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It's official: NFL owners approve Raiders' move to Las Vegas

Ken Mclin holds up a Raiders banner Monday, March 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. NFL team owners approved the move of the Raiders to Las Vegas in a vote at an NFL football annual meeting in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Goodbye, Oakland. Hello, Las Vegas.

In an announcement at the annual NFL owners meeting on Monday, officials with the NFL revealed that the Raiders received enough votes to move to Las Vegas, with a total of 31 votes for the move and one vote against it.

The lone "no" vote came from the owner of the Miami Dolphins.


Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak released the following statement after the official announcement:

“Wow! Our football dreams have come true. First, I would like to thank Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson for their initiative and leadership, which ultimately made today possible. I would also like to thank Gov. Brian Sandoval, the Nevada Legislature, Laborers Local 872, Mark Davis and all the NFL owners who have delivered generations of excitement to every fan of the NFL and Raiders in Nevada. But today’s decision means even more to us here as it will elevate the UNLV football program to never-before-seen heights, create thousands of construction and permanent jobs, and draw tens-of-thousands of new tourists to Southern Nevada. On behalf of all the citizens of Clark County, it is my pleasure to say to the Raiders, Raider Nation and the entire NFL – Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada!”

According to Sisolak, the stadium will take about 32 months to build, so the hope is for a 2020 season for the Raiders in Las Vegas.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval was with News 3 as the official announcement was made.

"You know, I wish I had words for how big it is because there are only a set amount of franchises and for Las Vegas to be one of those really sends a message that again, Las Vegas is on the map. We're here, we've arrived. We are the entertainment capital of the world, we have the best hotels, we have the best shows, we have it all. And now, NFL franchise as well as an NHL franchise," said Sandoval.

Sandoval also released the following statement:

“This is a monumental day for Las Vegas and the entire State of Nevada. I would like to express my gratitude to Mark Davis, the Raiders franchise and the NFL owners for their belief in the potential of our state. I would also like to thank the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, the Legislature, and everyone who worked to make this idea a reality and for their continued due diligence. The Stadium Authority Board will continue its work to finalize the details but the terms of the deal are established into law and no additional taxpayer funds will be expended.”

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As owners convened in Phoenix at the Arizona Biltmore this past weekend, many said they didn't see any opposition to the move and that Raiders owner Mark Davis would likely get the 24 votes (out of 32) needed to make the switch.

A joint press conference was held with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Davis, shortly after the Raiders' presentation to owners.

During the conference, Davis reiterated to fans in Oakland that it was he who made the decision to move to Las Vegas, not the decision of the players or the coaches.

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While Oakland has fought to keep the Raiders in the Bay Area, Southern Nevada has agreed to provide what the Raiders want: a new stadium provided by public funding.

In the second week of March, the Raiders presented a revised funding plan to the NFL's stadium and finance committee.

The $1.9 billion stadium would likely be located near the south Las Vegas Strip, with $750 million coming from public funding via a hotel room tax, $500 million would come from the Raiders and NFL, and Bank of America will fund the additional $650 million.

The annual league meetings are expected to run through Wednesday.


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