After the Rams organization beat him to the punch with moving to Los Angeles, Raiders’ owner Mark Davis announced today that the Oakland Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, which recently committed $750M of public money to finance a brand new, NFL ready stadium. Apparently the city of Oakland failed in it’s attempt to change Davis’s mind and his heart is set on the move.
Before the move can be made final, at least 24 of the league’s 32 owners must approve of the relocation. The move is not likely to happen for at least two more seasons, as Sam Boyd Stadium, the home of UNLV, is not up to NFL standards. Davis did mention, according to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, that the possibility of the Raiders playing preseason games at the NCAA stadium as soon as next year remains.
This announcement comes only months after the NHL approved Bill Foley’s bid for an expansion team in Las Vegas, which will be the first professional sports franchise in the city as they hit the ice for the 2017-18 season.
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