The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football franchise currently based in Oakland, California. The Raiders began playing in 1960 as a member of the American Football League (AFL); they have been a member of the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Raiders compete in the NFL as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) West division. As of the start of the team's 2015 season, the Raiders have an all-time regular season record of 437-388-11, with a playoff record of 25-18.