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Oakland could be down to its last chance to keep the Raiders

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Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn’t like to make threats or issue ultimatums.  He just states facts.

And he stated some pretty clear facts in a recent interview with Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle regarding the team’s future in Oakland.

“They brought in Colony Capital and based on that, I decided to go ahead and do a one-year extension with them,” Davis said of Oakland and the outside company that entered the fray last year in the hopes of building a new stadium.  “We will play in the Coliseum next year.  But there’s been no progress.  I had high hopes when Colony Capital came in.  I still do have hopes, but there not as high because I haven’t really heard anything positive from either group.  It’s gone silent again.  We have to get something done.”

There’s no “or else” added to that, but there doesn’t need to be.  The “or else” is implied.

“I don’t want to call it a last-ditch effort, but it does seem to be the last chance that Oakland is going to get,” Davis said.  “We can’t continue to play in that stadium, with the baseball field and all of that stuff.”

So what if the deal doesn’t happen in Oakland?  That’s where Davis opts not to say things that should be fairly obvious.

“I wouldn’t talk about Plan B’s or anything like that,” Davis said.  “I don’t want to talk about using someplace else for leverage.  If I get something done in Oakland, I am staying.”

In other words — words Davis won’t use — if something doesn’t get done in Oakland, Davis may not be staying.

Like the Rams, the Raiders will be free agents after the 2014 season.  Like the Rams, the Raiders used to be in Los Angeles.

Davis has yet to mention that.  But he doesn’t really need to.

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45 Responses to “Oakland could be down to its last chance to keep the Raiders”
  1. doall24 says: Feb 27, 2014 8:26 AM

    just like his dad, los angeles, here the raiders come!!!!!!!!

  2. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 27, 2014 8:31 AM

    I hear London is looking for a team…

  3. ttommytom says: Feb 27, 2014 8:31 AM

    The Jets missed the boat by not building in the middle of Long Island. They instead chose to be 2nd class citizens in Jersey.

    So……

    Be careful of losing the heart and soul of your franchise, which are the everyday fans…

  4. rastaraider says: Feb 27, 2014 8:31 AM

    If they leave the bay I’ll be heart broken for damn sure .. Let’s go Reggie n Dennis !
    At least show like you care !

  5. JackedUpSports says: Feb 27, 2014 8:34 AM

    i mean it doesn’t really matter, they wont go very far even if they leave

  6. jgedgar70 says: Feb 27, 2014 8:34 AM

    If they move back to LA, shouldn’t the NFL insist they change the name from Raiders to Ping Pong Balls?

  7. crippled4life says: Feb 27, 2014 8:35 AM

    Mark – move to Los Angeles already. I am sure they had better hair stylists in Los Angeles than they do in Oakland.

  8. raiderbob56 says: Feb 27, 2014 8:39 AM

    Good. After all, several teams have had 3 new stadiums built and the Oakland Masoleum is over 50 years old. Come on California.

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 27, 2014 8:39 AM

    The Raiders died a couple of years ago anyway. It’s like the Real Raiders died, and possessed the Seattle Seahawks. They play with that old Oakland Raider mentality.

    It’s just silver & black laundry now. Also if Mark really wanted a new stadium he would have done what Jerry Jones and Jed York did and hire a high profile coach and start winning. You can’t de-construct your franchise and expect a financially strapped city to construct a new stadium for you.

  10. TeamBalco says: Feb 27, 2014 8:40 AM

    FML! I knew this day was upon us.

  11. thatstinks says: Feb 27, 2014 8:40 AM

    They are the only team in the NFL that shares a stadium with a baseball . They proposed building the smallest stadium in the NFL . MD has done what he can . Probably time to beat the Chargers to LA .

  12. firerogergoodell says: Feb 27, 2014 8:40 AM

    The LA RAIDAHS! *Berman voice*

  13. floratiotime says: Feb 27, 2014 8:41 AM

    All the more reason we should never use public funds on these corporations.

  14. football1790 says: Feb 27, 2014 8:42 AM

    Raaaiiddeeerrsss!

  15. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Feb 27, 2014 8:42 AM

    It makes much more sense to have a team in LA than two in the bay area.

  16. justintuckrule says: Feb 27, 2014 8:59 AM

    Move to Portland, put the raiders in the NFC west and move the rams to the afc west. Much better regional rivalries with sea-oak and stl-kc. Nobody cares about the rams and the oak-den, sd, kc rivalry has been nonexistent since the 80s. See rog. That’s how you think outside the box to make sense.

  17. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 27, 2014 9:38 AM

    L.A. or bust……

  18. The Almighty Cabbage says: Feb 27, 2014 9:39 AM

    The Raiders belong in Oakland. They just do. It was turrible when they left the last time and I’m not even a fan.

  19. oaklegend says: Feb 27, 2014 9:47 AM

    St. Louis Raiders?

  20. chargersdiehard says: Feb 27, 2014 9:47 AM

    No way! Portland doesn’t need a losing team! We also don’t have a stadium here in Portland!

  21. SparkyGump says: Feb 27, 2014 9:59 AM

    The Raiders and the Bills deserve better facilities in the towns that supported them through thick and thin. The Billionaire Boys Club otherwise known as the NFL should show some reverence and supply the funds when the local governements cannot.

  22. makimaguro says: Feb 27, 2014 10:03 AM

    I see Oakland going back to LA and hiring Harbaugh as their coach. Done deal.

  23. maiphatdong says: Feb 27, 2014 11:31 AM

    go to Canada please, maybe there they can win something

  24. radrntn says: Feb 27, 2014 12:02 PM

    It seems the current site in Oakland might be over. I like the camp parks location that Davis has spoken about before.

  25. xanderslugger says: Feb 27, 2014 12:33 PM

    I’m glad I kept all of my L.A. Raiders gear!

    Been saying this for many many years…..

    Raiders will be back in Los Angeles someday!

  26. markdartj says: Feb 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    Candlestick isn’t very far away; closer to Oakland than Santa Clara is to SF. Is it still there?

  27. niner13 says: Feb 27, 2014 12:58 PM

    Hope the Raiders move soon so we in the Bay Area don’t have to watch their D-league football as our second game….every Sunday.

  28. hawkforlife says: Feb 27, 2014 1:23 PM

    Candlestick. Still close enough to Oakland for it’s fans to travel and it will be a stick in the eye to 49ers everywhere.

  29. jjackwagon says: Feb 27, 2014 1:27 PM

    Just convert an old oil tanker into a stadium and then float it up & down the coast without have to move all their stuff.
    Make a port call in which ever city gives them the highest bid and have a game, then float the stadium to the next port and the next “home” game.

  30. 64post says: Feb 27, 2014 1:30 PM

    I say they’ll be sharing the new stadium in Santa Clara with the 49ers. 1: it’s more money for everybody. 2: Image, a better class of fans will attend the games. 3: This is what the NFL wants, it works in NJ. Sharing the venue solves problems and leaves LA for other teams that want to move like the Rams.

  31. musicman495 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:32 PM

    It would be funny if, after all of this time of not having a team, LA fans find themselves being fought over by the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders, all 3 of whom walked out on them.

  32. larryjacks says: Feb 27, 2014 1:35 PM

    Wonder if LA wants “Raider Fan” in LA Live? …doubt it…

  33. tdubdizzle says: Feb 27, 2014 1:44 PM

    If the Raiders move out of Oakland… I might become a Nine fan. Don’t do that to me Mark!

  34. wnstonchill says: Feb 27, 2014 1:51 PM

    The Rhode Island Raiders……coming to an NFL city near you!

  35. godblessfootball says: Feb 27, 2014 2:01 PM

    San Antonio Raiders

  36. brucewayne3561 says: Feb 27, 2014 2:40 PM

    Oklahoma City Raiders! Coming Soon!

  37. raiderjefe says: Feb 27, 2014 3:03 PM

    San Jose A’s and San Jose Raiders. Do it, my tailgate commute will be cut drastically! Go Raiders.

  38. daneraider1 says: Feb 27, 2014 3:34 PM

    I’m usually not much of a loud mouth. I keep to myself, support my team, don’t do much smack talk even back when they were good. But after hearing everyone pile on over the last 10 years, When the raiders are good again(and they will be) I’m going to be the most outspoken and obnoxious fan possible. I want my raiders to stay in oaktown but i’ll follow them where ever they go. Raider NATION!!!

  39. ghlatty says: Feb 27, 2014 4:08 PM

    Would be funny if both the Raiders and Rams moved back to LA.

  40. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 27, 2014 5:33 PM

    With the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the TORONTO RAIDERS select…

  41. babygaga19 says: Feb 27, 2014 6:52 PM

    Please, pretty please? Somebody build us a new stadium. We promise to use metal detectors and public bathrooms this time.

    Marky Mark

  42. lafan101 says: Feb 27, 2014 6:59 PM

    It all points to the Rams and Raiders moving back to L.A.

    The Rams in Inglewood
    The Raiders in the City of Industry at Ed Roski’s site.

    Chargers should stay in San Diego and get a deal there and become a Super Bowl city once again.

  43. babygaga19 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:05 AM

    Goodell is taking the NFL international. Raiders are a perfect fit for Mexico City. Welcome back sold out home games!

  44. gman6679 says: Mar 2, 2014 10:53 AM

    Raiders leaving Oakland? lucky Oakland….

  45. raider12578 says: Mar 5, 2014 9:40 AM

    The Rams can have LA, I’d like to see the Raiders go to Las Vegas.

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