Ve­gas sta­dium one step closer

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS WEEKEND -

A plan to build an NFL sta­dium in Las Ve­gas and lure the Raiders from Oakland crossed a major hurdle Thurs­day when a Ne­vada over­sight com­mit­tee voted unan­i­mously to rec­om­mend $750 mil­lion in pub­lic fund­ing for the project.

The South­ern Ne­vada Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee rec­om­mended rais­ing the ho­tel tax in the Las Ve­gas area to help pay for a 65,000-seat domed venue that was pro­moted and would be par­tially fi- nanced by bil­lion­aire casino mogul Shel­don Adel­son. Pro­po­nents still need to win over the gover­nor, the Leg­is­la­ture and three-quar­ters of NFL own­ers to make the project a re­al­ity, but it’s a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for a city that has been ham­mer­ing out the par­tic­u­lars of t he Raiders deal f or months.

“We get an NFL team, and that is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for Las Ve­gas and the com­mu­nity,” com­mit­tee chair­man Steve Hill said. “Those teams bring the com­mu­nity to­gether. We’re go­ing to have peo­ple wear­ing Raiders jer­seys and high-fiv­ing each other That’s not some­thing you can put a num­ber on.”

The Adel­son fam­ily plans to put $650 mil­lion to­ward the sta­dium, which would also be home to UNLV foot­ball, while the Raiders plan to kick in $500 mil­lion. GOP seeks re­view: House Repub­li­cans called for an in­de­pen­dent re­view of al­le­ga­tions that the league sought to im­prop­erly in­flu­ence a gov­ern­ment study into the link be­tween foot- ball and brain dis­ease. In a let­ter to the De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices’ in­spec­tor gen­eral, GOP lead­ers of the En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee said that a thor­ough as­sess­ment is needed to en­sure the in­tegrity of the process for award­ing re­search grants. Wil­son ‘ready to roll’: Sea­hawks quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son said he’ll be ready to play against the Rams on Sun­day. Wil­son was a full par­tic­i­pant in prac­tice each of the past two days af­ter suf­fer­ing a sprained an­kle in the third quar­ter of Sun­day’s game against the Dol­phins. “I’ll be ready to roll,” Wil­son said. “I’m ex­cited about it.” Skins OK with Nor­man plan: Red­skins de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Joe Barry said the team “felt com­fort­able with our plan” to have corner back Bashaud Bree­land cover Steel­ers wide­out An­to­nio Brown more than Josh Nor­man did in Week 1. Barry of­fered an ex­pla­na­tion of sorts, say­ing, “It’s hard for the other three or four DBs to get lined up” if one corner is as­signed to al­ways cover a par­tic­u­lar re­ceiver. Ivory out of hospi­tal: Jag- uars run­ning back Chris Ivory re­turned to the team’s fa­cil­ity two days af­ter be­ing re­leased from the hospi­tal and met with coaches and train­ers. Ivory, who was hos­pi­tal­ized Sun­day with a “gen­eral med­i­cal is­sue” and missed the sea­son opener against the Pack­ers, is still a long shot to play Sun­day against the Charg­ers. Ex­tra points: Tex­ans WR DeAn­dre Hop­kins said he won’t wear his Yeezy 350 Boosts cleats again af­ter he was fined $6,000 for wear­ing them Sun­day against the Bears. … For­mer 49ers C Fred Quil­lan died Mon­day at age 60, the team an­nounced.

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