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The Las Vegas Raiders? Today Could Be The Day

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Associated Press

Raiders owner Marc Davis stands with Las Vegas fans.

Today could be the day that owners of the NFL’s 32 teams say yes to moving the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas.

Owners are meeting in Phoenix to talk about the move and other NFL issues.

Jeff Gillan is a reporter and anchor for Channel 3, KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. He is covering the meetings.

He said everyone expects the vote to be 'yes.'

“If it becomes a 'no,' something extraordinarily unforeseen would have popped up,” he said.

There are also questions, though, about the cost of the stadium.

Nevada will contribute $750 million to construction of what was thought to be a $1.9 billion stadium on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. That money will come from taxes on hotel rooms and will cover bond payments for the next 30 years.

But it's been reported the stadium might cost $1.7 billion. So what about that extra $200 million?

Gillan said the exact cost of the stadium depends on the final cost of the design and the cost of the land the stadium will be built on. No matter the final price tag, the stadium will be one of the most expensive in the league. 

If the Raiders' relocation is approved today, they could be playing in Las Vegas as early as 2020, Gillan said. 

“If in fact the day pans out the way we think it is, it is truly going to be a history changing event for the city,” Gillan said.

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