N.F.L. Owners Pave Way for Chargers and Raiders to Move


Oakland Raiders fans on Nov. 6 protesting the team’s potential move to Las Vegas. The Chargers could move to Los Angeles.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

IRVING, Tex. — N.F.L. owners on Wednesday showed signs of grudging support for allowing the San Diego Chargers to move to Los Angeles and the Oakland Raiders to leave for Las Vegas, with plans for stadiums in the teams’ current cities having all but vanished.

The potential relocations dominated discussion publicly and behind closed doors at a league meeting here as momentum grew for the teams to make the moves, which would represent the most significant reordering of the N.F.L.’s geographic lineup in two decades.

The only thing left is for the Chargers to decide next month whether to exercise their option to leave for Los Angeles and for the Raiders to submit a formal proposal to relocate to Las Vegas, where lawmakers have promised to contribute $750 million toward a stadium.

Although the league has said it prefers teams to remain in their home markets, a growing number of owners acknowledged that the…

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