NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas at league convenes Monday despite a request from the California citys mayor to delay the vote over a potential last-ditch stadium deal.
The vote was 31 -1.
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The vote was a foregone conclusion after the conference and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland’s proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public coin. Bank of America also is giving Raiders owner Mark Davis a $ 650 million loan, farther helping persuade the owners to allow the third unit relocation in exactly over a year.
The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016, and in January the Chargers relocated from San Diego to LA. The Raider likely will play two or three more years in the Bay Area before their $1.7 billion stadium near the Las Vegas strip is ready, Fox 2 reported.
Oakland’s mayor earlier Monday asked NFL owners to delay voting on the move, wanting to give her metropolitan a chance to negotiate with a small group of owners to complete a stadium spate at the Coliseum site.
“Never that we are aware of has the NFL voted to shift a team from its proven marketplace when there is a amply financed alternative before them with all the issues addressed, ” Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t do everything in my influence to make the occurrence for Oakland up until the very end.”
Schaaf said the city had presented a $1.3 billion plan for a stadium at the Coliseum site that would be ready by 2021. She said the existing Coliseum would be bulldozed by 2024, with the Oakland Athletics baseball team either moving to a new stadium at the Coliseum site or somewhere else in the city.
She too asked for owners to conduct a secret ballot on the vote, as was done last year when the conference has adopted the Rams move from St. Louis to the Los Angeles area. The Invader had hoped to move back to LA, where they played from 1982 -9 4, to share a stadium with the Chargers, but were rejected by the owners.
Schaaf said the Raiders have refused to negotiate with the city on a brand-new stadium since accomplishing a short-term lease last-place March that granted the team alternatives to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018.
The city had a deal with the Fortress Investment Group and a group is presided over by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott to build a stadium at the Coliseum site. Fortress would provide $600 million in a conventional lend, with the Thief and NFL committing $500 million and the city presenting $200 million for infrastructure funding.
“We believe that moving the Raider will be a negative` tip-off point’ for the NFL, ” a group of Raider fans said in a letter too sent to NFL owneds. “Thousands of followers may very well be turned off forever by what the hell is perceive is the NFL’s lack of loyalty to its most important constituents — the followers! “
Meanwhile, Las Vegas, long taboo to the NFL because of its legalized lottery, is going an NHL team this drop-off, the Golden Knights.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .