It looks like it’s official. The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.
NFL owners voted on Monday (March 27) on whether or not the Oakland Raiders can relocate to Southern Nevada… and the team garnered 31 of 32 votes to approve the move.
The Raiders needed just 24 votes, and the Miami Dolphins were the only team to vote against the move.
“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. I want to wish Mark Davis and the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told the Palm Beach Post.
While it’s now official, the Raiders will still play in Oakland in 2017… and possibly longer.
Raiders owner Mark Davis tells ESPN that he plans to stay in Oakland for the next two season, as they hold two one-year options at the Oakland Coliseum. Also, the 65,000-seat domed stadium — which will be shared with UNLV — is not expected to open until 2020. It will cost $1.9 billion.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr took to Twitter following the news, expressing mixed emotions over the move.