The Oakland Raiders have already begun their marketing campaign to establish a fan base in Las Vegas, and come this August, each and every single one of the NFL team’s games will be broadcast live on FOX5.
The Fox-affiliated television channel serves Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada region from its Henderson studio. While FOX5 will handle the television rights, Beasley Media Group’s KYCE-FM (102.7) and KDWN-AM (720) radio stations will carry the games over the air.
The media partnerships begin this August with the Raiders’ four preseason games. FOX5 entered into a three-year deal that extends through the 2019 season, while Beasley agreed to two years.
“The passion of Raider Nation is unrivaled and we look forward to working with both FOX5 and Beasley to bring exclusive and captivating Raiders content and coverage to Southern Nevada,” Raiders President Marc Badain stated in a presser.
Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Raiders owner Mark Davis filed for relocation from Oakland to Sin City in January, and the plan was approved by the league’s ownership in late March. Construction of the $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue is set to begin late this year or early 2018.
All Eyes on Oakland
The Las Vegas Raiders stadium isn’t expected to be ready until the 2020 regular season at the earliest. In the interim, the team will continue to play in the Bay Area.
While fans were dealt a devastating blow this offseason in learning their beloved franchise is skipping town in the coming years, there remains plenty of optimism for the upcoming season.
After opening at 20-1 at the Westgate SuperBook, bettors have placed significant money on the Raiders to win Super Bowl LII. The current odds on the Silver and Black winning their first title since 1981 are now at just 12-1.
Those relatively short odds are behind only the defending champion New England Patriots (3-1), Dallas Cowboys (8-1), and the Green Bay Packers, a perennial preseason Las Vegas favorite at 10-1.
The Raiders odds are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.
Oakland fans can laugh, at least for a few more years, at their rivals, the 49ers. San Francisco and the Cleveland Browns have the worst Super Bowl odds of the entire league at 300-1.
FOX Wins Hunt
The Raiders signing with FOX diverges from how national games are televised. Each Sunday, CBS typically handles AFC games, while FOX handles the NFC broadcasts.
The Raiders, like numerous other franchises, do not adhere to the NFL arrangement when it comes to their local media partner. In the Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose area, FOX2 has handled the team’s games for many years.
FOX5 Las Vegas General Manager Todd Brown said of the contract, “We look forward to working side by side the Raider organization as we help them transition to the Entertainment Capital of the World. FOX5 will lead the charge in building a large Las Vegas fan base and bringing our viewers the most up-to-date Raider news, preseason games and events.”