NFL commissioner Roger Goodell writes letter to Oakland mayor: Thanks, but no thanks

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USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero examines the big issues expected to be on the docket next week at NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.
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Last-ditch efforts by Oakland leaders to keep the Raiders from moving to Las Vegas haven’t moved the ball with the NFL.

In a letter to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who publicly released additional details Friday of a plan the NFL deemed unworkable months ago, Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated that key issues with the Oakland proposal remain unresolved and NFL owners will consider the Raiders’ relocation application at the league meeting that begins Sunday in Phoenix.

“Despite all of these efforts, ours and yours, we have not yet identified a viable solution,” Goodell wrote. “It is disappointing to me and our clubs to have come to that conclusion.”

A vote could come as soon as Monday on the plan for a nearly $2 billion stadium project in Las Vegas. And momentum has been growing for approval since Bank of America stepped up as the Raiders’ new financing partner. Twenty-four of 32 owners would need to approve the move.

The full text of Goodell’s letter to Schaaf, sent…

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