Of course, White did point out that the Fertittas would have to sell their stake in the Vegas casinos that they currently own.
“You can’t own an NFL team if you’re involved with casinos. So, if they were really making a serious move with the Raiders, they’d be selling Station Casinos, not the UFC,” White said.
If Davis were to sell a stake of the Raiders to the Fertitta brothers, that would put the team into the hands of two entrepreneurs who know how to maximize revenues in the Vegas market. After all, the two brothers only paid $2 million for their original stake in UFC, and that stake is now worth billions.
If the Fertittas bought in, it would give the Raiders an entrepreneurial addition to their ownership that they’re sorely lacking. Davis wouldn’t have to sell the team, he’d just let the Fertitta brothers buy a stake. With them on board, NFL owners might be more inclined to vote for a Raiders move.
As for White, he knows the Vegas market well, and he thinks an NFL team would thrive in Sin City.
“I think it’s a home run,” White said. “Growing up a Boston guy, there’s nothing better than growing up and being a Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins fan. You are a fan of all these teams. We’ve never had that in Vegas. I think it’s the one thing that I think Vegas lacks, and I think if the Raiders or any other NFL team came here, it would be huge.”
White did mention this week that the Fertitta brothers wouldn’t be interested in buyingan NFL team “right now,” but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
After his rookie year, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looked like he might be the best passer in his class. Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Derek Carrhad all struggled to varying degrees during their first seasons, while Bridgewater completed 64.4 percent of his passes at 7.3 yards per attempt and registered an 85.2 passer rating.
With Adrian Peterson returning to the field for Bridgewater’s second campaign, it was reasonable to expect him to take a step forward, but that didn’t exactly happen. With AP back in the fold, the Vikings dialed back on their passing offense. Teddy B went from throwing 33.5 passes per game as a rookie to 27.9 as a sophomore. His completion percentage (64.4 to 65.3 percent) and yards per attempt (7.3 to 7.2 YPA) basically stayed even, and while his passes turned into interceptions less often (3.0 to 2.0 percent) , the same was true of touchdowns (3.5 to 3.1 percent). After throwing 14 in 12 games during his first season, Bridgewater again threw 14, but in 16 games during his second season.
If the Raiders move to Vegas, a move wouldn’t happen until 2019 at the earliest, which would give the brothers plenty of time to finalize a potential UFC sale and make Davis an offer he can’t refuse.
So who has the early edge?
“I have no idea,” Kelly told KNBR 680-AM, via the MercuryNews.com. “We’re not playing a game until September. At this point in time, it’s early, and one of the players, Colin, is injured right now, so he’s not been a full participant in everything.”
Before Kaepernick landed on injured reserve last season, he was benched for Gabbert, though that was under former coach Jim Tomsula. Meanwhile, Kaepernick has spent the intervening months rehabbing from surgeries on his right thumb, left shoulder and left knee.
“Kap’s at every meeting. Kap’s at rehab. Kap’s at every practice, doing what he can,” Kelly continued. “We don’t know exactly what we have until we get those guys up and running. That won’t be determined until preseason camp.”