The NFL’s top executive says the league will not relocate the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in the wake of the deadly Las Vegas shooting, despite the league’s desire to keep them in the city.
John Mara, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said the league was “disappointed” in the violence that unfolded on Sunday in Las Vegas, saying the league would not move teams in the face of a violent backlash against the team.
Mara said the NFL will not relocate its games this year because of the “growing sentiment” against the city of Las Vegas.
He said the Patriots and Seahawks will remain in their current cities in 2018.
“We will not move any games this season because of this growing sentiment,” Mara said.
“And we’re not moving any games.
And that’s just the sentiment.
I think that’s why we feel that the owners want to remain in the cities where they are.”
Mara also said the owners of both teams were “deeply saddened” by the mass shooting.
“Obviously, we have tremendous respect for the Patriots, and they are a special group of people, and we want to continue to work with them and continue to support them and to be supportive of them, but it’s clear that this has become a very divisive time in this country,” he said.
Murry said the players and coaches of the teams will hold a “leadership meeting” on Monday.
The league will also conduct a “road trip” to address the issue, Mara said, adding that a team representative will travel to Las Vegas on Monday for “a meeting of the minds.”
Makeshift memorial for victims of the Las Vegas massacreThe NFL has said the game will be moved to Denver.
However, Mara indicated the league might consider a temporary move.
The league will “talk to teams” about relocating, Mara told reporters at a news conference Monday.
Molina said that the league also “wants to talk with” other sports leagues about relocations, but he would not provide specifics.
Murders, including those involving police, have occurred on the Las Ramblas and in other places in recent months.
The number of killings in the United States has climbed significantly since 2016, with about 5,400 killings in 2017 alone, according to the Washington Post.
The NFL’s first trip to Las Ramadas in July 2017 sparked a nationwide wave of protests and riots in Las Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland.
The Patriots and the Seahawks have played in Seattle and the Bay Area for more than a century, while the Seahawks’ home in Santa Clara, California, was demolished in 2013 after the team won a Super Bowl.