The Oakland Raiders have pushed their chips to the middle of the table, intending to relocate to Las Vegas.
The club formally alerted the NFL on Thursday, submitting a relocation application and officially taking the first step toward a market the league has long avoided, the city being synonymous with gambling.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval tweeted that Raiders owner Mark Davis “is a man of his word,” and called the development a “significant step” toward bringing a team to the state.
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...