Detroit Lions' first game in Las Vegas? Could be 2019

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell left laughs as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis talks to the media after an NFL owners meeting in Houston. The Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. Clark County Commi

On Monday afternoon, the owners are expected to vote to move a team to Las Vegas, in a shiny new stadium a short Uber ride from the lights of the Las Vegas Strip.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported "there was strong sentiment" the relocation would be ratified in the vote during the NFL's annual league meetings in Phoenix, underscoring Jones' comments.

"We have been prepared for almost two years to work on finding a solution based on access to land at a certain cost, without constraints on the location of the stadium or timing of construction, and clarity on the overall development", he wrote. The NFL is reportedly leaving the door open for Oakland to get another team (expansion or relocation), but given the financial issues in play, I don't expect something anytime soon.

One option, if the team relocates early, would be to play at UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium, though it would need significant upgrades to meet National Football League standards.

The Rams moved from St Louis to Los Angeles in 2016, and in January the Chargers relocated to the same city from San Diego.

This move will be the Raiders' third and their second out of Oakland.

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Bobbitt was 11 years old in 1982, when Al Davis officially defied the owners and commissioner Pete Rozelle and took the Raiders to Los Angeles. The Raiders have never defined themselves by their city; the 13 years in Los Angeles are every bit as much a part of Raiders lore as the 45 in Oakland. As I said earlier, there's going to be some disappointed fans and angry fans, and it's going to be up to me to talk to them and let them know why, how and what has happened, and hopefully we can work things out and work together for the future.

They will play both the 2017 and 2018 seasons at the Oakland Coliseum, then move to a temporary venue in Las Vegas for the 2019 season, according to an announcement on NFL.com.

"We will compete and we will do our best to bring a championship to the entire Raider Nation". A failure to come to an agreement over the construction of a new stadium forced ownership to seek greener pastures. It did, however, find momentum and progress in Las Vegas, where a plan came together over the past year.

He has ignored attempts to keep his Raiders in the East Bay, choosing instead to focus on a stadium proposal in Las Vegas. "They certainly have not led me to feel unrealistically optimistic about what the results will be on Monday". The stadium is slated to be completed in time for the 2020 season.

It was Bank of America that ultimately secured the move with a financing plan that will call for the Raiders to contribute $500 million to the new stadium.

It will be interesting to see how fans in Oakland react to this news with regard to their season tickets and attendance at games.

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