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NFL Releases Statement on Raiders' Possible Relocation to Las Vegas

The NFL is all about the money, so it shouldn’t be a shock that they won’t block the Raiders from pursuing a move to the Sin City.

The league issued a memo to all 32 teams stating there is no policy prohibiting any relocation to a specific city:

There have been reports over the last day about a proposal to construct a new stadium in Las Vegas in connection with a possible move of the Raiders to Las Vegas. If your club owner or executives are asked about this, there is no need to comment. If any comment is offered, please keep the following points in mind:

1. All decisions regarding the location of teams are made by the full membership. Three-fourths of the member clubs must approve any team move.

2. No proposal made to the league. It would be speculative to suggest that your club would or would not support such a proposal. If such a proposal is made, it would be considered under the league’s relocation policies.

3. There is no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city. Any proposal for relocation would be evaluated based on the same standards as apply to any proposed move. Those standards are well-known, having just been applied in connection with relocation proposals to Los Angeles.

The Raiders could just be posturing, hoping to get in on the Rams' deal with LA.

-- Glenn Erby

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