Of course, the team filed relocation papers to Los Angeles last year, and that didn’t quite work out. Thursday’s move was expected and is largely procedural.
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The Raiders reportedly have the funding in place for a $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas that could open in 2020, but hurdles still remain there. Plus, Oakland – even though it hasn’t done so yet and it is an extreme long shot to change its stance – could make a stronger push to keep the team with a new stadium proposal in that city.
What this does is clear the way for is a possible vote at the NFL owners meetings in March. If the matter would come to vote, 24 owners would need to approve such a move, and the Raiders would still likely play two or three more years in Oakland before relocating.