PHOENIX – The Detroit Lions will next play the Oakland Raiders in the regular season on the road in 2019. It's very possible that game could be one of the last for the Raiders in Oakland, or one of the first for them in Las Vegas.
The NFL owners overwhelmingly approved (31-1) the Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the NFL Annual Meetings Monday afternoon.
View photos of the NFL owners before the league's annual owners meetings.
The decision comes after years of fruitless efforts by Raiders owner Mark Davis to build a viable stadium in Oakland.
The Raiders have one-year lease options for 2017 and 2018 at the Oakland Coliseum, but their new Stadium in Las Vegas isn't scheduled to be ready until the 2020 season. That means the Raiders could try to extend their one-year lease option into 2019, which Davis said was an option on Monday, or work something else out.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the league would look into venue options for the Raiders in 2019.
"My father always said, 'the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,' and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world will give us the opportunity to achieve that greatness," Davis said in a press conference after the vote.