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How Las Vegas overcame the NFL's fears to win the Raiders

How Las Vegas overcame the NFL's fears to win the Raiders

Oscar Goodman is one of this city’s best-known civic boosters, a lawyer who made his career defending homegrown mobsters like Meyer Lansky and Nicky Scarfo, a mayor who for more than a decade was the consummate pitchman for all things Vegas.

Goodman traveled the world — sometimes flanked by showgirls — and reveled in promoting Sin City as a place where virtue is a vice. Let other cities brag about world-class theater and great art museums: Vegas had gambling, bright lights and a 24-hour party.

Deep down, however, Goodman believed something was missing.

No more, baby.

NFL owners voted Monday to let Mark Davis move his Oakland Raiders franchise to Las Vegas. The 31-1...

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