The NFL owners' decision to relocatethe Raiders from Oakland is another disappointing dayfor the city.But for fans of the NFLin every other city, it'sViva, Las Vegas!
The league has gone from dancing around Vegasto fully embracing Sin City and finally making it happen. This is no offense to Oakland, but beyond the stadium deal,the NFL just needed Vegas more, baby.
Come 2019, Las Vegas willbecome the go-to place for both fans of the Raiders and whoever they're hosting that week.
But don't forget about the casual football fans, too,who will want to extendtheir weekend of gambling, sportsbooking and debaucherywith tailgating.
Vegas also gives the NFL the opportunity to expand "internationally" without putting a permanentteam in London, Mexico City or somewhere else in world.The Raiders,a glitzy young team in the making, will gain a lot more attention as the league's first truly global team.
The Silver and Black will fit right in with the shiny lights of The Strip.With Derek Carr and Khalil Mack growing into superstars and playoff leaders, the city likely will get them playing forVegas when the Raiders are in the best position to win anotherSuper Bowl.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, you canbet the house that the Raiders' yet-to-be-completed stadium will be the site of the big game beforeSuper Bowl 60 in 2026 — when you won't be able to spell Luxor without LX.
Imagine that week of partying and wagering as the only thing that can trumpwhat the first weekend of March Madness means to Vegas.
If you're looking ahead, the Raiders are scheduled to play the NFC North and AFC South in 2019. Packers fans should already be rooting for that game to be away from Green Bay. Florida is cool, and San Diego was sweet while it lasted. But it doesn't get better than everything you can pack into 48 to 72 hours in Vegas.
STEELE: Raiders stealing Oakland's soul
The Raiders have always been mavericks.They were made to represent the 29th largest metropolitan area of the United States, where a team called the Rebels already plays football.
They will remain as fun to root for, and just as fun to root against, in their latest new city.
Oakland losing its team again feels wrong, but everything elseabout the NFL in Vegasis right.