Oakland Raiders Make Move to OKC; New Ownership Richest in the NFL

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

okc-raidersIt might be a surprise to the nation, but to the folks in Oklahoma City, the buzz of having the NFL come and locate to the great state of Oklahoma, it wasn’t. The NFL’s Oakland Raiders, wanting to get a new place to play, either in Oakland or in Los Angeles, have been bought by big oil from the south plains and will be coming to downtown OKC for the 2016 NFL season as plans for a 65,000 seat stadium on the banks of the Oklahoma River have been approved. The ownership group that bought out the Raiders is led by Oklahoma billionaires Harold Hamm and Francis Kaiser. The cost, a whopping 1.5 billion dollars. No Oklahoma City money was involved. Spokesmen for the new ownership, called the Raiders on the River, OKC.LLC, said the deal had been in the works for about a year. NFL approval was granted by the league on Friday. The new money the ownership brings to the league was a strong selling point for the move. More to come later in the day as the news hits the wires. Happy April Fools Day from OKC!


PS-if this is the first time for you to read this article it has been stated that the Raiders are not coming to Okla.City at this time but reserve the right to move the team at anytime.

Fred Pahlke is a an NBA/NFL/NCCAF/NCAAB analyst and Senior Editor for @prosportsextra  ProSportsExtra.com. Follow him on Twitter @DukeSkadoris and www.fredpahlke.com


About the Author

Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 61 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder and expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A graduate of Oklahoma City University. Elementary School Principal in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years. www.fredpahlke.com

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