Raiders file paperwork for Las Vegas move


The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to relocate to Las Vegas, the NFL announced on Thursday.

A statement from the league read: "The Oakland Raiders submitted an application to relocate their franchise to Las Vegas, as is provided for under the NFL Policy and Procedures for Proposed Franchise Relocations. ? 

"The application will be reviewed in the coming weeks by league staff and the Stadium and Finance Committees. The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL clubs (24 of 32)."    

The teams will vote on the relocation at the Annual League Meeting in March.

The City of Oakland has not made a concerted effort to keep the team, while proponents of moving the team to Las Vegas have drawn out plans for a new $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium, a budget plan and other incentives.

Should the NFL owners approve of the relocation, it will not happen immediately. The team will likely play another two years in Oakland and make its debut in Vegas in 2020.