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Mark Davis: Lots of talk, no action on a new Oakland stadium


Raiders owner Mark Davis would like a little less conversation and a little more action on a new stadium in Oakland.

Davis says that when he has conversations with Colony Capital, the real estate firm that has been in discussions about a new development that would include a football stadium, those conversations seem positive. And then they don’t go anywhere.

“All the talks we have with them are positive, but there’s no progress after the talks,” Davis said, via

The Raiders’ current stadium is old and outdated, and a new stadium is probably necessary if the Raiders are going to stay in Oakland much longer. Davis says he wants that to happen, but he isn’t sure if it will.

“Everybody is trying,” Davis said. “Whether it can get done, I don’t know.”

If it doesn’t get done soon, the Raiders may soon be looking for a new city to call home.

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75 Responses to “Mark Davis: Lots of talk, no action on a new Oakland stadium”
  1. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 21, 2014 5:10 PM

    I suspect he already knows that there won’t be a new stadium in Oakland.
    He’s between a rock and a hard place. He needs to ease the fan base into the idea that a move is in the future. Again.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 21, 2014 5:10 PM

    Move the team to Los Angeles before some other team beats you to the punch. There’s a lot of wealthy football fanatics out there and they are chomping at the bit for some action, so take your Carr for a ride and seek out more productive talks!

  3. Spymaster Belichick says: Jun 21, 2014 5:12 PM


  4. oldcracker says: Jun 21, 2014 5:14 PM

    Good Lord! The older Mark Davis gets, the more he looks like John Madden.

  5. kwjsb says: Jun 21, 2014 5:14 PM

    You would think armed security at raiders and 49ers games would be a more pressing issue. Those parking lots are like downtown L.A.

  6. sportsfaninyyc says: Jun 21, 2014 5:14 PM

    Back to L. A.

  7. raiderssf says: Jun 21, 2014 5:15 PM

    As a Raider season ticket holder, I support a new stadium in Oakland.

  8. shackdelrio says: Jun 21, 2014 5:18 PM

    Until Mark Davis gets a new hair style, he will never have serious talks with anybody.

  9. qdog112 says: Jun 21, 2014 5:19 PM

    How can you take a grown man wearing a pageboy haircut seriously?

    How can he go into a meeting without the people laughing when he leaves or before he comes in?

  10. oldcracker says: Jun 21, 2014 5:21 PM

    Whenever the Raiders move back to LA, I hope Oakland has enough sense to restore the old ballpark. At one time, it was one of the nicest intimate BASEBALL parks in the MLB.

  11. teal379 says: Jun 21, 2014 5:24 PM

    I’d rather see a team in Vegas (domed I’m sure) than LA.

    LA had it’s shot, numerous times and there’s nothing out there that would lead me to believe that they’d support a team this time around, particularly a team like the Raiders/Rams/Jags/Vikings etc.

    IF LA got a team, it would almost have to be an expansion team to have any shot.

  12. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 21, 2014 5:32 PM

    I’ve always thought they belong in Oakland and need to get a new stadium done there, but if reports like this are true maybe L.A. is the better option. It’s the only other place the Raiders could go and still be the Raiders.

    A move to L.A. is a guaranteed new stadium. From what I understand there are two sights that are shovel ready and people who want to give an NFL team a new stadium. Just don’t build a mega stadium at first. Make it a 40k or so seat stadium. In the L.A. area that’s a sellout every home game which also puts them on local T.V. every week. Double win!

  13. Wineshard says: Jun 21, 2014 5:35 PM

    Sorry but have Suspicious Minds about his comments.

  14. rdav29 says: Jun 21, 2014 5:38 PM

    Lloyd Christmas, owner, Oakland Raiders

  15. philvil41 says: Jun 21, 2014 5:45 PM

    The Raiders really need a new stadium, they are willing to put up $400 million, the NFL will kick in $200 million, a third party needs to cough up the last $400 million. Much easier said than done.

  16. bonnovi says: Jun 21, 2014 5:49 PM

    If they keep the stadium long enough, after 30 years or so, it can become an old NFL treasure and will be known as “The NFL’s dumpiest gem.”

  17. raidernation37 says: Jun 21, 2014 5:55 PM

    If king Roger wanted a new stadium in Oakland it would have been done by now. I remember when the Raiders moved to L.A. the first time and it just doesn’t have the same feel to it as “The Oakland Raiders”.

  18. dethsupport says: Jun 21, 2014 5:59 PM

    Is Mark Davis a Hutt?

  19. raiderapologist says: Jun 21, 2014 6:00 PM

    Move ’em to Portland, marshmallow man. It’s only a 6 hour drive for me.

  20. donkeydik says: Jun 21, 2014 6:02 PM

    If the Traitors move again they’ll look like a band of gypsies. If another team gets to L.A. first, then they can get a super sweet deal to move into the departed city. Mark is doing a lot of talking but he doesn’t have the money to just pack up and go. Since he and his mother only have 47% ownership, it would be interesting to find out what the other 53% have to say about a move.
    Why hasn’t Oakland just gone in and fix the sewer pipes in between the football and baseball seasons? That would go a long way to show that both teams are wanted in Oakland. Hell, they could set up some porta-potties and fix a main or 2 before the 1st pre season nfl game in 5 weeks or so.

  21. p4hbiz says: Jun 21, 2014 6:05 PM

    It’s well over due I’m tired of that awful infield lousy music and run down seats. The plan in LA is a go, and all AEG need us a willing team. The no tailgating will suck but I’m sure a couple of clubs and bars will cure that problem, maybe a kid zone for the families to enjoy and call it day… The Raiders will always be the Raiders, give those guys something to be proud of when they come to work.

  22. philyeagles5 says: Jun 21, 2014 6:11 PM

    The Davis family has got to be the ugliest family I’ve ever seen.

  23. somethingsmellsrotten says: Jun 21, 2014 6:20 PM

    Man, what a bunch of childish comments allowed by this stupid site. The haircut jokes are old and an Eagles fan calling people ugly…really? You’re all pathetic little trolls.

  24. vaughnjoe says: Jun 21, 2014 6:23 PM

    I suspect Mark Davis has had that same haircut since he was 5 or 6 years old. Looks like a big ol’ Baby Huey

  25. quicktaker says: Jun 21, 2014 6:32 PM

    Open your own wallet Tommy boy.

    The last thing we need to do is give money incentives to wildly profitable companies that provide few sustainable jobs and have no foreign competition.

  26. mdlinton says: Jun 21, 2014 6:33 PM

    What people need to understand is that a team cannot just move to LA. Several years ago the owners collectively voted to secure the territory rights for the NFL. If a team is to go to LA 2/3 of the owners must agree to it.

    The Raiders wont be going to LA. They are worth more as a franchise here than in LA.

    IMO, LA wont have a new team for a decade +

  27. robgilman says: Jun 21, 2014 6:35 PM

    Makes all the sense in the world financially and logically to house the Raiders and Niners in one stadium, but it won’t happen

  28. bleested says: Jun 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    They’ll wind up sharing Levi Stadium.

  29. mmsierra says: Jun 21, 2014 6:48 PM

    Sounds like a REAL TRAGEDY !!

    WHY won’t somebody GIVE Mark Davis a NEW stadium ???

    PLEASE !!
    PLEASE !!

  30. raiderapologist says: Jun 21, 2014 6:51 PM

    quicktaker says: Jun 21, 2014 6:32 PM

    Open your own wallet Tommy boy.
    He offered up 400 million.

  31. rolltide510 says: Jun 21, 2014 6:54 PM

    I’m a Raiders fan living in the east bay and I wouldn’t blame them at all for leaving for LA. The Oakland Coliseum has got to be the worst NFL stadium by a comfortable margin at this point, and this isn’t just the standard stadium deal where a billionaire is trying to get public funding. The Oakland city government is even less functional then you’re probably picturing it being and just can’t agree to simple demands that would result in private investors injecting money into the area.

  32. djaehne says: Jun 21, 2014 6:55 PM

    Player fines should finance a portion of any stadium built anywhere.

  33. granadafan says: Jun 21, 2014 7:18 PM

    Alameda County residents are still mad at having to pay for the renovations demanded by Al Davis when the moved back from LA in the 90s. No chance they approve ANOTHER new stadium for the same multi billionaire family.

  34. raysfan1 says: Jun 21, 2014 7:18 PM

    Dear Mr Davis,
    You find the land. You pay to have the stadium built. You keep the profits.
    Leave everyone else out of it, especially taxpayers.

  35. returntoexcellence says: Jun 21, 2014 7:19 PM

    mdlinton says:
    Jun 21, 2014 6:33 PM

    The Raiders wont be going to LA. They are worth more as a franchise here than in LA.

    Hahahahahaha! What?!

  36. oldcracker says: Jun 21, 2014 7:28 PM

    How about a stadium in Sacramento? You would still draw from the East Bay, plus you could appeal to the Delta region, Reno, and the entire Central Valley.

    At one time the Sacramento “power people” offered to build a baseball stadium for the Athletics, out near Arco Arena and the airport. Why not a football stadium? Maybe move the state fair grounds out there?

    If something doesn’t get done, Oakland will lose them!

  37. ubepunkedagain says: Jun 21, 2014 7:39 PM

    Fans don’t even go to the stadium they have now. Why build a new one?

  38. jshawaii22 says: Jun 21, 2014 7:41 PM

    The next two cities in line not named LA are San Antonio and Portland. Either of them could support an NFL Team, but the TV networks don’t want them as the markets are small.

    Too bad.


  39. csszrr says: Jun 21, 2014 8:30 PM

    San Antonio. Just to stick it to LA.

  40. denverdude7 says: Jun 21, 2014 8:39 PM

    Get Bon Jovi to get involved as a minority owner and move the team to Toronto.

  41. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 21, 2014 9:12 PM

    Could draw fans from 3 states…
    Just kidding.

  42. goodtogo28 says: Jun 21, 2014 9:24 PM

    london raiders?

  43. dawsonleery says: Jun 21, 2014 10:25 PM

    Well the NFL doesn’t want Mark Davis in LA, because they want an owner they can control. Roger knows Mark Davis won’t play along. He’s gonna do his own thing…. Its doesn’t seem like anything will get done in Oakland, which is a shame. I think Portland is a serious possibility. After all these losing seasons in Oakland, what the poor fans had to deal with for 10+ years and now they will move and become a winning team. You can kind of tell the Raiders are turning the corner.

  44. sumkat says: Jun 21, 2014 10:41 PM

    They’ll stay in Southern CA somewhere, but unless it’s LA, I think it’s a mistake. If you keep them in CA, they are just going to a market with fan loyalties already decided. Maybe in a generation, you can carve out your own spot

    Getting it somewhere else is going to be a little tough, basically anywhere you put it, it is going to be in someone else’s market, and that team is going to fight you. Maybe this is Goodell’s shot at making a team international? I don’t think London would work (time zone issues are just too much, and with Oakland in the West, it’s even worse), but maybe Toronto? Long shot, but maybe Mexico City?

  45. truthofthefootballbusiness says: Jun 21, 2014 10:45 PM

    Wheeling Raiders!

  46. sumkat says: Jun 21, 2014 10:46 PM

    For the guy that said to build a “intimate” 40k stadium, it’s never going to happen. If the put up a 65k stadium that’s on the smaller side these days. At $50 a pop (cheap these days), they are losing 2.5 million per home game. Not including parking, merchandise and vendor money from those 25k.

    NFL teams get their slice of the TV money even if they are blacked out locally. They aren’t going to build a stadium that at a minimum, takes away $20,000,000 in income (just on tickets) each year, before the year even starts. If they need to build a 40k stadium to sell out, they can (and should) move someplace where they can sell out a reasonable sized NFL stadium

  47. charger383 says: Jun 21, 2014 11:02 PM

    A beard would make Mark Davis look more like a Raider

  48. slick50ks says: Jun 21, 2014 11:14 PM

    That bankrupt toilet of a city will NEVER build a stadium of any type.

    And only an idiot would get involved with a freakshow family like the Davis freaks.

  49. cahootie says: Jun 21, 2014 11:38 PM

    Am I the only one who got the Mac David reference?

  50. averagjoe says: Jun 21, 2014 11:56 PM

    Simple: there are more Raiders than Chargers fans in San Diego. And the Chargers have been itching to move to LA.

  51. thehawg says: Jun 21, 2014 11:58 PM

    Say some racist remark & sell the team.

  52. abreathofsanity says: Jun 22, 2014 12:18 AM

    Mark Davis looks like the runt in the Gruden family.

  53. ron69 says: Jun 22, 2014 12:38 AM

    The San Antonio Raiders, there would be plenty of mexican fans.

  54. radrntn says: Jun 22, 2014 1:16 AM

    this meeting was over two weeks ago…….the A’s just signed a 10 year lease extension to stay in oakland so something is brewing…where there is smoke there is fire……..Lets get real the only LA is between the K, and the N.

  55. coachbeck says: Jun 22, 2014 3:47 AM

    LA is the only logical spot. Unless Buffalo is going there. Then we start looking at London. The Rams will move that franchise has moved 3 times already. so what’s one more.

    Would free up the Bills to go to Toronto or London.

  56. scrotiemcb says: Jun 22, 2014 7:01 AM

    As investments go, a new stadium for the Raiders is like building a tourism complex in Cleveland. Its throwing good money at a lost cause.

  57. ravensbob says: Jun 22, 2014 7:18 AM

    When the Colts left Baltimore I was devastated. That said, Oakland does not deserve the 2nd chance they got with the Raiders. LA is calling….

  58. donchscks says: Jun 22, 2014 8:54 AM

    Goodell has a comment about everything, but I’ve never heard him say a word about helping to finance a new stadium (in Oakland) for one his storied franchises.

    We are still the outcasts of the league, which is cool, but opening up the league coffers for us once time would be nice too.

  59. El Pollo Loco says: Jun 22, 2014 9:20 AM

    The Honolulu Raiders.Why not at least it’s in the US unlike London.

  60. socalraider909 says: Jun 22, 2014 9:53 AM

    what he needs to do is sell the team and then the team can move to LA then I could actually drive to every game

  61. tooz72 says: Jun 22, 2014 10:55 AM

    Portland makes the most sense, they’d sell out every home game

  62. leatherface2012 says: Jun 22, 2014 12:35 PM

    he looks like mason verger from the movie hannibal. well, not that good.

  63. JMClarkent says: Jun 22, 2014 12:42 PM

    LA is the wise decision here on numerous levels.

    The Clippers, who share the town/ are the franchise equivalent of the Lakers, just sold for 2 Billion (if Sterling can get out of his own way).

    The Raiders would have the LA media market to themselves in the NFL – seems like might easy money to me.

  64. leatherface2012 says: Jun 22, 2014 12:47 PM

    hmm all the packer fans still think the vikings are moving to la

  65. babygaga19 says: Jun 22, 2014 1:50 PM

    Mexico City.

  66. raiderbeat says: Jun 22, 2014 4:01 PM

    Mark wants LA but LA does not want him or this deal would have happened a long time ago… The city that is flying completely under the radar is Austin. The circuit of America was not built to be simply a racing venue, and Red McCombs was not brought in as a partner because he loves racing. The area 30 south of Austin and 30 min north of San Antonio is the perfect site. Jerry Jones will have a fit and so will UT but combined market would dwarf anything but LA. UT would hold the games until the venue was built. It is not a difficult plan to pull off.

  67. simonator917 says: Jun 22, 2014 5:00 PM

    City of Angels, and champions, awaits your return.

    It’ll never happen, though, because the NFL won’t allow a move to a city that will not build a football palace at the public’s expense:

    “If the public doesn’t fund it, they won’t come.”

  68. glclemg says: Jun 22, 2014 5:00 PM

    Mark looks like he’s ready to get a room at the Airport Hilton for a ginger rally again.

  69. simonator917 says: Jun 22, 2014 5:14 PM

    . . . opening up the league coffers for us once time would be nice too.
    Dude, what league have you been watching?

  70. pantherpro says: Jun 22, 2014 5:43 PM

    Oaktown you can’t draw for football or baseball. There’s a reason you are on FM radio and your stadium is tarped for both teams! Oaktown has always been the ugly step sister up against the might Giants and Niners. You could both move and nobody would notice or care!


  71. thetooloftools says: Jun 22, 2014 8:48 PM

    Bad teams that get hammered and are out of it by week 10 won’t put fans in the seats of ANY stadium new or old.

  72. R. Scott Freeman says: Jun 23, 2014 9:05 PM

    Just Win, Baby, and a new “Coliseum City” for the Raiders and the A’s will happen. The Raiders will improve their win totals each of the next two seasons, and Colony Capital will be licking it’s chops to invest. The Raiders will build on the west side of the Nimitz, and once they and the Warriors vacate their homes, Lew Wolff will build a new stadium on the current Coliseum grounds. Gonna happen, and when it does, the entire Bay Area will be in its’ rightful place on top of the U.S. sports world. Can you say 2024 or 2028 Olympics? And the Raiders and A’s will surpass their dynasties of the ’70’s. Then nobody will be laughing at Mark’s hair and both he and Lew will be lauded for being patient and holding out for Oakland. And the Raiders and the A’s will be worth double what they are now.

  73. mindset839 says: Jun 24, 2014 8:56 AM

    Without sports, especially the Raiders, what does Oakland have? The mayor needs to figure out a way to get a stadium built before Oaklands greatest treasure is forced to move.

  74. dessertbarbie says: Jun 24, 2014 11:05 PM

    The Raiders ARE Oakland! Sorry LA people but you couldn’t keep the team because there is no fan loyalty. It’s a bunch of bandwagon folks…..Clippers are a perfect example. Who gave a crap about them 3 years ago. No one! Oakland will figure it out, starting with the A’s.

  75. rebelsfinest1 says: Jun 25, 2014 6:45 PM


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