Raiders moving to Las Vegas, Ross votes against it
DAVIE, Fla. (CBS12) —
The Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas after acquiring enough votes from NFL owners on Monday.
The Raiders needed 24 "yes" votes to secure the relocation, and they received 31. The lone "no" vote came from Miami Dolphin's owner Stephen Ross.
“My position today was that we as owners and as a League owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted," Ross' statement said. "I want to wish Mark Davis and the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas.”
The Raiders will play two more seasons in the Oakland-Atameda County Coliseum, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the relocation will provide the league and the Raiders with more long term security.
However fans in the Bay Area do not seem as pleased.
"We're particularly disappointed for the fans in Oakland" Goodell said, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
A major reason of the relocation is due to Oakland officials not wanting to ask the public to finance the stadium, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur.
This will be the franchise’s second move, after previously leaving Oakland for Los Angeles in 1982.