Oakland Raiders get NFL's OK to move to Las Vegas

By The Sports Xchange  |  March 27, 2017 at 2:45 PM
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The Oakland Raiders are officially moving to Las Vegas.

NFL team owners voted 31-1 to approve the Raiders' proposal to relocate to Las Vegas during the annual league meetings in Phoenix on Monday. The Miami Dolphins were reportedly the lone opposing team to vote against the move.

"We believe we, and the Raiders, have worked earnestly for over a decade to find a viable option in Oakland," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. "We believe we went the extra mile to find that solution in Oakland.

"I wanted to thank (Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf) for her effort to find a viable solution...We're particularly disappointed for the fans. We worked as tirelessly and as hard as we could to try to find that solution. We just couldn't get that done."

Raiders owner Mark Davis filed an application with the league in January to move the team to Las Vegas in time for the 2020 season.

The Raiders won't immediately move to Las Vegas since construction of their planned $1.9 billion domed stadium likely won't be completed until 2020. The stadium would be financed with $750 million in public funding and a $650 million construction loan from Bank of America, with the Raiders and the NFL adding a combined $500 million.

"The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA," Davis said. "We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff."

The Raiders will play this season at the Oakland Coliseum and have a contract option to play there again in 2018, but would need to play the 2019 season in a temporary facility.

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