Friday, May 18, 2018 | 11:12 a.m.
Raiders fever is spreading ahead of the team’s 2020 arrival and soon fans of the silver and black will be able to show their support while they make their daily commutes.
A prototype Raiders specialty Nevada license plate was unveiled this week, featuring a black background with the Raiders pirate logo that’s been used by the team in some capacity for almost 50 years.
The plate was one of several presented at the May 11 meeting of the state Legislature’s Commission on Special License Plates, said Kevin Malone, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
“It’s definitely not the final design,” Malone said. “The commission recommended approval of a Raiders plate, but there are still many steps to be taken before the plate can be issued. The DMV and the Raiders continue to work on how the plate will look.”
Once an agreement is reached, the plate will be field tested by the Nevada Highway Patrol and could change again.
The DMV does not have a firm date when the plate may be released, but it intends to begin sales well before the Raiders’ first season in Las Vegas in 2020, Malone said.
Funds generated by the sale of the Raiders plates would go to the Raiders Foundation, the team’s charitable arm, or a government entity. The team hopes to sell at least 17,000 of the specialty plates in its first year, which would generate more than $500,000, officials said.
“This will give everybody in Nevada, not just Southern Nevada, but the entire state, the ability to get a Raiders license plate for their car,” Raiders President Marc Badain said in a video presentation for the commission. “Those funds will go to support programs all over the state. I think it will be a tremendous success.”