In an expected move, NFL voters voted 31-1 in favor of the Oakland Raiders relocating to Las Vegas, and the move has officially been approved. Only the Miami Dolphins voted against the move. Raiders ownership wanted to leave the Bay Area for Las Vegas, and apparently, Oakland did not put up much of a fight to keep the Raiders. During the 2017 NFL season, and possibly through 2019, the Raiders will continue to play in Oakland (which won’t be awkward at all). The Raiders will play in a 65,000 seat stadium in Las Vegas, starting in 2020, the state-of-the art domed stadium is expected to cost $1.9 billion dollars. This opens up the possibility of a Super Bowl in Las Vegas, which would be both awesome and terrifying, I cannot wait for the stories that come out of Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas. I feel bad for Oakland Raiders fans today, losing a team is just awful, but if ever a team embodied the wild spirit of Las Vegas it is the Raiders. Any other team playing in Vegas would feel wrong, with the Raiders, it kind of feels right.
Statement from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr: