Oakland Raiders Report: Raiders moving to Sin City

March 27, 2017

NFL, Oakland Raiders

(Photo: John Locher, AP file photo) Oakland Raiders Mark Davis takes photo with Raider fans in Las Vegas during the first investor meeting with Sands Hotel owner Sheldon Adleson in a deal that fell through. Bank of America than stepped up and now is on board to guarantee the stadium funding on the Vegas strip near the MGM Hotel for the Raiders

By Jeremy Kahn

OAKLAND–Well, Mark Davis got his wish and the Oakland Raiders will be moving out of Oakland for the second time in their 57-year history, as the other owners approved the move out of Oakland and move to Las Vegas.

The vote was 31-1, with the Miami Dolphins voting that the Raiders should stay in Oakland, where they played since 1995, after returning from Los Angeles, where they played from 1982-1994. Prior to playing in Los Angeles during those 13 years that witnessed the Raiders win Super Bowl XVIII with a resounding 38-9 victory over the Washington Redskins at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Prior to those 13 years in California’s largest city, the Raiders called the City of Oakland home from 1960-1981, where they won Super Bowl XI over the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 at the Rose Bowl and then won Super Bowl XV by the final score of 27-10 over the Philadelphia Eagles at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

“My position today was that we as owners and as a league owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted. I want to wish Mark Davis and the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement.

Unlike the Los Angeles Rams, who moved back to California prior to the 2016 season, and the Los Angeles Chargers, who are moving back to their original home, where they played in their inaugural season of 1960, the Raiders will remain in Oakland during the 2017 and 2018 and possibly the 2019 season, before their new stadium will be complete.

“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness,” Davis said in a statement. “I would like to thank Commissioner [Roger] Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality.”

Davis continued: “The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. 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 opens. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area.”

The Raiders are the only NFL team to share their stadium with a Major League Baseball, as the Oakland A’s have played in the Coliseum since moving to California from Kansas City in time for the 1968 season.

ESPN.com contributed to this report.


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