(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.