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Jerry Jones says Las Vegas has strong case to land Raiders

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is keeping a close eye on Las Vegas’ bid to get the Oakland Raiders.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is keeping a close eye on Las Vegas’ bid to get the Oakland Raiders. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

It seems like almost a foregone conclusion that the Oakland Raiders will move to Las Vegas at some point in the coming years.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave another ringing endorsement for Sin City to become the new home of the Raiders. And Jones is among the most influential owners in the league, as he had a strong role in getting the Rams to return to Los Angeles.

“Vegas has a lot going for it,” Jones said during his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. “It’s going to really have a strong case to get an NFL football team. I know that Oakland was approved to move earlier this year.

“You put all of that together and it’s really a confluence of things coming together. And I call that the crosshair theory – when things get in the crosshair, you better recognize it most of the time.”

The owners have yet to formally vote on the move, and 24 of the 32 would have to approve it. With Jones' support, it would seem like Oakland owner Mark Davis would be able to get approval.

Jones praised Nevada Legislature for approving $750 million in public money to build a stadium in Las Vegas last month.

“They’ve provided for a team, the most funding that has ever been funded to give a team an opportunity,” Jones said. “L.A. never really had that powerful of influence, put it that way, which is over $700 million of initial contribution from the state of Nevada and from Las Vegas. That’s pretty strong.”

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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