It looks all but certain that the Oakland Raiders are going to be upping sticks and moving to Las Vegas at some point in the near future.
Raiders owner Mark Davis all but confirmed that earlier this week, when he informed the other NFL owners that he plans to file the relevant papers in January, according to a report from Jim Trotter of ESPN.
After those very same other owners pretty much stopped the Raiders from moving back to their spiritual home in Los Angeles - in favour of the Rams and, potentially, the Chargers - it seems like they are happy for Davis to move his franchise to Vegas.
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Following his presentation, Davis told reporters he hasn't shut the door on anything, although Oakland might have shut the door on itself as home for his team.
"Oakland was in the driver's seat if they could've put together anything," Davis said on Wednesday at the league's annual fall meeting. "They came up with nothing."
He went on to add that Vegas, who have stumped up $750million of public funds to build a new stadium, have been the exact opposite, doing all they can to accommodate the Raiders.
"Las Vegas has already done what it is supposed to do and we have to bring it up to the National Football League and get permission to move to Las Vegas."
It looks like Oakland fans will be losing their team. Just like the people of Saint Louis have done and fans in San Diego potentially will. The NFL is a cut-throat industry, where new is always better. Davis will be hoping that Vegas will be a huge bonus for his team.