We've known for some time that the Minnesota Vikings are no longer a candidate for NFL relocation. . .thank you, U.S. Bank Stadium. . .but since there really isn't a whole lot going on with our favorite team at the moment, we can take a bit to see what's going on with the rest of the league.
The team formerly known as the St. Louis Rams is on its way back to Los Angeles, starting with the 2016 NFL season. When the league gave the Rams the green light to move, they also gave the San Diego Chargers the option to move as well and, eventually, share a new stadium complex with the Rams, much like the sharing arrangement between the New York Jets and the New York Giants. However, the Chargers have announced that they will be staying in San Diego for "at least one more year" in the hopes of getting a stadium done there.
In the event that the Chargers wind up not relocating to Los Angeles, the Oakland Raiders would have the option to move back there. However, it looks like the Raiders are exploring a completely different possibility.
The Raiders are still looking at all the options they can for a new stadium, even if that means leaving Oakland and maybe even California all together. The latest chapter in this seemingly never ending saga is the entrance of Las Vegas, Nevada into the mix. Thanks to a leaked email, we now know that Mark Davis is meeting with Billionaire casino magnate and Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson.
I'm not sure if the NFL. . .or any other major North American sports league, for that matter. . .would allow a team in Las Vegas. Even though we all know that the National Football League readily acknowledges gambling on a regular basis (hello, Al Michaels), they would undoubtedly come up with a whole list of reasons why it couldn't be allowed to happen.
Las Vegas has been used by a couple of sports leagues as potential leverage. Major League Baseball floated Las Vegas as a potential new home for the Montreal Expos before they moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Washington Nationals, and there have been a couple of National Basketball Association franchises that have talked about potentially moving to Las Vegas. But, again, because of the "spectre" of legal gambling in Vegas, I'm not entirely sure how serious any of those overtures may have been.
After this relocation dance with the Chargers and the Raiders is over, there's probably going to be a lull until the league inevitably attempts to expand overseas, likely to London. But having had to deal with potentially seeing our team move in the past, it's interesting to see what's going on with these other teams.