PHOENIX -- One of the natural questions emanating from NFL owners voting their approval Monday of the Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas is whether it sends any sort of message to another team, such as the Buffalo Bills, with an outdated stadium.
The league's and the Raiders' inability to work out an agreement with the City of Oakland to build a satisfactory replacement for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was at the heart of the team finding a better deal in a new location.
However, shortly after the announcement of the Raiders' move, NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman said that there was no reason for Bills fans to read anything into its overwhelming approval as it pertains to their team's long-term future in Western New York.
"This certainly is not intended to send any message and I don't believe anyone should take any message in it," Grubman told reporters at the league's annual meeting at the Arizona Biltmore. "Buffalo's fans are legendary and ranked right up there with the greatest fans in the NFL. Ownership there is evaluating their options and those options are very long-term in nature.
"I don't want to speak for them, but I think you can see, by virtue of the fact that they're not waiting and have done work on the stadium already, that they care about their fans and they care about Buffalo."