Active (catalyzed) and passive (intrinsic) nucleosome repositioning is known to be a crucial event during the transcriptional activation of certain eukaryotic genes. Here we consider theoretically the intrinsic mechanism and study in detail the energetics and dynamics of DNA-loop-mediated nucleosome repositioning, as previously proposed by earlier works. The surprising outcome of the present study is the inherent nonlocality of nucleosome motion within this model-being a direct physical consequence of the loop mechanism. On long enough DNA templates the longer jumps dominate over the previously predicted local motion, a fact that contrasts simple diffusive mechanisms considered before. The possible experimental outcome resulting from the considered mechanism is predicted, discussed, and compared to existing experimental findings.