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January 19 2018, 05:35 | Van Peters
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A little more than two months after the Chargers announced they would leave San Diego for Los Angeles, the NFL's 32 team owners voted Monday morning to approve the Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas. According to Adam Schefter, only the Miami Dolphins were opposed to this move when the National Football League owners voted on it.
The Raiders became the second franchise to move in 75 days; Chargers owner Dean Spanos exercised his option to vacate San Diego for Los Angeles on January 12. The Oakland Raider (or former Oakland Raiders) went through the process of getting votes in their attempt to move to Las Vegas, and the final tally was done on Monday afternoon.
Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers, told Postmedia on Sunday that the NFL's influential stadium and finance committees, plus top league officials, reviewed Schaaf's last-minute stadium plan and "said there's no merit to it".
The Raiders will play two additional seasons in Oakland before leaving for Sin City in 2019.
Neither Gudino nor Maravilla planned to yank off their Raiders sweatshirts and hats to burn or unload them. "But the Raiders kept moving forward".
"And the opportunity to develop a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital in the world is one opportunity that will give us the ability to achieve that".
"The Raiders were born in Oakland, and Oakland will always be part of our DNA", said Davis, dressed in an ill-fitting black suit and white tie. Al Davis was named the coach and general manager in 1963 - back in the year when the Dallas Texans became the Chiefs and the New York Titans became the Jets - and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum's opening in 1966 helped stabilize the team. The Raiders had hoped to move back to LA, where they played from 1982-94, to share a stadium with the Chargers, but were rejected by the owners.
Renderings show a possible $1.3 billion stadium with $600 million already secured through private funds from the Fortress Investment Group and NFL Hall of Famer and 49ers legend Ronnie Lott. The move means the Bay Area will turn into a one-team market for the first time since the Raiders were in Los Angeles.
The City of Oakland came together in hopes of keeping the Raiders around, proposing a new financing option for a $1.3 billion stadium.
For instance, Davis has no signed lease in Las Vegas.
The same league that treated Las Vegas with disdain for so many years is ready to embrace it now. Specifically, Goodell wants to add a "play clock" after touchdowns and extra points to ensure games resume in a timely fashion.