Raiders announce contract extension for G.M. Reggie McKenzie

Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie has collected some fine young talent with the likes of quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Amari Cooper and defensive end Khalil Mack. Now McKenzie has been rewarded for that. The Raiders have announced that McKenzie has signed a four-year contract extension and is now under contract through the 2021 draft. “Reggie’s…

Poll finds Nevada residents don’t want a taxpayer-funded stadium

A proposed deal to move the Raiders to Las Vegas will only happen if the Nevada state legislature approves public funding to build a stadium. And a new poll suggests that the legislators’ constituents may not be on board with that. A KTNV-Rasmussen Reports poll asked likely voters, “Do you favor or oppose the use…

Jack Del Rio: I don’t spend any time on hype

It’s been hard to miss the optimistic buzz that’s built around the Raiders this offseason as there’s been no shortage of people predicting a winning season in Oakland for the first time since 2002. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has heard that chatter, but says he isn’t letting it seep into his thinking. Del Rio…

Raiders will start camp without Helu, two rookies

The Raiders announced a host of pre-camp roster moves Monday, including the expected procedural move of putting veteran running back Roy Helu Jr. on the active/physically unable to perform list. Helu had surgery on both hips last winter and didn’t participate in the team’s offseason program. Helu played in nine games as a backup running…

Aldon Smith denies he smoked in front of camera

Suspended Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith took to Twitter Monday to deny that he was smoking in a strange cell phone video that made the Internet and social media rounds over the weekend. “Good try,” Smith wrote on his verified Twitter account Monday. “Not me.” CSNBayArea.com posted a video of someone holding a hand-rolled substance in…

Rams select a pair of firms to build Kroenkeworld

The biggest project in North American sports history is big enough to have two construction firms build it. Via Don Muret of SportsBusiness Journal, the Rams picked a joint venture between Turner Construction and Hunt Construction to build the team’s $2.5 billion stadium, which eventually may be shared with the Chargers or Raiders. The Turner-Hunt partnership…

Study: Patriots move past Cowboys for top spot in NFL fan rankings

You know, it’s about time something went right for all those long-suffering Boston sports fans. According to Phil Perry of CSNNE.com, an analytical study has decreed that Patriots fans are the best in the NFL. A year ago, Cowboys fans earned that title, according to Emory University professor Mike Lewis. The difference this year appears…

Las Vegas stadium could cost as much as $2.1 billion

Before the Raiders can move from Oakland to Las Vegas, a location for a stadium in Nevada must be selected. Via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, the universe of potential sites currently sits at nine. Gutierrez explains that, a special meeting on Monday, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee discussed the possible locations for a stadium. But…