern Nevada tourism committee unanimously approved a plan for $750 million in public funding for a Las Vegas stadium. The plan will now need approval from Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state legislature.
But the team would still need approval from 75 per cent of NFL owners to relocate, and Goodell told Fox Sports there is much work to be done before the proposed move even gets to a vote.
"There's still a lot that has to happen before we would get to that stage," Goodell said, regarding an owners' vote. "Recognizing that they came out of committee with a bill, but there's still a lot of work to be done to improve that recommendation."
A vote by the owners could come as early as January.
Yet Goodell expressed concern that the proposed relocation would be the second time Oakland has lost an NFL team. The Raiders moved from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982 and played there for more than a decade before returning to the Bay Area in 1995.
"Well, you never want to see a community lose their franchise once, much less twice," Goodell told Fox Sports. "That's why we work so hard with our communities to say, 'This is what you have to try to get to,' because you need to try to make sure this franchise continues to be successful.'"
The Raiders have already filed trademark paperwork for the name "Las Vegas Raiders," and owner Mark Davis met last week with billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the man who is pushing for the team to relocate to Vegas.