The NFL isn't going to sign off on a team in LV for gambling reasons. Unless changed, the Raiders in LV wouldn't be able to have any bets placed. Tens of millions would be lost over the season. Imagine if the Raiders made it to the super bowl while hosted in LV and the bets that wouldn't be. Players/Refs could throw games on high stakes gambling. How would/could that be policed?
This is a case study in how mental associations are made; and how they lead people down an illogical path:
This is the mental association:
Vegas = Gambling.
Sports + Gambling = Fixing Scandal.
Vegas + Pro Sports = Certain Fixing Scandal.
But that's actually the exact opposite logic one should take.
Let's go through the list of colleges with point shaving/fixing scandals: CCNY, LIU, Manhattan, NYU, Bradley, Kentucky, Boston College, Tulane, Northwestern, Toledo, San Diego. Those were underground bookmakers, illegal bookies, taking the bets. The bookies losing their money on fixed games would also go to jail for running illegal sports books.
Las Vegas has LEGAL sports gambling. Conducted by billion dollar corporations with a massive financial interest in preserving the integrity of the game. THEY are the ones who stand to lose lots of money if there’s a fix, so they’re the ones hiring expensive consultants to monitor action on games. And they pull games off the board when there’s suspicious activity on a game.
The Arizona State scandal of 1994? The FBI got tipped of… by the sports books. One book noticed a surge in action in Arizona State games, called the Gaming Commission, they pulled data from all the other books, and realized the same guys were laying a ton of money on only ASU games. So they called the FBI and the FBI busted up the point shavers.
In 69 seasons in which gambling on their games was legal, no scandals for Nevada or UNLV. And betting on them is legal, by the way. That law you're citing actually WAS CHANGED, and it was FIFTEEN YEARS AGO.
There's ZERO real-world link between a team playing in Vegas and gambling scandals.
And it's even more ridiculous for professional sports. College players have no salaries.
To fix an NFL game, you'd probably need the quarterback in your pocket. The average Starting NFL quarterback has a $62.3 million contract paying an average value of $14.1 million per year. How much do you have to bribe that guy to make him risk a $60 million contact? The 1919 Black Sox were offered $15,000 when their salaries were $3,000 to 6,000.
The amount it would cost you to bribe a significant player capable of fixing an NFL game would be so high, sports books would INSTANTLY pull the game for suspicious activity.
The ONLY league who would worry at all about Las Vegas is the NBA.