(Reuters) – Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has withdrawn his family’s financial support for a deal to build a $1.9 billion stadium that would help relocate the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, local media reported.
Adelson, who had pledged up to $650 million toward construction of the stadium, pulled his support after the team presented a lease proposal last week to the Clark County Stadium Authority without his knowledge, he said in a statement on Monday to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“It was certainly shocking to the Adelson family. We were not only excluded from the proposed agreement; we weren’t even aware of its existence,” he said.
Adelson said in October he was prepared to walk away from a deal if the terms offered by the team, owned by Mark Davis, did not improve.
“The Raiders remain steadfast in honoring Mark Davis’ commitment to Governor Sandoval and the State of Nevada to pursue relocation to Las Vegas,” the team said in a statement issued to local media outlets.
Sandoval said in a written statement that it was “unfortunate” the Adelson family could not come to terms with the team.
Nevada officials are offering $750 million in hotel taxes to help build a new domed stadium. The rest of the money would come from the Raiders and private partners that include Goldman Sachs Group Inc
“The terms of the legislation do not change and the state’s contribution will not increase as a result of this announcement,” the governor said.
The Raiders told the stadium authority that Goldman Sachs would finance construction of the stadium whether or not the Adelsons were involved, said the Review Journal, a newspaper owned by the Adelson family.
“The Raiders are putting a lot of hopes in the Goldman Sachs commitments, but I don’t know the extent of their commitments, and I certainly do not share that same level of hope,” Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said to the newspaper.
The Raiders filed paperwork with the league on Jan. 19 to move to Las Vegas.
The NFL said the Raiders’ application would be reviewed by its stadium and finance committees. The relocation of a franchise requires approval from three-quarters of the league’s 32 owners.
The authority has until mid-2018 to attract an NFL team to Las Vegas to play in the proposed stadium, the Review Journal said.
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Mark Potter and Dan Grebler)