National Football League team owners gave the green light on Monday to the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas, paving the way for the building of a $1.9 billion stadium in the USA gambling capital.
Davis and the Raiders were wooed by a $1.9 billion stadium project - with $750 million in public funding - to be constructed near the Strip in Las Vegas.
The move marks the third National Football League team relocation in just over a year. For much of the '80s into the mid-'90s, this team left Oakland to play in Los Angeles. The other owners have spoken (Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins, excepted).
But when will the Raiders actually move to Las Vegas?
Roger Goodell said he expects the team to be called the "Oakland Raiders" as long as they're in Oakland, but the actual timeline for the name is wide open. 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 points that we always put back to Oakland were that we need certainty and a viable plan that will work for the community and the team long-term", he said during a press conference.
"I Don't know how we should feel. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area", according to the report. "I couldn't be more excited for the fans and residents of Clark County as we move forward with the Raiders and the Rebels".
I paused, shrugged my shoulders, and said, "Their benevolence, I guess".
Davis tried to keep the team in Oakland, but when a deal couldn't be struck to move the Raiders out of the dilapidated Coliseum, he looked elsewhere for a home for his team. He needed at least 24 of 32 votes by the owners. And we don't necessarily blame Mark Davis for happily accepting that money to give his team a state-of-the-art stadium in the years to come. "They simply want to keep the team in Buffalo".
We caught up with local fans regarding the opportunity to see the closest regional team in action. "The Raiders coming to Vegas will mean big business for me, so my next sex den will honor the the Men in Black and their Raider Nation". Oakland will play at UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium in 2019 and will last until the dome is finished. "I doubt it because the first thing we have to do is play well and earn it, that's where it starts".
There is only one absolute certainty, and that's that the Raiders will be playing in Oakland in 2017. "We could go either way but now to take them actually out of the state, that's wrong", said Perez.