The Oakland Raiders will move to Las Vegas after gathering more than the required 24 votes from NFL owners to relocate a franchise. The move is surprising considering the NFL strongly opposes Sports betting with a 31-1 vote with the Miami Dolphins being the only team to vote in the opposite direction. In a two year span, the NFL has seen the Los Angele Rams, the Los Angles Chargers and now the Raiders all move in favor of high-end facilities and new stadiums which left fans angry and upset at ownership.
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— NFL (@NFL) March 27, 2017
The Raiders will spend the next two seasons in Oakland before officially moving to Vegas for the 2019-2020 season, which season ticket sales have already begun just a day after winning the vote to relocate. Oakland has announced to fans that they can put down a $100 deposit on season tickets for the $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat dome stadium (to be constructed) which will be shared with UNLV. Current owner Mark Davis told ESPN he plans on holding onto a pair of one-year options at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum until the new stadium is finished. “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.”
— Peter Joe (@RaiderPosts) March 28, 2017
In 1982, Al Davis moved the Raiders to Los Angeles after 22 seasons in Oakland, now his son is moving the Raiders 22 years after returning to Oakland. Las Vegas residents are excited for their second professional franchise to move there in a year span, so much that according to USA Today there is a man named Dennis Hof who will open a Raiders-themed brothel to coincide with Vegas move, which will include team specials.