Vegas stadium one step closer
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.