The 2017 NFL offseason passes another major marker this week, as the annual March owners’ meetings take place in Phoenix. The owners meet numerous times each year, but the March meetings are the most notable. The owners vote on rule proposals, head coaches meet with the media on Tuesday and Wednesday, and there is usually a major topic or two worthy of discussion. This year, our own Jennifer Chan is on hand. She’ll be tweeting from Phoenix all week.
Raiders move to Las Vegas
The Oakland Raiders have been working on a stadium solution, and it appears set to be coming from Las Vegas. After casino magnate Sheldon Adelson backed out of a potential deal, the team was able to get bank backing on a deal with the city. Las Vegas joins the ranks of American cities providing welfare to billionaires. They are expected to provide $750 million in direct funding, plus another $200 million in indirect maintenance improvements at and around the stadium site.
The league is expected to discuss and vote on the issue. There are still some questions, but influential owner Jerry Jones thinks Monday is, “gonna be an exciting day for Vegas.”