Ne­vada gives OK to Ve­gas sta­dium

Baltimore Sun - - NFL & RAVENS -

The Ne­vada Leg­is­la­ture signed off on a plan that would use $750 mil­lion in pub­lic money to build an NFL sta­dium in Las Ve­gas, de­spite op­po­si­tion to a project partly funded by bil­lion­aire casino mogul Shel­don Adel­son.

A cadre of lob­by­ists for the project worked hard to firm up enough of the shaky votes to meet the nec­es­sary t wo- t hirds thresh­old and scraped by with the min­i­mum amount of sup­port when law­mak­ers called for a quick vote with­out cus­tom­ary speeches. Repub­li­can Gov. Brian San­doval is ex­pected to sign the deal Mon­day in Las Ve­gas.

The Ne­vada Se­nate gave fi­nal ap­proval to some mi­nor changes, af­ter the Assem­bly voted 28-13 and the Se­nate voted16-5 in fa­vor of the bill. The mea­sure would raise ho­tel taxes by up to 1.4 per­cent­age points in the Las Ve­gas area to fund a con­ven­tion cen­ter ex­pan­sion and build a 65,000-seat domed sta­dium back­ers hope will lure the Raiders. New­ton likely will start: Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton (con­cus­sion) is listed for Sun­day’s game against the Saints but is ex­pected to play, coach Ron Rivera said. McPhee back at prac­tice: Bears line­backer Per­nell McPhee was back at prac­tice for the first time this sea­son.

The for­mer Raven went on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list when train­ing camp started. Ex­tra points: Li­ons RB Theo Rid­dick (an­kle) was ruled out for Sun­day’s game against the Rams. … Jets CB Dar­relle Re­vis re­turned to prac­tice for the first time since in­jur­ing a ham­string two weeks ago.

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