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.