The club formally alerted the
There are strong indications that owners have grown far more comfortable with putting a franchise there, and the league is not encouraged that there is a stadium solution in East Bay despite various attempts over the years.
Unlike the Chargers, who already had the green light to join the Rams in Los Angeles, the Raiders must get approval from three-quarters of the league's 32 owners to move. That vote likely will take place at the annual NFL meetings in late March.
Clark County (Nev.) Commissioner Steve Sisolak broke the news of the relocation application Thursday on Twitter, and the NFL followed with a statement confirming it.
"Today we moved one step closer to having an NFL team to call our own," Sisolak said in a statement.
"I am optimistically looking forward to the league meetings and hope that someday soon we will be able to welcome the Las Vegas Raiders to Nevada."
As of late Thursday, the Raiders had not addressed the decision either on their website or on Twitter.
An investment group that includes former
"We are ready to compete," Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a prepared statement. "We know that Oakland offers something that Las Vegas will never have and that is legacy and loyalty."
In October, Nevada's legislature approved $750 million from a hotel room tax increase to help fund a stadium for the Raiders. The rest of that proposed $1.9-billion domed stadium off the Las Vegas Strip would be financed by $650 million from casino magnate
In accordance with league rules, the Raiders were required to wait until the end of their season to apply for relocation.
Although the specifics of the relocation application are not publicly known, the Raiders have told the league that, with the help of investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, they are capable of financing a stadium with or without Adelson.
"The Raiders are looking at this, potentially doing it without Mr. Adelson if it comes down to that," NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman said last week after a joint meeting of the league's stadium and finance committees. "The timing of that is still up in the air."
"The only discussion we've had on that subject in general is that league rules and league policies will be what they are," Rooney said. "We haven't been asked to change any rules, so that any ownership discussion would have to be in compliance with our current policies."
The Raiders have told the league they intend to continue playing in Oakland while their new stadium is under construction. They have options to play the 2017 and '18 seasons in their current home.
This is the second time since 2015 the Raiders have applied to relocate. In early 2015, the club asked to move to Los Angeles in hopes of sharing a stadium in Carson with the Chargers. By a 30-2 vote last January, owners instead approved the Rams to move from St. Louis.
"There won't be," he said. "You'll have certain individual owners with thoughts, but you won't see people clumping together to try to stop it — not with Las Vegas in the Raiders' case. You're not going to have factions and things like that. Not here."
7:10 p.m.: This articles has been updated with more comments and details.
10:35 a.m.: This article has been updated with more details and confirmation from the NFL.