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Once unimaginable, Las Vegas is finally ready to bet big on the NFL

Once unimaginable, Las Vegas is finally ready to bet big on the NFL

Union workers clad in jeans and T-shirts mixed with the men in crisp, dark suits. Some held smartphones at arm’s length to capture the big moment. The William Trent Lounge at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas —  with its dark wood-paneled ceiling squares, red accent walls and a vacant bar area — was almost hushed.

Then, like a quarterback quieting the home crowd before the snap, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis stepped forward, and the last stray voices melted into the silence.

His subject: making Sin City the next home of the Silver and Black. 

“It was after the senate vote came through,” Davis said to the rapt group of...

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