CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported that NFL owners approved the move in a whopping 31-1 vote, with the Miami Dolphins being the only team that voted against it. The Raiders needed 24 of 32 votes and easily cleared the hurdle.
The expectation for the Raiders is they will play two more seasons in Oakland, with the 2019 season being a major question mark. The Raiders could play in Oakland for a third year, but could also play at UNLV’s stadium as well.
“We never want to see a relocation of a franchise,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We needed to provide certainty and stability for the Raiders, as well as for the league.”
The move has been expected for several weeks, with La Canfora reporting several days ago that the Raiders vote would be at the top of the docket at the NFL’s annual spring meetings. La Canfora also reported that a vote was expected to pass. A letter from Goodell to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf reaffirmed that likelihood, and now, the Raiders exit from Oakland is a reality.
“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,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “I would like to thank Commissioner 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.
“The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. We know that some fans will be disappointed…