After years of talk and what seems like decades of planning, NFL football is finally coming to Las Vegas. After a 31-1 vote (Miami Dolphins were the only no vote) the Raiders have been approved to relocate to "Sin City." Raiders owner Mark Davis needed 24 "yes" votes for the proposal to be ratified.
Davis released a statement on the decision, per Will Brinson of CBS Sports:
Despite getting approval, the Raiders will play their home games in Oakland for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Raiders also will now have to search for a place to build their new stadium.
It will be an interesting dynamic in Oakland for the next two years as fans of the Raiders have to be disappointed to be losing their team and they are known for being a more "rowdy" crowd than other NFL fan bases. Many experts believe that the die-hard fans will still support the team in it's new location, but Davis has told fans in Oakland that if any of the season ticket holders wish to return their tickets they will be offered a full refund.
The Raiders will now be playing in the third city as they once moved from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982, then back to Oakland in 1995. The move also marks the third that's been approved by the NFL's owners since the start of 2016 after the Rams and Chargers both left for Los Angeles.