Raiders file papers to leave Oakland
The Oakland Raiders officially filed paperwork with the National Football League Thursday seeking permission to move to Las Vegas, the NFL confirmed.
NFL officials said in a statement:
“The application will be reviewed in the coming weeks by league staff and the stadium and finance committees.”
The move would require approval by three-fourths of the league’s 32 team owners.
The Raiders have been seeking a new stadium for years, most recently being turned down for a proposed move to Los Angeles. The team has been talking to officials in Nevada for months about potentially building a stadium in Las Vegas and the state has pledged up to $750 million in new hotel tax revenue.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has vowed not to use public money for the construction of a new stadium, though did propose a deal that would provide $200 million in unspecified infrastructure costs.
That proposal, which would be largely bankrolled by an investment group headed by former San Francisco 49ers star Ronnie Lott, was approved by the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors last month, but so far the team has shown little interest in it.
Representatives of the Raiders and the mayor’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.