Raiders relocation to Las Vegas vote 'could be on track' for NFL owners meetings

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Although a vote to approve the Oakland Raiders' request to relocate to Las Vegas is not officially on the agenda for the NFL owners meetings, the Raiders will be "a topic of discussion" March 26-29 in Phoenix, an NFL spokesman told ESPN.com.

"Things could be on track for a possible vote at the meeting," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.

A league source recently told ESPN.com that the Raiders remain "on course" to apply for relocation at the meetings, while several reports stated that the league could wait until May to vote.

It would take an affirmative vote from 24 of the 32 owners to approve the move.

The Raiders are doing their due diligence by preparing for a media conference immediately after the meetings in Las Vegas, perhaps on the UNLV campus, should a vote happen and go their way, sources confirmed.

The Raiders have plans for a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat dome stadium on a 62-acre plot on Russell Road, west of Interstate-15 and the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and they would share with UNLV. The stadium is not expected to open until 2020, and Raiders owner Mark Davis has said he plans to play in Oakland the next two years.

NFL owners would likely want to know, before the vote, where the Raiders plan to spend the 2019 season. Many observers have suggested sharing Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara with the San Francisco 49ers for a year, though many in the Bay Area would prefer the Raiders move there for good. Then there's UNLV's current home on the eastern edge of the city, 35,500-seat Sam Boyd Stadium, some nine miles from campus. Raiders officials are leery, though, with the cramped locker rooms and lack of a true security border around the facility.

The Raiders recently told the NFL that they had secured $650 million from Bank of America to replace casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's pledge after he withdrew in late January. Adelson helped secure a $750 million contribution from a Nevada hotel tax, and the Raiders are putting in $500 million, with $650 million coming from Bank of America.