While the NFL has publicly changed its tune regarding the viability of Las Vegas as a league market, the league made a case to team owners last week that Oakland is a better home for the Raiders, CBS Sports reports.
NFL executive VP Eric Grubman, who heads the league's stadium issues, presented a study to owners at their meetings in Irving, Texas that compared the strengths and weaknesses of the two markets against other league cities. While the average score was 68, Oakland had an overall rating of 70 and Las Vegas got a 60.
Raiders officials, though, said two of their own studies contradict the league’s findings.
"(Raiders president Marc) Badain basically stood up and said the league's study was BS," a source told CBS. "And he had two of his studies that looked nothing like the one Grubman presented."
Also, Raiders owner Marc Davis promised to resolve any issues that may be standing in the way of a stadium being built in Las Vegas before owners vote on whether to approve the team’s move to that city.
"Basically, Mark was just pretty much saying, 'We're going, we're going, we're going,'" another source said, per the report.
Davis is pushing for the owners to vote in January on his team’s relocation, but with the NFL dragging its feet as it explores options to keep the team in Oakland, a March vote appears more likely. Three-quarters of the league’s owners (24 of 32) have to approve a team’s request to move for it to happen.