The Raiders haven’t said much regarding the 10-year lease for the A’s at the stadium shared by Oakland’s baseball and football teams. The group attempting to develop a new stadium for the Raiders apparently has said plenty.
In a recent letter, the lawyer for the stadium development team reportedly argued that a new lease for the A’s would make it harder to build a new stadium for the Raiders at the site of the O.co Coliseum.
The Raiders want a new stadium by 2018. To make that happen, the current structure would have to be torn down in 2015. The proposed lease would delay that timetable by at least two years, as explained by Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area.
The lease, approved last week by a joint city-county commission under threat of relocation of the A’s from Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, still faces additional levels of approval. Ultimately, Oakland could be choosing between keeping the A’s and keeping the Raiders.