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The NFL has approved the Raiders move to Las Vegas

Raiders heading to Las Vegas


The Oakland Raider have been in search of a long-term home for years and it appears that the longtime hunt is finally over.

NFL owners voted on Monday, accepting Mark Davis and the team's application to move to Las Vegas. The relocation was approved by an overwhelming final vote of 31-1, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Davis and Las Vegas have proposed a $1.9 billion stadium in downtown Las Vegas, largely funded by Bank of America and an increased hotel tax that will help raise $750 million of public money. 

The city of Oakland attempted a last-ditch effort over the weekend, with mayor Libby Schaaf holding a press conference detailing a new plan for a $1.3 billion stadium funded by loans, and just $200 million of public money. That plan proved to be too little too late though, as commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter back to Davis saying it was inadequate.

According to a letter obtained by the San Jose Mercury News, league commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated that the city has "not yet identified a viable solution."

“We have been prepared for nearly two years to work on finding a solution based on access to land at a certain cost, without constraints on the location of the stadium or timing of construction, and clarity on the overall development,” Goodell's letter reads. “However, at this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress or other parties. In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown.”

The Raiders still have two one-year options to remain at the Coliseum, where they are expected to play until their new stadium is finished in Las Vegas.


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