National Football League takes Vegas gamble with approval to move Oakland Raiders, fans divided

When the final vote came down for National Football League owners regarding the proposal that would send the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, there was but one dissent.

Ken Mclin holds up a Raiders banner Monday, March 27, 2017, in Las Vegas.

ESPN noted that the Raiders' star quarterback, Derek Carr, tweeted a statement thick with mixed feelings about the move.

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin). The Raiders will continue to practice at the team's facility in Alameda, California, while they remain in Oakland.

It appears that the Raiders are already making contingency plans in case their divorce with the city of Oakland gets messy.

Mark Davis also confirmed that they are going to stay for two next years in Oakland.

The NFL tweeted a photo with the caption, the Las Vegas Raiders. Miami was the lone dissenter.

"I used to be", he responded. "We're still the Raiders and we represent Raider Nation". Home for the Raiders in 2019 is still undecided. "We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area", he said. I feel like all fans should feel that way. To lead this team here and now.

"We understand the Raiders' need for a new stadium", A's President Dave Kaval said. "We needed to provide certainties and stability for the Raiders and the league".

Green Day hails from the Oakland side of the Bay Area, where the group got its start as part of the fertile Gilman Street scene during the late 80s and early 90s. In the first of those, they won the Super Bowl despite being (sort of) on their way out. Who was the one dissenting vote?

- 49ers' general manager John Lynch getting his swing at the piñata by saying Monday, "Raider fans, we're open for business. The ones who gave their life blood to you, you lost them forever". I wouldn't attend a game. "Oakland is an incredible sports town and we would be sorry to see them leave". The deadline for the Raiders to exercise the team's option for the 2018 season is March of next year.

Davis also said he'd refund money spent on season tickets, per Rapoport, which could put a further dent in the team's attendance. The stadium is slated to be completed in time for the 2020 season.

There are other potential hang-ups that could slow construction of the Las Vegas stadium, which doesn't have a definite site yet.

  • Julie Sanders