Las Vegas Raiders?
By Naomi W.
A 31-1 vote moves the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Against all odds, the NFL approved the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas. Even with its reputation and small population the NFL approved the building of a $1.9 billion domed stadium. Owners of the team have argued to keep the team in Oakland, California, but the NFL justifies the move because there is nowhere to build a stadium and moving the team was the best option financially for the team.
NFL players, both former and present, have mixed feelings about the move. Raiders Quarterback, Derek Carr, tweeted about his mixed emotions regarding the move. Khalil Mack and Justin Ellis also shared tweets about the love they receive from Oakland fans and that true fans will continue to share this love. Some players have even started making a joke of the move. Jon Ryan, punter for the Seahawks, tweeted: “I know I just dumped you but I’m going to stay in our house for the next two years until my new gf is done building our new house. #Raiders.”
Raiders fans are divided about the decision to move the team. The unspoken leader of superfans, The Violator, says that he is not an Oakland Raiders fan, and he will not be a Las Vegas Raiders fan. He is simply a Raiders fan, and true Raiders fans will stick with the team, no matter what city they are based in. Other fans feel betrayed from the move. Their loyalty for 12 rough years has been thrown out the window with the decision to move the team to Vegas.
The Raiders will remain the Oakland Raiders for the next two to three seasons. The stadium in Las Vegas is scheduled to be finished in 2020. Until then, the Raiders will remain in Oakland and will keep their name. Although some outraged fans refuse to put another cent into the Raiders’ pockets, NFL officials and Mark Davis believe that the Raiders will not feel the affect of this due to the increase of the Raiders fan base in Las Vegas.