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Raiders’ move to Las Vegas might not be a done deal yet


Eric Christian Smith / AP

Raiders owner Mark Davis watches teams warm up before the first half of an AFC Wild Card NFL game between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Houston.

The confirmation by the league office that the Oakland Raiders requested formal permission to relocate to Las Vegas last week has once again set off a whirlwind of reporting and conversation that the move is a done deal.

But not only is the Raiders move to Vegas not a done deal, according to multiple sources around the league, the odds may actually be less than 50-50 that the move is approved, and even if it is approved there are still so many details unsettled that Mark Davis’ deal with Vegas could easily fall apart.

As one high-level team executive said, “Mark Davis is a nice enough guy but he is not anywhere near in his father’s league, and he is in way over his head in his dealings with the other owners and the people in Las Vegas.”

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