Around the League: Raiders Heading to Las Vegas

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The NFL club, with a large following on the Central Coast, is set to leave Oakland after 31 of 32 NFL owners OK'd the move in a Monday morning vote. "You can move a lot of teams".

The Mercury News reports, "NFL executives were not moved by Oakland investors saying they could start building a new football stadium nearly immediately". "Our first choice was to try and find" a solution in Oakland. We're particularly disappointed for the fans. "We just couldn't get that done". "We're going to make the Oakland fans very welcomed". But that letter was "filled with uncertainty", according to Goodell. That didn't to go over well with the league, which viewed it as political cover. But with their $1.7 billion stadium not to be completed before 2020, the Raiders have three seasons to fill playing elsewhere. Mark Davis is the owner, and what matters is what is best for him.

The question is whether the fans will feel the same way as the Coliseum authority does about having the Raiders stay an extra year before leaving?

But recently, Davis had appeared to be itching to leave the city once more, going in on a bid with the Chargers to move both teams to Los Angeles - a bid that voted down by National Football League owners early past year. Twenty-four votes were needed.

Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money, and Bank of America is giving Davis a $650 million loan. I want them to know that I do understand that it's emotional.

He said his goal in the meantime was to "bring a championship back to Oakland".

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The plan would also have set aside land for the Oakland Athletics baseball team, which now shares the Oakland Coliseum with the Raiders.

The Raiders have been in Oakland in 45 of the franchise's 58 seasons, including the last 22.

The move is another in the jarring relocation landscape now making over the NFL.

Davis thanked Adelson as well Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and the state legislature, which approved the tax measure, in his prepared remarks. However, the Sports Business Journal reported the lower figures.

Davis has admitted that he doesn't have the liquidity to fund a stadium on his own. Dolphins season ticket holders are also not subjected to seat licensing fees like many fans enjoying brand new stadiums. "But we weren't able to". He also would have preferred that only one team move to Los Angeles, but both the Rams and Chargers have moved there over the past year. "They were waiting for us to lose the vote so they would have the leverage".

"Legends is important", Jones said to me.

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