Nevada gives OK to Vegas stadium
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.