Patriots owner Robert Kraft supports the relocation efforts of the Raiders, who are considering moving to Las Vegas if they can’t reach a stadium deal in Oakland.
“I think it would be good for the NFL,” Kraft told USA Today on Friday. “I know [Raiders owner] Mark Davis has tried so hard in Oakland. If they won’t do it … I want to support him.”
As noted by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in February, such a relocation would require the approval of 24 of the 32 NFL owners. One reservation for owners could be the gambling culture in Las Vegas. Kraft said, however, that the proximity to Las Vegas’ casinos presents no bigger risk “than playing a game in New Jersey.”
“I came into the league in ’94,” Kraft said. “Back then, any exploration of that market was dismissed out of hand. I’m looking where we are today and thinking of the last 10 to 15 years, and the emergence of new media, with Google and Facebook and the like. We’re just living in a different world, technology wise. The risks in Vegas are no longer exclusive to Vegas.”