A’s claim they have a new lease, which could mean Raiders will have a new town

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The travesty apparently will continue.

That’s the word Raiders owner Mark Davis has applied to the lingering reality that his team plays many of its games with a giant dirt baseball infield superimposed on what otherwise would be green grass made extra lush by the top-quality fertilizer flowing freely at times from the stadium bathrooms.  The infield is there because the A’s share the venue, and the A’s announced Wednesday a 10-year agreement to keep playing there.

As explained by Matt O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury News, city and county officials found the announcement from A’s owner Lew Wolff and Commissioner Bud Selig surprising, since from the politicians’ perspective an agreement on a new lease has not yet been reached.

Davis may used a word other than “surprising” to characterize his thoughts on the matter.

While Davis typically says all the right things about sharing a stadium with the A’s (except for the “travesty” remark), a lease that would keep the A’s at the current stadium location for a decade complicates the football team’s search for a new home.  Davis wants a stadium without a baseball infield, which means a stadium without a baseball team.  With the A’s intending to stay at the O.co Coliseum for another 10 years and hoping for a new building at the same location, that’s one less place where the Raiders can develop a long-term home.

These events are happening at a time when the Raiders have the ability, if at least 23 other owners will let them, to pack up and move to a new city.  The Raiders have a one-year lease, and Davis has repeatedly expressed frustration about the lack of progress toward a solution.  If, as it appears, the A’s are securing the deal they want at a time the Raiders can’t (even though Oakland had hoped to do a deal with the Raiders first), don’t be shocked if Davis finally commences the launch sequence for a relocation to L.A. or Portland or anywhere that would embrace the Silver and Black with a state-of-the-art stadium consisting of 120-by-53 yards of continuous green.

85 responses to “A’s claim they have a new lease, which could mean Raiders will have a new town

  1. Just move back to LA. No big deal. LA team issue solved.

    The Rams can move back too. Share a stadium like New York does.

    Jacksonville can move to St. Louis.

    Bills stay in upstate NY (that MSA is not as small as some think).

  2. If the Raiders go to Portland they will lose any form of intimidation they had left as a franchise because they will all dress like they are in Weezer, graduate college, and go work at a coffeehouse or microbrewery.

  3. The A’s are winners. The A’s played in that stadium first. The Raiders modifications ruined their stadium. The Raiders are free to leave town and take Mount Davis with them.

  4. That stadium is a complete dump. Why the A’s would want to stay in a place where the feces flows around your feet and they call it the black hole. YUCK!!!

  5. Keep the raiders in Oakland. It’s where they belong. Also, move the report button away from the thumbs up so it’s easier for mobile to not accidentally report comments ten times a day. I have fat fingers

  6. So the Cardinals can roll an entire regulation football field in and out of the stadium at will & the city of Oakland can’t figure out how to cover up a dirt infield for a total of 8 games in order to keep the Raiders from leaving town? SMH

  7. I would love to see the Raiders move to San Antonio. The Alamo Dome is ready for a permanent occupant.

  8. Actually the Raiders were in the Coliseum before the A’s moved from Kansas City in 1967. However as much as I love the sound of the “Oakland Raiders” I think the NFL and the fans would be better served if “Oakland” was changed to “California” and the team moved back to LA – but not to play in the over sized Coliseum (Mausoleum) like before.

  9. This lies squarely at the feet of the incompetent Mayor Jean Quan. For most of you outside the Bay Area this lady makes Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar.

    As a Niner fan there is supposed to be an animus between our two teams yet I would be saddened if they left Oakland since they have one of the most die hard fans bases in the League. Year in and year out the show up, dressed up and root for the Silver Black. The very definition of loyal.

    Unlike those neon green pukes in the North who only show up when the team wins.

  10. Time to move, but don’t move if you don’t get a new stadium. The last move to LA was not good. Too bad Oakland does want the Raiders now that they are starting to get good. Bad Timing.

  11. I think it’s an advantage to have the only infield. You get to practice with it, nobody else does. It gets in other teams heads. Heck, I’d leave the pitchers mound too.

  12. I have said for the past 4 years, knowing that Oakland doesn’t have support to build a new facility, the Raiders will head south again.
    L.A. Raiders baby !! Someone will get an agreement signed with Mark and the NFL will give him their blessings. It’s a damn shame they leave Oakland, their rightful home, but this is big business and you need the proper facilities.

  13. Why is that this stadium is a crap hole for the Raiders, but it’s the best place for the A’s? The Raiders play 8 regular season games there and the A’s play how many? I live in in Ohio and the Horseshoe is much older than O.co Coliseum and they don’t have these issues. If you don’t constantly fix things at your house it will be a piece of crap too. Put some money into it.

  14. Half the Raider fans are wondering what an Animus looks like or if is some part of a hot dog.

  15. Rumpt, Netherlands should put a bid in. We’ll then have the Rumpt Raiders. It would penetrate the European market so Godell will probably love it.

  16. I think that their playing on dirt half the season is kind of cool and unique…but that’s just me.

  17. I dont want the Raiders to leave Oakland but it appears the city has now given them no choice but to move. Davis wants to stay in Oakland but they badly need a stadium, this move seems crazy as the Coliseum is so outdated.

    Be a shame if they move but the lack of talks and urgency from the city to Davis kinda says it all

  18. The Oak Co. Colesium was opened 48 years ago. It’s outdated, and a dump. They are the only team left sharing a stadium with baseball.

    And yet, the NFL is never mentioning that Oakland needs a new stadium to stay there. Over the years pretty much EVERY relocation has, at its root, been a stadium issue. Often times because the NFL put pressure on the cities to do so. Currently, the Bills are facing this exact issue- all those close to the league including Goodell himself indicate they want the Bills to stay where they are but only if they can get a new stadium.

    What makes the Raiders the exception? Seems to me that Davis is the only one who cares about a new stadium, meanwhile the NFL is out hounding Buffalo, San Diego & St. Louis about their stadiums, none of which are any worse than Oakland.

  19. Do what AZ did. Put the football field in a tray and roll it in/out for football, over the baseball field…”we have the technology”.
    Oh, and those new-fangled indoor flush toilets would be nice too.

  20. Personally I haven’t watched MLB in about 25 years I find it incredibly boring.

    But, they play 82 games a year and the Raiders 10 including preseason, so the A’s generate a lot more revenue.

  21. Put the squeeze on Sacramento. You would still draw from the East Bay, the Delta, the Central Valley, and up to Reno. The marketing area would be huge and still not violate the 49ers area.

    At one time they (Sacramento) were willing to build a new stadium for the A’s. Why not the Raiders?

  22. iloveagoodnap says:
    Jun 26, 2014 12:18 PM
    The Oak Co. Colesium was opened 48 years ago. It’s outdated, and a dump. They are the only team left sharing a stadium with baseball.

    And yet, the NFL is never mentioning that Oakland needs a new stadium to stay there. Over the years pretty much EVERY relocation has, at its root, been a stadium issue. Often times because the NFL put pressure on the cities to do so. Currently, the Bills are facing this exact issue- all those close to the league including Goodell himself indicate they want the Bills to stay where they are but only if they can get a new stadium.

    What makes the Raiders the exception? Seems to me that Davis is the only one who cares about a new stadium, meanwhile the NFL is out hounding Buffalo, San Diego & St. Louis about their stadiums, none of which are any worse than Oakland.

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    thing is san diego is finally gettign traction and has had several blueprints for a new stadium rendered already..the new mayor is a san diego state alum who knows sdsu football rides o na stadium for the chargers and the new mayor is also a huge chargers fan and san diegan who said he will not let them leave on his watch and will do everything in his power to get a stadium for them and also make the best possible deal for the city taxpayers in keeping it a win win for both sides…buffalo,st louis and oakland dotn even have a blueprint or a plan with dialouge drummed up yet.atleast san diego has some things up and running in the pursuit of the new chargers stadium. keep in mind san diego and san francisco are both cali cities that have newer modern baseball stadiums for their baseball teams they are playing that were built not long ago.

  23. @deljzc

    Jacksonville’s MSA is larger than Buffalo’s. JAX is growing, while Buffalo is shrinking (I’m not saying that the Bills should move). Don’t let facts get in the way of your argument though…

  24. I would not be shocked to see the Raiders play a few home games at Levi’s Stadium in Sept and Oct down the line.

    How are the Raiders going to move to L.A. with Davis as the owner and no new stadium?

    Does Portland have a stadium?

    I fear the Raiders are going to stay in that dump for years to come.

  25. I am all for keeping the Raiders in Oakland, but really just don’t move anyone to LA. And I still find it funny that people think all Seattle fans are bandwagons

  26. @rohlo

    That all may be true but it’s not the point.

    The point is that Oakland is in need of a new stadium just as much as anyone else, and yet the NFL never seems to care. St Louis, SD and Buffalo have the ‘build a new stadium or move’ cloud over their heads and have for quite some time. In Oakland it seems to only be Davis, and not the league who thinks a new stadium is necessary.

    Who has blueprints is irrelevant. What’s relevant is my question of why Oakland is apparently excused from being pressured by the NFL despite having a similar stadium situation as the other 3 franchises I mentioned.

  27. The Portland Raiders. kind of has a nice ring to it. If this happens The NFL should re-allign and make the raiders part of the NFC West and move STL to the AFC west for geographical reasons STL, KC, DEN, AZ makes sense with an NFC west of SEA, POR, SF, SD. it would also tip the balance of power to make the league even more exciting, just saying.

  28. Buffalo has a huge market actually one of the largest in the world, 5th largest in North America, as part of the Buffalo-Rochester -Toronto corridor. Just can’t count bodies across the the Niagara River into Canada.

  29. 1st I would look to a state that doesn’t take every dime they can in taxes. I’m not sure how crazy Oregon is on taxes but if they are not willing to cut davis a good deal I would check out Oklahoma. anyone thinking of doing business in California is out of their minds. even Hollywood is drying up as movies are made any where else but California.

  30. Not a Seahawks fan, but I don’t know why everyone gets on their fans’ case. C’mon, let them have their 15 minutes of fun before their team disappears into mediocrity for another 30 years.

  31. The Raiders should move they have given Oakland more then enough time to do something the MN twins have three yes three stadiums before the Raides have two stadiums and they have won 3 SB WOW If Oakland doesn’t want them 100 other cities would love to have the most popular sport in the world stupidity …

  32. Just Win Baby, and the stadium issue will take care of itself. If the Raiders win 7 or 8 games this year and make the playoffs next year, I bet Colony Capital will be licking its’ chops to invest in Oakland. Coliseum City… Raiders will build on the West of the Nimitz, the Warriors will split for SF, and Wolff will then be able to build a new venue right along side the old one.

    This scenario is very realistic, and Oakland will be revitalized with not only with state of the art new stadiums for both teams, but also a complete shopping and entertainment district, along with perhaps some upscale condos, a la Santana Row.

    And this will add to the value of bringing the Olympics to the Bay Area in 2028 or 2032, possibly even 2024, if it happens quick enough.

    Patience will be rewarded, the Raiders and the A’s value will skyrocket, and free agents will swarm to our teams… dynasties to rival the 70’s awaits.

  33. lets get to the real issue..a’s 10 year lease is 10 one year club options…..the current site could easily accomandate the current warriors arena, and the raiders could build a new stadium to the south parking lot, while the a’s build to the north parking, and then you could implode the current stadium and build your downtown coliseum city there…plenty of land , plus the new bart/airport train connection is set to open in a few months.

  34. Patience will be rewarded, the Raiders and the A’s value will skyrocket, and free agents will swarm to our teams… dynasties to rival the 70′s awaits.

    Dude, whatever you are smoking, I want some.

  35. It’s kinda crazy! Nearly every other NFL team gets a new stadium with tax payer help, yet Oakland Raiders dont get a whif? So much for the great support of Raider Nation.

    What the city of Oakland must do is sell more licenses to street vendors for their famous cat meat burritos and then tax the hell out of them. That might work.

  36. Hasn’t there been some major injuries to players because of that stupid field? That and the fact that the opposing players are afraid to have their families in the stands and they have to wear their helmets at all times to protect themselves from batteries and other projectiles.

  37. Um – why don’t they put in field turf? You can patch that for football games and unpatch it for baseball….

  38. Well this will be it. Oakland will now most likely relocate.

    Of all the teams asking for new stadiums, they have no right until they play in the dump like that of O.Co Coliseum.

    It’s like a person that has been bumped off time and time again for that heart transplant.

    Move to L.A. and play in Candlestick Park for 2 seasons until a new stadium is built…And as soon as it’s sanctioned immediately win the Super Bowl bid to host one in L.A.

    Candlestick is seriously a 25 minute drive from Oakland to the stadium.

    It may feel like sloppy seconds but damn it.. ITS A FOOTBALL STADIUM.

  39. dragonflypack said:
    Move to San Francisco. That would be the ultimate slap in the San Jose 48ers Face Mask. That would be great.
    Love it.
    Please don’t move to LA. The NFL TV rules are bad enough w/o a team. Don’t need another $ grubbing owner.
    Things are tough all over Mini-Al. Build your own stadium.

  40. San Antonio Raiders has a nice ring to it. It would also be a no-brainer financially for the franchise. As in no state income tax? And we just love teams whose colors are silver and black.

  41. wtfchiefs says:
    Jun 26, 2014 10:51 AM
    If the Raiders go to Portland they will lose any form of intimidation they had left as a franchise because they will all dress like they are in Weezer, graduate college, and go work at a coffeehouse or microbrewery.
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    That’s Awesome!

  42. Portland is nothing more than Northern California. Mostly transplant from CA so Portland seems natural. The stadium there is a small dump so the Raiders would feel at home.

  43. chargersdiehard says: Jun 26, 2014 2:11 PM

    Send them to the CFL where they might actually be competitive.
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    They weren’t very competitive last year, but they did manage to beat one playoff team. Choo choo.

  44. Obviously some of you have no clue. Candlecrap is a MUCH bigger dump than O.co. It was an embarrassment that the Santa Clara Whiners were forced to play in that dump with 5 Superbowls. Its embarrassing that the Raiders have to play in O.co with 3 Superbowls. Hopefully they can work something out

  45. “The travesty apparently will continue.”

    I thought this was in reference to the team’s play.

  46. “Its embarrassing that the Raiders have to play in O.co with 3 Superbowls.”

    When they won those Super Bowls THREE DECADES AGO it was still relatively new.

  47. Hey all you LA Raiders fan ( all 25,000 of you ) get your own dam team. The Raiders belong to Oakland and they always have and will. Your failed attempt to steal our team the first time still hasn’t impressed any team to move to your sorry city. And how pathetic you guys log on over and over again to cast thumbs up on your own comments. I guess when you are on house arrest like the LA fans are you have all the time to do so. Too bad you don’t own $4 to your name in order to ever buy a ticket to support OUR team!

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