It's Official: the Raiders Are Moving to Las Vegas
2020 move approved by NFL owners
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2017 2:10 PM CDT
In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, center, meets with Raiders fans after speaking at a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

(Newser) – The Oakland Raiders will soon be the Las Vegas Raiders. The football team's move to Sin City was approved in a 31-1 vote of NFL owners Monday, Sports Illustrated reports. Miami was the only city to oppose the move, which will take place in 2020. "The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA," Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. "We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches, and staff. We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium," a planned 65,000-seat dome in Las Vegas, "opens. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area." More on the move:

  • NFL Media columnist Michael Silver notes that the Raiders have already "abandoned" Oakland once before (for a 13-year stint in Los Angeles), but even then, fans remained loyal. His take on "the complicated emotional bond between city and team" here.
  • Got questions? ESPN has an exhaustive FAQ on how the move came about here.
  • Why did Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross vote against the move? Likely because he's concerned about the idea of a team's "legacy" in a certain city, NESN explains.
  • Oakland will actually come out ahead financially when the Raiders leave town, thanks to the excessive cost of game days, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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