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Even if the Raiders are approved for relocation to Las Vegas, they plan to play the next two seasons in Oakland.
That should go swimmingly. Owner Mark Davis has no other choice, as Las Vegas doesn't have a suitable temporary venue, unlike Los Angeles and its ancient football stadiums and modern soccer parks. The NFL has handled the relocation of three of its 32 franchises in disastrous fashion the past two years. Jan 19 - 2:24 PM

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Raiders have officially filed relocation paperwork for their proposed move to Las Vegas.

This has been expected for quite some time, but now it is official. If 24-of-32 owners approve the move, the Raiders will hope to be in Las Vegas in time for the 2020 season. The Raiders hope to play in a $1.9 billion stadium financed in part by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Clark County hotel tax revenue.
Jan 19 - 12:19 PM

If the league approves the Raiders' move to Las Vegas, the team would hope to relocate in time for the 2020 season.

The Raiders are expected to file paperwork for their move in the coming days, setting the stage for a vote this spring. 24-of-32 owners would have to approve the move. If it passes, the Raiders would build a $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas. Of that $1.9 billion, the Raiders would contribute $500 million with the rest coming from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Clark County hotel tax revenue. The Raiders would be the first NFL franchise and only the second franchise in the four major sports to play in Las Vegas.
Jan 15 - 1:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders will file relocation papers with the league in an effort to move from Oakland to Las Vegas.

Owners will vote on the proposed move this spring, but it would be a surprise if the Raiders do not get the 24 votes they need to make their relocation official. The organization is hoping to move into a $1.9 billion stadium project partially financed by casino owner Sheldon Adelson, but that deal has not been finalized. It likely will need to be before the owners vote on the move.
Jan 14 - 9:22 AM

The NFL reportedly believes the Raiders are done in Oakland and is working to "clear a path" for their move to Las Vegas.

The league is meeting to discuss the situation on Wednesday. Owner Mark Davis has been frank about his desire to uproot the team for Sin City. It appears the Bay Area will be losing its only competitive football team.
Jan 10 - 6:51 PM

The Washington Post reports it's uncertain if the league would approve the Raiders' move to Las Vegas if/when the team formally applies for relocation.

Per reporter Mark Maske, owners' concerns have more to do with Vegas' modest size than status as a gambling mecca. Las Vegas is just the 29th largest metropolitan area in the United States, sandwiching itself between Cincinnati and Kansas City. Oakland is 11th, and St. Louis is 20th. "Most of us would prefer they stay in Oakland," a high-ranking official said. "If that’s not possible and we get to January and the Las Vegas deal is all there is, we’ll have to consider it." Owner Mark Davis seems hellbent on a desert move, but it's far from a certainty.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 05:59:00 PM

Nevada lawmakers approved a hotel tax increase which will provide $750 million in public funding towards a new NFL stadium in Las Vegas.

This deal does not ensure the Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas, but it removes a major obstacle to the relocation. "All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for the entire Raider Nation," owner Mark Davis said. Davis still needs approval from three-fourths of the owners to relocate, but he seems to have quite a bit of support in league circles. It is likely the Raiders will be the Las Vegas Raiders in the near future.
Source: FOX Sports
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 10:55:00 AM

The Raiders have earned initial approval of $750 million in public funding for a stadium in Las Vegas.

The matter now heads to the Nevada state legislature, which might not be as eager to hand out three quarters of a billion dollars in taxpayer money for a football stadium. It would be a record for a stadium anywhere in America.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 03:17:00 PM

The (currently) Oakland Raiders filed a trademark application for "Las Vegas Raiders."

The move does not mean the team is definitely going to Las Vegas, but it is another strong indication there is more than smoke surrounding the proposed move to Sin City. Owner Mark Davis has said the team will move to Las Vegas if the city "comes through" on a new stadium deal, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already publicly supported the move, suggesting there is backing inside the league as well.
Source: Forbes
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 10:41:00 AM

Raiders owner Mark Davis believes moving the team to Las Vegas would "unite the Raider nation."

"The Raider fans in Northern California get upset a little bit when we talk about going to Los Angeles, and the L.A. fans get a little ticked off at the fans in Northern California, so it seems like Las Vegas is a neutral site that everybody’s kind of bought into," Davis tried to rationalize. "It will unite the Raider nation more than divide it." If Davis were right, it would be the first time in the history of professional sports that moving a team "united" a fanbase. Davis isn't trying to move the team to unite Raiders fans. He's doing it because it would make him richer and there's no stadium solution on the horizon in Oakland.
Tue, May 24, 2016 05:53:00 PM

An anonymous NFL owner told Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman the percentage chance the Raiders move to Las Vegas "is now 50 percent -- and maybe as high as 75."

As recently as a few years ago, that same owner said there would have been "no effing way" the NFL would have allowed a team to go to Vegas. "Las Vegas," he said, "was considered poison. That's not the case any longer. One of the things owners see is there's a lot of money to be made there. A lot of money will ease those gambling concerns." Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already came out and supported the move, which is very notable after Jones greatly influenced the Rams' move to L.A. He has a lot of pull among the league's owners. One caveat, however, is Jones has insisted Mark Davis relinquish control of the Raiders.
Fri, May 13, 2016 09:51:00 AM

Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman insists the city is not "getting played" by the Raiders.

It's always reassuring when you have to publicly state you are not getting taken advantage of. "The Raiders will come if Nevada handles this properly," Goodman said Tuesday. "(Raiders owner) Mark Davis has assured us that Las Vegas is not getting played in a Raiders stadium deal. I know we will have a team." All that may be technically true, but Davis could still be secretly counting on the league to eventually "play" Vegas as he attempts to extract a stadium deal from Oakland. Despite Vegas' enthusiasm, the city still has a number of significant hurdles to overcome before the Silver and Black can relocate to the desert.
Tue, May 10, 2016 01:56:00 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis says the team "will be the Las Vegas Raiders" if the city comes through.

"We have made a commitment to Las Vegas and that's where it stands," Davis said. "If Las Vegas can come through ... we'll be the Las Vegas Raiders. I have never used a city as a bargaining chip. This is real." There's no ambiguity in Davis' words, suggesting it's more than just a leverage play. Davis says the team is ready to contribute $500 million if the city approves a stadium plan. If it's not already too late, it's beginning to look like now-or-never for the city of Oakland.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 02:12:00 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis says the team will contribute $500 million to the Las Vegas stadium project if it's approved.

Davis is going all in on the Vegas rhetoric, saying the move would "transform" the city, and that it would be "getting everyone who has worn the silver and black for the last 56 years." Davis added "together we can turn the Silver State into the SIlver-and-Black State." Maybe "together" the sides could, but they would still need the NFL's approval. That remains the great mystery in Davis' increasingly bold and public Vegas quest.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 01:03:00 PM

The Los Angeles Daily News reports Raiders owner Mark Davis will have another meeting with Las Vegas officials on Thursday regarding a new stadium.

He'll be meeting with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, which is discussing building a 65,000 seat stadium. Per reporter Vincent Bonsignore, Davis will "offer a commitment to pursue a Raiders relocation there if financing for the $1.3 billion project is approved." Even were the project to be approved, Davis would still face significant hurdles as he attempts to move to Nevada, namely the NFL's prudishness about gambling.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 02:38:00 PM

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