Over the last couple years, there have been a number of franchises in the NFL who have relocated and rebranded. Recently, the Chargers announced a move from San Diego to Los Angeles, and the Rams recently made a similar to move to Los Angeles from Saint Louis.
Joining in on the recent moves now appears to be involving the Oakland Raiders. After months of rumors, they now appear to be officially making a move to Las Vegas. Reports now indicate that the Raiders have filed paperwork with the league to officially relocate, which only begins the process of what needs to be done to make the move official.
The biggest roadblock moving forward to make the move official is likely to be involving the vote of NFL owners, which is expected to come in March. In order to make it official, 24 of the 32 clubs must affirmatively vote to approve the move. For years, the Raiders have been trying to build a new stadium, as they currently share the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with the Oakland Athletic’s. The Coliseum was built in 1966.
Already, Nevada officials have approved $750 million to be given out to team ownership to build a new stadium in Las Vegas. This number would not fund the entirety of the project, as the proposed stadium would cost a total of $1.7 billion.
In the past, the Raiders have very publicly considered relocating to Los Angeles as well. The franchise was initially created in Oakland in 1960, but they did call Los Angeles home between 1982 and 1994. After the league approved the Chargers to move to LA, it became clear that this was not an option to make the move once again.
In addition to the funding which has been approved by state legislators, owner Al Davis has said he is willing to put $500 million into the project, and billionaire Sheldon Adelson has said he will pitch in an additional $650 million.
Logistically, the move should not cause any realignment within divisions or conferences. With Las Vegas being on the west coast, there should not be any conflicts involving scheduling or anything similar moving forward, as a result of the move.
What do you think about the decision? Can Las Vegas successfully be the hometown of a major, professional sports team? Let HYPELINE News know what you think in the comments!
(h/t SB Nation)