It was a landslide.
The NFL owners voted in favor of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas by a vote of 31-1. The Miami Dolphins (Stephen Ross) was the only team to vote against the Raiders leaving Oakland.
The move to Las Vegas marks the second time the Raiders will leave Oakland, a city they've called him for over 35 years. The franchise first started playing in Oakland in 1966 but left for Los Angeles in 1981 where they played at the LA Coliseum until 1994. Then they moved back to Oakland in 1995 and have been playing there for the last two decades. They'll continue to play in Oakland in 2017 and possibly in 2018...which shouldn't be awkward at all right?
The Raiders are a good team RIGHT NOW. They made the playoffs in 2016 after finishing 12-4 and have one of the youngest rosters in the league. But what type of support can the Raiders expect from a city/fanbase that is about to lose their franchise to another city (AGAIN) in a year or two?
Here's a statement to the fans from Raiders owner Mark Davis:
“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.”
Quick look at twitter and some Raiders fans aren't taking the news too well (warning tweets contain graphic language)
and I'm sure you get the point...
The announcement of the Raiders leaving Oakland marks the third time in little over a year that an NFL team announced they are moving to a new city. First it was the Rams leaving St. Louis for Los Angeles. Then the Chargers moved from San Diego to LA and now the Raiders moving from California to Nevada.