Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Lone Vote Against Vegas Relocation
Mar 30 2017 by Marjorie Miles
During the press conference announcing the move, team owner Mark Davis confirmed the Raiders intend to play at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for 2017 and 2018, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Raiders likely will play two to three more years in the East Bay before a $1.7 billion stadium is built near the Las Vegas strip. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was that lone "no" vote, and after some time passed Monday he revealed his true motivation for dissenting.
The league voted 31-1 in approval to allow the team to move to Sin City. Raider Nation is the greatest fan base in the world and we're going to build something to make them proud.
Ross said that Davis did not put forth his best effort to get something done in Oakland.
"We, as owners and as a league, owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted", he said, ESPN reported.
"We just moved out here a few weeks ago from the Bay Area, so a lot of our friends back home are really angry", Ernesto Burke said. The Raiders received about $750 million from Nevada taxpayers a year ago to build a stadium in Las Vegas, and team owner Mark Davis is putting up $500 million. You know, it's the Davis family and their vendetta and all of the difficulties dealing with the city of Oakland, the NFL.
The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016, and in January the Chargers relocated from San Diego to LA.