Las Vegas Raiders? Wait a second.
Mark Davis, Oakland Raiders Las Vegas Stadium vs NFL Compliance Plan Of 2015
When Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis stands with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, and signs the SB1 Bill that has within it the much-sought-after $750 million subsidy, Mr. Davis will have officially attached himself to Adelson as a business partner. It’s a good idea Davis read the NFL Compliance Plan of 2015.
The plan, established by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, has a detailed set of policies regarding such matters as corruption, and business opportunities. It’s the corruption area Davis will find applies to Las Vegas Sands (particularly in the matter of the persistent money-laundering claims that dog him and his organization) and that’s because Adelson’s corporation seeks to do business with the NFL, and he has stated his interest in becoming an owner of the Oakland Raiders.
This is written under E – Anti-Corruption: “It is a violation of NFL policy to offer bribes and other improper advantages in connection with the activities of the NFL. The NFL is committed to complying with anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, including the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the United Kingdom Bribery Act. Bribery, kickbacks, and other improper inducements to government officials, business partners, vendors, and suppliers are prohibited. No employee, agent, or representative worldwide may offer, promise, pay, or authorize any financial or other advantage or anything else of value to any person or organization with the intent to exert improper influence over the recipient, induce the recipient to violate his or her duties, or secure an improper advantage for the NFL or its member clubs. All employees are further prohibited from demanding, agreeing to receive, or accepting a bribe, kickback, or any other improper financial or other advantage.”
It’s ultimately the decision of NFL Legal as to how to evaluate the actions of Las Vegas Sands, and how this impacts the Oakland Raiders, but it was widely reported that lobbyists under the LV Sands payroll acted, in some cases, like bullies, and overall what they gave Nevada Senators and Assemblypeople can’t be reported, even if it was a conflict of interest – they signed a legal provision protecting them from that under Nevada Law.
But what happens in Vegas will stay in Vegas, and is not NFL Policy. The Compliance Plan has other areas that apply to the Raiders / Las Vegas Sands relationships. Altogether, this is in addition to the need for the Raiders to obtain a two-thirds vote of the NFL Ownership.
And then, there’s the matter of the relocation bylaws and whether or not Las Vegas actually fits as a real relocation candidate. The consideration of whether there is what the policy calls a “compelling” reason to move to Las Vegas will be front and center – and the answer is no.
The bylaws also call for a good relationship with the home community, and there are many examples where the Raiders have not worked to have this with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. And now that Adelson, a Donald Trump-supporter, is involved, Trump’s many negative associations with women also come into consideration. Overall, this could degenerate into something that embarrasses the NFL – a clear violation of the NFL Compliance Plan.
The Raiders can and are, behind the scenes, working on staying in Oakland. What will happen is the NFL Compliance Plan will, behind the scenes, play a powerful roll in Mark Davis playing ball in Oakland and not Las Vegas.