NFL Bets On Las Vegas, Approves Raiders Relocation; Browns Among 31 Teams To Vote ‘Yes’

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The NFL is headed to Sin City.

Owners fell 1 vote shy of unanimously approving the relocation of the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas Monday at the NFL’s meetings being held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam were among the 31 other ownership groups to vote in favor of the move. Miami was the lone franchise to vote against it.

Cleveland lost the Browns to Baltimore in 1996 before returning to the NFL as an expansion club in 1999, but even knowing that, the Haslams gave yet another franchise move the thumbs up.

With another $11-13 million share of a relocation fee at stake why wouldn’t they?

The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland’s proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money. Bank of America also is giving Raiders owner Mark Davis a $650 million loan, further helping to persuade owners to allow the third team relocation in just over a year.

The Raiders are expected to remain in Oakland or the Bay area until the new stadium in Las Vegas is ready in 2020.

Cleveland will play in Oakland during the 2018 season.

This marks the third relocation for the Raiders franchise since 1982 when the team left Oakland for Los Angeles before returning in 1995. They are also the third NFL team in the last 15 months to announce a move which will generate a combined estimate of $53 million in relocation fees from the 3 to be distributed to the other member teams.

Since 1982, a total of 10 NFL teams have relocated including the 3 moves by the Raiders – Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis in 1984, St. Louis Cardinals to Phoenix in 1988, Los Angeles Rams to St. Louis in 1995 and back to L.A. in 2016, Houston Oilers to Tennessee in 1997 and the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles in 2017.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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