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Raiders' Las Vegas Relocation Effort Getting Into High Gear

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 20 / 17

The Raiders' potential relocation to Las Vegas is progressing quickly, as much of the "due diligence on both sides has been completed." However, there "likely will be gaps of information and additional supporting materials that owners will want to see before voting" ( LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNA...

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