OAKLAND, Calif. — A late bid to keep the Raiders from moving to Las Vegas took a step forward Tuesday after Alameda County supervisors approved opening negotiations with an investment group on a $1.3 billion stadium project.
If the Oakland City Council approves as well, the city and county can start negotiating a formal agreement with private investors for a stadium project that includes $350 million in public money by way of land and future revenue. The city council was scheduled to consider the issue Tuesday night.
The push for a new stadium project is being led by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and former quarterback Rodney Peete, who are working with Fortress Investment Group. Three of five county supervisors voted yes after more than three hours of discussion and testimony in a room sparkling with sports celebrities.
Lott said after the vote that the work is just beginning.
"We still have a long ways to go. We still have to convince the NFL. We still have to convince (Raiders owner) Mark Davis. We've got a long ways to go, but today is a great day and a great moment for Raider Nation," he said.
NOT INTERESTED: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tried to quash the speculation that he'd be in line for the Rams job with a one-word answer on a conference call. Asked if he could rule out that he would have any interest in coaching the Rams, Carroll said, "Yes."
LONDON GAMES: The Jaguars, Dolphins, Browns and Rams will be the home teams for next season's NFL games in London. The Ravens will play Jacksonville and the Saints will face Miami in Weeks 3 and 4 at Wembley Stadium. Cleveland will host the Vikings and Los Angeles will play the Cardinals in Weeks 7 and 8 at Twickenham.
HESTER RELEASED: The Ravens ran out of patience with veteran return man Devin Hester, waiving the former Miami Hurricane a day after his failure to field two punts resulted in Baltimore starting drives on its 1- and 2-yard lines.
NO SUSPENSION: Washington safety Deshazor Everett will not be suspended by the NFL for his vicious hit on Eagles running back Darren Sproles but likely will be fined this week.
OBITUARY: Former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland died at the age of 29 after a brain aneurism. Mr. Reuland was attempting to recover from an aneurism he suffered last month. A Ravens spokesman said his mother told the team that he died Monday.
BENGALS: Kicker Mike Nugent, who had missed an NFL-high 12 combined field goals and extra points, was released. Former Steelers kicker Randy Bullock was claimed off waivers.
COWBOYS: Running back Darren McFadden was activated from the non-football injury list, and rookie Darius Jackson was waived.
DOLPHINS: Pro Bowl center and former Gator Mike Pouncey was placed on season-ending injured reserve because of hip injury that limited him to five games this season.