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NFL Owners Vote 31-1 To Approve Raiders' Move To Las Vegas

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 27 / 17

NFL owners today approved the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas by a 31-1 vote, with only the Dolphins dissenting (Owner Stephen Ross had previously expressed concern over the pace of relocations ). Afterwards, NFL owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell said all the expected things about tr...

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Friday for the first time "shared details of investors’ plans to build a new Oakland stadium for the Raiders in a last-minute attempt to change the narrative that the NFL doesn’t have an alternative in the East Bay," according to Elliott Almond of the S ...

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QuintEvents Growing Staff Following F1 Deal

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St. Louis MLS Investors Hopeful Funding Vote Passes

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Media Notes

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Bettman Continues To Be Wary On Olympics

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