Raiders’ move to Las Vegas approved

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The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.

NFL owners today approved the move of the team from Oakland (where they’re playing in a rickety old stadium) to Las Vegas (where taxpayers will foot a large portion of the bill for a shiny new stadium). According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the vote was 31-1, with only the Dolphins objecting.

They won’t become the Las Vegas Raiders immediately, as the team plans to continue playing in Oakland at least for the 2017 season and probably for 2018 as well, while the new stadium is built. That will create an awkward situation where the home fans are cheering for a team that is about to pack up and leave.

But that has happened before in the NFL, and it will now happen again, and the reason is always the same: money. Raiders owner Mark Davis can make more green in Vegas than he could in Oakland, and so the Silver and Black is moving.

99 responses to “Raiders’ move to Las Vegas approved

  1. So I guess this means the approval was pushed thru before anyone realized that sports betting is legal in Nevada? That’s amazing, isn’t it, Mike?

  2. Bouya!

    Condolences to the fans in Oakland. I’ve never gone there for a game but I’ll go see them play in Vegas a couple of times a year.

  3. Oakland fans suffered through all those years of mediocrity and just when things start to look up…

  4. Are they going to remain the Raiders? I can’t imagine an NFL without them, but Vegas isn’t exactly known for pirates. Then again, not many lions are found in detroit

  5. Its official! Raider fan is kicked in the teeth again. You have nobody to blame but yourselves. There was plenty of money in Bay Area but nobody wanted to step up to help! Hopefully, the Vegas Radiers won’t need your tarp after a couple of years!

  6. The Raiders, a team without a permanent home. They won’t have any loyal fans in transient Vegas. Total business move to sell Raiders stuff when tourists are in town. Not a good move for developing young players.

  7. Stop going to games and stop watching commercials! All the owners think we are suckers. It could be your team next. This has to stop. We invested in our team and can lose it any time.

  8. They won’t become the Las Vegas Raiders immediately, as the team plans to continue playing in Oakland at least for the 2017 season and possibly for 2018 as well, while the new stadium is built. That will create an awkward situation where the home fans are cheering for a team that is about to pack up and leave.
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    There’s word on the street that they may play at Levi’s stadium for a couple seasons. Except for the obnoxious JoeToronto and RaiderRob, I don’t dislike their fans. But putting Niners fans and Raiders fans together in a stadium would be the worst thing they could possibly do. Having them play in Oakland the next year or two is like kicking your girlfriend out of your house, but letting her sleep on the couch until she finds a new place to live.

  9. Just a bunch of wrinkly, old, white billionaires putting their stench of approval on everything they touch for the sake of the almighty dollar. Sounds familiar.

  10. Will the raiders try to market the entire state of Nevada such as Reno also? Would Reno be in that tv market?

  11. “I don’t know why the Raiders seem to hate Oakland so much. Those are fans that stay with them through think and thin.”

    There are $750 million reasons for the Raiders to prefer Vegas over Oakland.

  12. Sad really. Feel bad for the fans.

    That being said, Oakland has known for years they needed to step up to the plate and get a deal done. They didn’t, now they are the Las Vegas Raiders.

  13. Can we please stop with the tired “taxpayers footing the bill” nonsense? Unless you’re going to also complain about taxpayers footing the bill for arts centers, museums, libraries, etc.

  14. scoops1 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 2:15 PM
    expect the Raiders to wear the white jerseys at home with that Vegas sun beating down on em
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    There is no hit sun in the fall and winter
    Maybe a little in sept but from oct thru jan it gets chilly in vegas

  15. what a crappy city to be in. first you will lose the warriors to san fran then following year the raiders will go to vegas. How about them A’s oh yeah sorry its not the 80s any more.

  16. long time raider fan here… looks like I’m getting my Sundays back, because I wont be buying the NFL ticket and I am sure not going to watch the niners.

    screw the nfl. I already had stopped watching the thursday/sunday/ monday nite games. Now I wont watch at all. If the city of Oakland had any heart they would not allow them to play at the coliseum the next two years while they build the new stadium. Go play in Santa Clara

  17. Sorry, but Oakland is a hell-hole. Both the stadium and the location are awful. I can see a team looking to locate to San Diego in the next 5-10 years, but it will be a long time before you a team looking at Oakland.

    Of course it is about money, but Davis really tried to work with Oakland for a number of years, but got the cold shoulder. They probably should have stayed in LA in the first place, but Las Vegas is the best move available right now. Hopefully, they will eventually build a retractable roof stadium. It gets hot in that desert during the day.

  18. I still don’t believe the stadium gets built. The money seems iffy – even if the city kicks in more than it said it would. Adelsohn might decide to make things difficult. And two years is a short amount of time to build.

  19. Don’t we remember the last time a team stayed in a town for a year after announcing that they were moving? Houston, we have a problem…and they certainly did. If you’re going to move, you may as well go play in Sam Boyd now. If the Chargers can play in StubHub, you can play in Sam Boyd. No sense in staying in a market you’re deserting.

  20. Oakland fans should let them play in an empty stadium for most of their games the next two years.

    If there is one shining light, maybe the town could get rewarded with a SB contender the next few years on the way out. I cannot imagine my home team moving. Has to be a sickening day for those fans…

  21. No dog in this fight but a sad day indeed for one of the storied franchises in the NFL. It will and always will be……about the money.

  22. scoops1 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 2:15 PM
    expect the Raiders to wear the white jerseys at home with that Vegas sun beating down on em

    They will be playing in a dome, so the sun won’t be an issue. However, they should wear white for all home games, since all of the fans of the opposing team will fill up most of the seats.

  23. No one to blame but the politicians. Same as Baltimore, Cleveland and St Louis. We learned long ago here at the heart of the Chesapeake that money talks and BS walks-or leaves at 2am in Mayflower trucks. Sad thing is, Oakland can’t afford to be big league anymore.

  24. Would’ve loved to see them stay in Oakland, but bottom line is the city just didn’t want to play ball. They have been promised a new stadium since they returned to Oakland in ’95. 22 years later and they are still stuck with that outhouse of a stadium.

    I know some fans will be pissed, but if you didn’t get what you were promised after more than two decades, wouldn’t you walk too? Yes you would.

    Bottom line, I am a RAIDERS fan, not a fan of any city. So it’ll be great to (finally) see my team in a stadium that they (and we) deserve!!

  25. If I’m not mistaken, the reason any business owner is in business is to make money. NFL owners are no different. And NFL teams and their stadiums are not the only businesses to have ever been given tax payer dollars to help a business along. It happens all the time with tax breaks for new business start ups. Why should the Raiders be any different?? They certainly aren’t looking to lose money.

  26. i am disappointed for the NFL and for the real Raider fans. this is godell playing to the casual fan and the quick buck. as a Browns fan, i am also disappointed that haslam voted to approve the move. having experienced a team moving i would reflexively vote against any team leaving their city. i mean what is next for godell? perhaps relocating the Chiefs or the Saints to Mexico City?

  27. Oakland fans should stay away from the games. The team will still get paid, but hit them in the concessions. There’s no reason to support that team.

  28. So I guess this means the approval was pushed thru before anyone realized that sports betting is legal in Nevada? That’s amazing, isn’t it, Mike?

    Guess what? There is sports betting going on in every city in the country! Only difference is in Las Vegas it is open and regulated.

  29. This is a sad day for us older NFL fans….a team steeped in pro football lore …and one that history will never forget with all the unforgettable players and teams the Raiders have produced is no more
    We fans feel your pain….the only true nation
    RAIDER NATION

    Much respect…boys fan

  30. Sad for Oakland . This is the NFL. Other cities that will need new stadiums should take note of the recent franchise moves the past year. If an owner wants a new stadium and wants the city to pay for it , you better get it done if you want to keep your team. The state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas came up with $750 million plus another $200 million for stadium upgrades . That’s nearly $ 1 billion . So good luck Nashville ,Jacksonville , New Orleans , Buffalo and any other NFL city that its owner demands a new stadium and you foot the bill.

  31. Can we please stop with the tired “taxpayers footing the bill” nonsense? Unless you’re going to also complain about taxpayers footing the bill for arts centers, museums, libraries, etc.

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    Art centers, museums, libraries are almost always owned by the government and are not private for profit entities whereas a sports team worth billions is always a private for profit business. Hope that fixes it for you!

  32. “Can we please stop with the tired “taxpayers footing the bill” nonsense? Unless you’re going to also complain about taxpayers footing the bill for arts centers, museums, libraries, etc.”
    Stupidest analogy of the day, unless you’re speaking of all of those libraries and museums that are owned by billionaires and charge $100 admission.(not including parking)

  33. Within 10 years, they will have to relocate again. Can anyone not see the major gambling scandal coming? Not to mention the major player issues with gambling, hookers, drugs, and other temptations in Vegas that will make the owners regret this day.

  34. “All in favor of massive greed raise your hands!”

    32 hands in the air so fast Marc Davis’ toupee came flying off from the breeze

  35. One headline should read: “Dolphins Ross casts lone dissenting vote in desperate effort to gain disaffected Raider fans”.

  36. raiderheart says:
    Mar 27, 2017 2:14 PM
    Goodbye home field advantage. Goodbye to one of the greatest tailgating experiences in the NFL!
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    And hello to the Super Bowl’s newest favorite destination!
    NOLA is going to need a shiny new facility to even get a whiff of one now

  37. Oakland Raiders, LA Raiders, back to Oakland Raiders and now Las Vegas Raiders, don’t matter to me– Still my Silver & Black!!!!!

  38. They have the worst stadium in the NFL. But, it’s obvious the NFL is once again choosing profit over fans.

    I wish more Owners would foot the bill for their stadium. I don’t mind taxpayers paying for the stadiums, if it passes a local vote (although, I’d say don’t do it, tax money can be spent in better ways).

  39. I wonder what Marshawn Lynch thinks about this move, because he was excited to play for his hometown team…

  40. Every NFL team makes money. The NFL’s TV deals ensure that. The Raiders are profitable in Oakland, their attendance is solid but this is about the Raiders making more money. The City of Oakland cannot afford a billion dollars to hang on to the Raiders. They just can’t. That isn’t going to change anytime soon either.

    I agree with the poster who said the Raiders should just move to Sam Boyd Stadium this season. The Raiders stayin in Oakland there while their new stadium is built in Vegas amounts to kicking Oakland while they’re down. Make the move or don’t.

  41. Why not just cancel all contracts in Oakland( there had to be language in them if a moved was announced) and start playing at Sam Boyd while the new stadium is built? The schedule hasn’t been released , there is plenty of time to make it work. There are too many things that could happen in Oakland with so many crazy people walking around.

  42. scoops1 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 2:15 PM

    expect the Raiders to wear the white jerseys at home with that Vegas sun beating down on em
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    They’ll be playing in an air conditioned enclosed stadium.

  43. Of course the NFL is choosing money over fans. Even without being political, why does this surprise anyone? It is interesting that we haven’t seen a this kind of sports presence in Vegas before, it’ll be interesting to see if works out financially and is able to develop a solid home team fan base. (I don’t know my Vegas history… outside of boxing, has there been past attempts to sporting events as an attraction?)

    And as for “but Vegas isn’t exactly known for pirates” – umm… Treasure Island?

  44. rainsarge says:
    Mar 27, 2017 2:15 PM

    I don’t know why the Raiders seem to hate Oakland so much. Those are fans that stay with them through think and thin. ——————————————————————————–We love Oakland; what we hate is an old disintegrating, stench filled coliseum, and the lack of cooperation from the City/County leaders [which spans decades] . I will follow my Raiders anywhere

  45. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Mar 27, 2017 2:14 PM
    So I guess this means the approval was pushed thru before anyone realized that sports betting is legal in Nevada? That’s amazing, isn’t it, Mike?

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    Sports betting has always been legal in NV. Wherever they played. The fact that they will now be located there has zero, ZERO impact on sports betting . The lack of insight or common sense among posters is baffling to me.

  46. As a Raiders fan, I wish Davis would have sold the team, and the new owner would have kept the team in Oakland.The money is there in the Bay area, Davis just didn’t have it. Regardless, the Raiders have been my team for 43 years. Always will be.

  47. I thought (since there were such bad feelings when the Colts moved to Indy) that when a team moves, the old name stays with the old city. Ergo….the Baltimore Ravens. Don’t they need to rename the team??? How about the Vegas Rat Pack????

  48. mortyglickstein says:
    Mar 27, 2017 2:13 PM
    First bet.
    What are the “odds” of a lot backlash from Raiders fans?
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    Nice try with the pun – answer is none. I used to live in Vegas, now live in TX but will always love the Raiders. Raider fans are all over the world. I lived in LA when they were the LA Raiders, and when they won the Super Bowl for LA – the only SB for LA. I don’t care if they become the Buenos Aires Raiders or the Shanghai Raiders – one thing remains the same – they are always the RAIDERS!

  49. The Raiders can change their name to something very appropriate; the Las Vegas Gamblers. The name has been “available” since the USFL’s demise.

  50. rdrs68 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 3:12 PM

    Can we please stop with the tired “taxpayers footing the bill” nonsense? Unless you’re going to also complain about taxpayers footing the bill for arts centers, museums, libraries, etc.
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    Art centers, museums, libraries are almost always owned by the government and are not private for profit entities whereas a sports team worth billions is always a private for profit business. Hope that fixes it for you!
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    Oil companies, auto manufacturers, technical and defense companies, farmers and myriad others are privately held enterprises as well. And all benefit from tax dollars as well as other special concessions. And I certainly hope that fixes it for you!!

  51. rje49 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 4:18 PM

    The Raiders can change their name to something very appropriate; the Las Vegas Gamblers. The name has been “available” since the USFL’s demise.
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    The demise of the USFL. Another thing to thank trump for.

  52. Owning a home in Michigan, I’ve been a Lions fan for more than 50 years. And now also having a vacation home in Vegas, I am officially a Raiders fan as well. Go Lions! Go Raiders!!

  53. retiredrichardsandberg says:
    Mar 27, 2017 4:16 PM

    I thought (since there were such bad feelings when the Colts moved to Indy) that when a team moves, the old name stays with the old city. Ergo….the Baltimore Ravens. Don’t they need to rename the team??? How about the Vegas Rat Pack????
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    How did the Minneapolis Lakers become the Los Angeles Lakers? Or the Boston Braves the Milwaukee Braves and then the Atlanta Braves?
    The Las Vegas Raiders has a nice ring to it.

  54. rdrs68……. Not saying cities footing the bill is good or bad. Each city has to decide that. What I am saying is if an owner wants the city to foot the bill , they better find a way to make it happen or their team will move. Oakland and San Diego had plenty of time to come up with a plan . Why would an owner spend his own money if a city will give him everything he wants ?

  55. Well, I hope the Raiders are going to be able to eat their losses over the next two years.

    Regardless of whose fault it is, the Raiders are leaving, and they can’t expect their fans in Oakland to keep patronizing them while they use the city of Oakland as a lifeline.

  56. As a broncos fan, the raiders belong in Oakland. Even tho they was sorry for years that black hole was always something serious. Stupid move.

  57. gschatman says:
    Mar 27, 2017 3:14 PM

    Man it’s like when your ex-wife marries your best friend. Or you thought he was.

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    And she upgrades from your dingy apartment to a mansion!

  58. Mark Davis must be the worst negotiator. That stadium has been a disaster for 20 years. In all that time – the countless new stadiums built and you couldn’t leverage a new one out of Oakland. Share Levi stadium with the 49ers or use Stanfords stadium while a new one was built. Seriously – you sat back and got outmaneuvered by the Rams, Chargers, 49erss etc. Vegas may be great – but you should have been able to get a stadium deal done

  59. As a Bucanneers fan, this SUCKS!!! I’m all for tradition. The Raiders belong in Oakland!!!!

  60. Great! Now I can go back to not caring about the raiders at all. I HATE them in Oakland, didn’t care in LA, HATED them again in Oakland (rd 2), and now LV? Don’t care. They are only the Raiders in Oakland. I hate them, but respect them and their real fans. The ones in Oakland. A sad day for true fans…

  61. joetoronto says:
    Mar 27, 2017 2:14 PM
    Bouya!

    Condolences to the fans in Oakland. I’ve never gone there for a game but I’ll go see them play in Vegas a couple of times a year.
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    Not without a job you won’t, unless you are going to sponge off your family, which I don’t doubt.

  62. Oh well. Yet, I imagine this would mean more money for Oakland at not being required to spend millions of dollars accommodating a football team to which most of its players do not contribute back to Oakland, but take all that money that made in Oakland back to their communities outside of Oakland. Additionally, Oakland who is barely breaking even in its city budget may find this move to its advantage when it comes to maintaining a balanced budget. Therefore, this slap in the face against Oakland by the owners of the Raiders appears to have given Oakland a bit of a financial advantage and can now focus on maintaining the property and dealing with paying back bonds to which it went into debt to accommodate the Raiders. Additionally after being in Oakland for almost 50 years, the name Raiders will always be linked to Oakland, California and not Vegas. Therefore, perhaps the owners’ should consider changing the name from Raiders to the Vegas High Rollers.

  63. I feel for the hard core Raider fans…I get it…the fans are so loyal and have been through the good and bad times. This isn’t their fault whatsoever. The Raiders have needed a new stadium for years and unfortunately couldn’t get it done in Oakland. At the same time I feel so excited for Las Vegas to aquire such a storied franchise with an amazing rich NFL history. I welcome the Las Vegas Raiders and sincerely hope the Raider nation will continue to support the Raiders as they have in the past. GO LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

  64. Silver and Black for life. Tradition of Excellence never wavers in our Nation! Raider Nation!

  65. Don’t go to the games and don’t buy their stuff.

    They will never have a home field advantage in their new stadium. There will be more visitors than home field fans. I suspect the team will also have to deal with more discipline problems than other teams too.

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