Over the past few years there has been a trend in the NFL – National Football League – with teams relocating.
The NFL is a $9 Billion business with an increasing emphasis on newer and bigger stadiums housing all of the latest amenities at a huge cost to host cities and fans who ultimately end up paying for the stadiums via ticket sales and tax hikes.
In the wake of the former St. Louis Rams – now Los Angeles Rams – and the former San Diego Chargers – now the Los Angeles Chargers – the Oakland Raiders are looking to make a move out of California to the entertainment capital of the desert – Las Vegas.
In the annual owners meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, the 32 NFL team owners voted 31 to 1 with only the Miami Dolphins casting a negative vote to allow the Oakland Raiders to become the Las Vegas Raiders.
However, unlike the Rams and the Chargers, the move will not be an immediate one. The new home for the Raiders will not be ready until 2020; as a result, the Raiders will remain in Oakland for at least the next two years and possibly the 2019 season.
Owned by the Davis family, the Raiders have been attempting to replace the aging Coliseum for a number of years to no avail. When the Raiders eventually move into their new home in Las Vegas, they will have a domed stadium and no longer have to worry about adverse weather conditions.
This will mark the third time that the Raiders have moved their franchise. Originating in Oakland, the Raider made a move to Los Angeles in 1982 where they spent 13 seasons before returning to Oakland in 1995.
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