Gabrielle McMillen Omnisport
The organization filed it’s relocation paperwork with the NFL to move from Oakland, the league announced Thursday.
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While there has been talk and stadium negotiations for months, this is a concrete sign the team could be moving, an official step in the process.
The Raiders now must receive 24 votes from 32 NFL owners to approve the move. Chances are, the teams will vote on the relocation at the Annual League Meeting in March.
The City of Oakland hasn’t made a concerted effort to keep the team, while proponents of moving the team to Las Vegas have drawn out plans for a new $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium, a budget plan and other incentives.
Should the NFL owners approve of the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, it won’t happen immediately. The team will likely play another two years in Oakland and make its debut in Vegas in 2020.