Oakland Raiders apply to move to Las Vegas, Nevada official says

(Reuters) - The National Football League's Oakland Raiders, who have been unhappy with their stadium in northern California, filed paperwork on Thursday to move to Las Vegas, officials said.

The NFL said in a statement the application would be reviewed in the coming weeks by league staff and its Stadium and Finance Committees.

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The relocation of a franchise requires the affirmative vote of three-quarters of the NFL's 32 owners, the league's statement added.

Clark County, Nevada, Commission Chair Steve Sisolak announced on Twitter the filing of the paperwork.

The Raiders currently play in the Oakland Coliseum, which opened in 1966.

In an attempt to lure the Raiders, Republican Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in October signed a bill to increase hotel taxes to help raise $750 million for a new $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium that would be constructed for the team in Las Vegas.

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Football: View of Oakland Raiders fans with signs reading LAS VEGAS: IF YOU BUILD IT, WE WON'T COME and STAY IN OAKLAND during game vs Denver Broncos at Oakland Coliseum. Raider Nation, Black Hole. View of fans holding sign reading STAY IN OAKLAND. Oakland, CA 11/6/2016 CREDIT: John W. McDonough (Photo by John W. McDonough /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: SI607 TK1 )
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Oakland Raiders fans display signs asking NFL owners to vote against moving the team to Las Vegas during their game against the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 28: (L-R) Oakland Raiders fans Tony Curiel, Eric Carrillo, Richard Cervera, and John Baietti, all of Nevada, wait for Raiders owner Mark Davis to arrive at a Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee meeting at UNLV with Raiders owner Mark Davis (not pictured) on April 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Davis told the committee he is willing to spend USD 500 million as part of a deal to move the team to Las Vegas if a proposed USD 1.3 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium is built by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. and real estate agency Majestic Realty, possibly on a vacant 42-acre lot a few blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip recently purchased by UNLV. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Oakland Raiders fans stand behind a sign referencing a potential move by the team to Las Vegas during their NFL game against the Carolina Panthers on November 27, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Football: View of Oakland Raiders fans with signs reading LAS VEGAS: IF YOU BUILD IT, WE WON'T COME and STAY IN OAKLAND outside stadium before game vs Denver Broncos at Oakland Coliseum. Raider Nation, Black Hole. View of fans holding sign reading STAY IN OAKLAND. Oakland, CA 11/6/2016 CREDIT: John W. McDonough (Photo by John W. McDonough /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: SI607 TK1 )
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: A fan holds a sign in the stands in reference to a potential move by the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas during the NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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