On Tuesday, a source at Goldman Sachs told KCBS that the Wall Street investment giant was no longer going to put up $650 million to help Raiders owner Mark Davis leave Oakland and build the Las Vegas stadium.
The Raiders beat the Texans in November in front of a sold-out Azteca Stadium crowd of 76,743, and a game against the (defending champion?) Patriots should sell out, too. The 243-page Wells Report concluded that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady probably conspired to have footballs deflated to lower-than-allowable levels before the New England-Indianapolis AFC title game, handily won by the Patriots 45-7.
The Raiders will play the Patriots in Mexico City next season, the National Football League announced Wednesday. Also, a group led by Raiders legend Ronnie Lott is working to keep the team in the East Bay. The Raiders submitted an application, and that's something we are considering carefully.
"I don't see any ownership position of a team for a casino", he said.
Goodell said whether or not the league approves the Raiders move, the relocation would have to be "in the long-term interest of the NFL". Brady was suspended for the first four games of last season and New England was hit with the largest team fine in league history ($1 million) in addition to losing two draft choices.
This actually won't be the Patriots' first trip to Mexico City. "It was a great experience and I am looking forward to our return".
"We have a tremendous fan base in Mexico", Goodell added. We want our fans to know that the game they are seeing unfold on the field does not have any undue influence. "I look forward to meeting some of our fantastic fans and enjoying the food and culture there in the fall".