As if there was any doubt left, the Oakland Raiders filed the necessary paperwork to become the first NFL team in Las Vegas.
The news that the team filed the documents to the league broke on Twitter thanks to Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak on Thursday morning.
— Steve Sisolak (@SteveSisolak) January 19, 2017
This move has been in the works for months — if not longer — and seemed to become more of an inevitability as more NFL power brokers co-signed the Raiders jetting the East Bay.
Early on, it was Jerry Jones who hinted he liked the idea after the Nevada state government cleared the way for $750 million in taxpayer money to be spent on a stadium. Then, a proposal by a Ronnie Lott-led group to keep the team in Oakland was cast aside by commissioner Roger Gooddell shortly after it was released.
And last week, the Raiders presented to a couple key league committees about the financial feasibility of the move and all reports indicated that they were impressed.
The NFL confirmed they received the paperwork Thursday morning:
Our statement re Raiders. pic.twitter.com/Ru4BNulNUK
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) January 19, 2017
There are still some hurdles, like the owner vote this spring and figuring out what role casino magnate Sheldon Adelson will play in the relocation — if any. But, in either case, it appears less likely by the day that the Raiders will stay in Oakland past the 2020 season.Las VegasMark DavisNFLOakland Raidersrelocationsheldon adelson