The move was anticipated. Rapoport reported last week that the Raiders were prepared to file for relocation. It is the first formal step in a relocation process that won’t become official until the Raiders receive 24 votes from NFL’s owners to formally make the move, a vote that will come this spring.
The Raiders had until Feb. 24 to file relocation papers. NFL owners expected to vote on the team’s relocation proposal at Annual League Meeting in March, per Rapoport.
If the Raiders are given the green light to move from NFL owners, they would likely play at least the next two years in Oakland before relocating to their new stadium in Las Vegas for the 2020 season.
The city of Oakland has made no progress to keep the team, sources told Rapoport. It has not come up with a stadium proposal that league or independent sources believe is credible.
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