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NFL owners vote to move the Raiders to Las Vegas

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio responds
Posted at 11:28 AM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 13:52:47-04

UPDATE MARCH 28: As the owners returned to the meeting rooms to discuss rule changes, the coaches took their seats in front of the media.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio took center stage at that event. Del Rio grew up just miles from the Oakland Coliseum so he says the move is bittersweet.

"We have some real die-hards. We draw globally," he said. "I'm sure people are angry and can't, won't get over it. That's understandable."

Del Rio was also asked about changes in connection with Las Vegas' 24-hour culture. He said there probably would be some, but said they deal with similar situations like New York and New Orleans.


NFL owners voted to send the Raiders to Las Vegas during a meeting in Phoenix on March 27.

The vote for approval was 31-1, with the owner of the Miami Dolphins casting the single vote against the move.

"I mean I think if the owner has been more proactive," said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on his dissenting vote. "You can only move the team, I mean you can only make a deal when the owner wants to."

The New York Giants owner John Mara said, "There was no acceptable solution in Oakland and there was a very acceptable solution in Las Vegas."

Officials in Las Vegas and Nevada have shown their excitement about the Raiders move.

"Our football dreams have come true," said Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak. "On behalf of all the citizens of Clark County, it is my pleasure to say to the Raiders, Raider Nation and the entire NFL – Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada!”

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Sisolak also added that the move will "elevate the UNLV football program to never-before-seen heights," and stimulate Nevada's economy through new construction jobs and an influx of tourists.

Meanwhile, Gov. Brian Sandoval released a statement, calling it “a monumental day for Las Vegas and the entire State of Nevada."

He added, "I would like to express my gratitude to Mark Davis, the Raiders franchise and the NFL owners for their belief in the potential of our state. I would also like to thank the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, the Legislature, and everyone who worked to make this idea a reality and for their continued due diligence. The Stadium Authority Board will continue its work to finalize the details but the terms of the deal are established into law and no additional taxpayer funds will be expended.”

Local Congresswoman Dina Titus looks forward to the move.

“The Raiders’ loyal fan base and celebrated franchise fit perfectly with the expanded professional sports presence in Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World. I look forward to cheering on the Silver and Black right here in District One," she said in a statement.

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