On Sunday, New York Giants co-owner John Mara wouldn’t commit to the superstar wide receiver being on the team’s roster next season, per SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.
And on Monday alone, there was a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Beckham will not set foot on a field without a new contract extension, another report from Bob Glauber and Tom Rock of Newsday that the team prefers an extension to a trade, yet another report from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News that the Los Angeles Rams are interested in trading for Beckham and one more report from NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones that the Giants are not shopping OBJ and that a trade probably won’t happen.
Five years later, the NFL and Las Vegas are moving in together. The Raiders are on their way from Oakland, and the sports betting concerns have been addressed.
In fact, one of the earliest steps Raiders owner Mark Davis took in the Las Vegas relocation process was to examine the sports betting issue. It began with an on-field chat, before a 2014 home game against the Broncos, which three months later led to a hush-hush meeting in Las Vegas. The result was a blueprint for how professional sports teams and legal sports betting can co-exist.
Campus police were stationed outside the gray, stone building that sits inconspicuously across a parking lot from the UNLV soccer fields. The meeting inside needed to be kept quiet, so quiet that some attendees purposely left it off their official appointment calendars to maintain secrecy. If word of this Feb. 23, 2015, meeting would have leaked, the future of the NFL and Las Vegas could have been altered.
The NFL also recently announced it would be moving its NFL Media headquarters to the facility, and rumblings persist about the combine being shipped out of Indianapolis to Los Angeles. In short, this facility is not going to be just a stadium: it’s going to a complex and headquarters for a billion-dollar industry.
The price tag for that HQ is skyrocketing, according to a report from Seth Wickersham of ESPN. Wickersham reported that the NFL owners are expected to vote at the owners meetings in Florida to raise the debt limit for the stadium, thanks in large part to the price tag having risen almost to an absurd $5 billion.
Ryan: I had had my heart broken so many times as a kid with my dad [Nolan] with the Astros, and as an executive with the club since ’98. When we finally won — having my wife and son and one of my daughters with me in L.A. and just sharing that moment with them and the tears flowing — it was really, really special.