The Oakland Raiders are officially no more. The NFL’s 32 owners voted on the franchise’s potential move to Las Vegas and the vote almost unanimously passed. Only 24 votes were needed but 31 owners approved of the move. Only the Miami Dolphins voted no, so this means Jeffrey Lurie was among the many who voted yes.
And so now we officially have: the Las Vegas Raiders. Sort of.
The Raiders will actually still play in Oakland in 2017 and 2018, so that’s pretty awkward. Then in 2019 they’ll move 500 miles east from their current location to Sin City.
The Eagles play the Raiders this season but the game will take place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Eagles won’t play the Raiders again until 2021. That’s the first time they’ll place the Raiders in Las Vegas.
The Raiders are just one of a few NFL teams to relocate in recent years. The St. Louis Rams became the Los Angeles Rams last year. The San Diego Chargers are a thing of the past; they’ll play in Los Angeles as well.