League owners have given the go signal for the Oakland Raiders relocation to Los Vegas with votes of 31-1 in favor of the move for the franchise to a new location. Only one team owner, Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins voted against the relocation.
The Raiders relocation to Las Vegas from Oakland can only happen after a proposed $1.7 billion stadium is completed. Completion of the new home for the Raiders is not expected to happen until 2020.
Raiders staying in Oakland for the next two seasons
According to NFL news, the Raiders will still play in Oakland the next two seasons, in 2017 and 2018. Then they will play in a temporary home in 2019. Mark Davis, the Raiders owner, released an official statement after the NFL owners favored the move to Las Vegas.
“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness,” Davis stated in the press release via NFL.com.
“I would like to thank Commissioner [Roger] Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality.”
Somber Goodell confirms Raiders relocation
Goodell released his own statement about the approval of the Raiders relocation to Las Vegas from Oakland. The NFL commissioner reportedly expressed regret at not finding a solution to keep the team in Oakland.
“We needed to provide certainty and stability for the Raiders, as well as the league,” Goodell stated. Davis added that they expected the Oakland fans to be upset with the move. He hopes that the team continues to support the team in the next two seasons while the Raiders play in Oakland.
“The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. 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,” Davis added. “We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium opens. Would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area.”
The Oakland Raiders were one of the Super Bowl title contenders last season. However, an injury to starting quarterback Derek Carr doomed the team’s chances in the postseason.
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