Oakland Raiders file paperwork as they seek relocation to Las Vegas

NFL franchise would play in Nevada from 2020 if they get the green light

BY Raf Diallo 19:27 Thursday 19 January 2017, 19:27 19 Jan 2017

An Oakland Raiders fan holds a sign before the first half of an AFC Wild Card NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

NFL franchise Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to relocate to Las Vegas.

The Raiders were originally established in Oakland in 1961, before a 12-year move to Los Angeles that ended in 1995.

Should the move get the green light, they will likely play in Vegas from 2020.

The move will have to be approved by the owners of the other NFL franchises.

"Today, the Oakland Raiders submitted an application to relocate their franchise to Las Vegas, as is provided for under the NFL policy and procedures for proposed franchise relocations," said the NFL in a statement.

"The application will be reviewed in the coming weeks by league staff and the stadium and finance Committees."

Raiders' decision to file paperwork follows San Diego Chargers' announcement that they are moving to Los Angeles from the 2017 season.

Raiders have won three Super Bowls during the course of their history.

In January 1977, Oakland defeated Minnesota Vikings 32-14, before doing so again in January 1981 when they saw off Philadelphia Eagles 27-10.

Their most recent Super Bowl appearance came in January 1984, although on that occasion it was the Los Angeles based version of the Raiders that emerged victorious against Washington Redskins by a 38-9 scoreline.

Raiders were based in Los Angeles between 1992 and 1984 before returning to Oakland.


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