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Raiders’ stadium development team opposes A’s lease

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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.

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56 Responses to “Raiders’ stadium development team opposes A’s lease”
  1. JSpicoli says: Jul 9, 2014 4:56 PM

    Finally maybe someone in Oakland, City of, will have their hand forced.

    Do something.

  2. ninetysixer says: Jul 9, 2014 4:56 PM

    well, if your the city of Oakland, are you going to spend $500 mill+ to build something that will be used 81 days a year or one that will be used 10 days a year?

    seems like a no-brainer to me.

  3. rubicon202 says: Jul 9, 2014 4:58 PM

    Less talking, More actions lady’s and gents. Make the new stadium happen…

  4. corky2141 says: Jul 9, 2014 4:58 PM

    Why doesn’t Goodell give the same ultimatum to the city that selig did?

  5. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 9, 2014 5:01 PM

    Fans of quality NFL play, oppose the Oakland Raiders franchise.

  6. ngbradley says: Jul 9, 2014 5:09 PM

    MLB is a cartel with anti trust exemption from Congress.

    The best team in baseball, the A’s, could end up homeless because they are not allowed to enter another market without permission and are forbidden from moving to San Jose.

    It is truly evil in the context of the fact that the A’s gave the Giants the rights to san jose for $0.00 in 1992 and now want $100m to give the rights back.

  7. r8rsfan says: Jul 9, 2014 5:11 PM

    I think the Raiders franchise wants to stay in Oakland more than the city wants the team. Time has come to do what’s in the best interest of the franchise.

  8. shadowcell says: Jul 9, 2014 5:12 PM

    I’d keep the A’s, personally.

  9. jayhawk6 says: Jul 9, 2014 5:12 PM

    Maybe the Raiders’ people could suggest an arm wrestling contest between Roger Goodell and Bud Selig.

  10. rohlo says: Jul 9, 2014 5:12 PM

    pick one or the other!!! the team that has been comeptitive for the last better part of the decade and has won a world series since the raiders last won anything or the team that has to tarp its stadium off and hasnthad a winning season in 12 years!! if i was oakland i would pick the A’s..the A’s werent the team that left oakland for LA then came crawling back..the A’s use the stadium for 81 games a year..the raiders use it for 8+2 preseason games..i mnot addign playoffs becasue it has been so long… the A’s have bee nalot more loyal to the pakland area tha nthe riaturds have ever been!!!

  11. thenewguy12 says: Jul 9, 2014 5:13 PM

    A’s are going for their third straight division title, Raiders are 0 for the past decade. I think the A’s win.

  12. shatho1 says: Jul 9, 2014 5:17 PM

    Raiders back to L.A. book it.

  13. sjsuguy says: Jul 9, 2014 5:19 PM

    Move to LA already.

  14. therealraider says: Jul 9, 2014 5:20 PM

    The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority still owes 180 Million dating back to the Mount Davis construction, Unless a private investor pays that off on top of the new stadium cost, the Authority will never allow the Coliseum to be destroyed.

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 9, 2014 5:22 PM

    They probably don’t have any good ideas for a stadium design anyhow, take some more time and really think about this before doing anything rash or aggressive. But keep in mind that only leaves more time for others to raid on your parade.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 9, 2014 5:22 PM

    They probably don’t have any good ideas for a stadium design anyhow, take some more time and really think about this before doing anything rash or aggressive. But keep in mind that only leaves more time for others to raid on your parade.

  17. humb0lt says: Jul 9, 2014 5:31 PM

    The A’s are winners. The Raiders are losers. The Raiders would do Oakland a favor my moving elsewhere so the stadium can remove Mount Davis.

  18. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jul 9, 2014 5:33 PM

    The Giants “own” the rights to the south bay so the A’s can’t move there. But, do the Niners own the same territorial rights? San Jose wants, is ready, and has the spot to build a stadium. Why not move the Raiders to San Jose? I’m sure Al would love to take some shine off the new Niners stadium.

  19. longsufferingkcfan says: Jul 9, 2014 5:36 PM

    It would be nice to have a team in LA, but few people want the Raiders here. It’s absolutely not worth the other problems that come with it and it looks like the city of Oakland has come to the same conclusion.

  20. eroschmidt says: Jul 9, 2014 5:41 PM

    I hear the Raiders DO have a new stadium design already in place. Its a perfectly round bowl with straight lines. Mark Davis designed it himself.

  21. tooz72 says: Jul 9, 2014 5:54 PM

    Portland!!!!

  22. sjsuguy says: Jul 9, 2014 5:57 PM

    San Jose doesn’t want the raiders. It’s 49er country down here.

  23. micklegrande says: Jul 9, 2014 6:10 PM

    I’m an AFC traditionalist and would love to see the Raiders remain in Oakland. Unfortunately, I believe that’s unlikely to happen.

    Mark Davis doesn’t have $1 billion to build a new stadium in Oakland or Los Angeles. The California state legislature will not agree to a taxpayer funded stadium. Furthermore, there’s a multi-billion dollar development happening at USC that will rival the best college campus housing, retail and restaurants of any private or public university in America. I don’t believe the city or university would approve of leasing to the Raiders in today’s environment. Pasadena would absolutely be out of the conversation.

    At some point in the not too distant future, Mark Davis will be faced with the decision of selling the team to an investor that can fund a new stadium in Oakland or, unfortunately, look for another host state and city on the west coast.

  24. sjsuguy says: Jul 9, 2014 6:12 PM

    The raiders should move to LA and adopt a new nickname that way the people of LA will embrace the team with open arms.

  25. realnflmaster says: Jul 9, 2014 6:16 PM

    Baseball will have 5% of the audience the NFL has in 50 years. Baseball is dying in america, all you have to do is see the numbers. More youth today watching MLS then MLB. Let alone NBA and NHL which also have a greater following.

  26. El Pollo Loco says: Jul 9, 2014 6:19 PM

    The raiders could play at a public park and it would be nicer than the Coliseum is .

  27. tooz72 says: Jul 9, 2014 6:31 PM

    LA Burritos!

  28. thetooloftools says: Jul 9, 2014 6:31 PM

    Help me please. How can San Fran seamlessly move two team’s into new facilities while Oakland fumbles around… what is up with that?

  29. radrntn says: Jul 9, 2014 6:44 PM

    Time will tell all….but i thought all along they would play in existing site why they built a new venue next to the old one, and then implode the old one to develop retail/ trade area.

    With that said they could easily enough build two venues, and keep both happy……Bottom line based on the latest report seems like the ball is in the raiders courts and that is show the money, and not the talk of “what if” Bottom line…Money talks, bs walks.

  30. ern215 says: Jul 9, 2014 6:46 PM

    The city of oaklands administration is incompetent and has been for decades, the raiders have never been given a fair shake of the hand by either the nfl or the city of oakland or the city of los angeles going all the way back to the late 70s. It wouod break my heart to see my raiders leave my hometown, but lets be real, portland could support the raiders just as well as any other city in the nfl supports their team.

  31. vanmorrissey says: Jul 9, 2014 6:52 PM

    The stadium, quite literally, is a cesspool Ideal situation would be to demolish and start over. Raiders want their own, not a shared, stadium. Hey, Markie D., idea. Go out and find a sight and build it yourself with loans from the NFL, the city, whomever, or fund it yourself. Then the A’s, whom I love, would be left to wallow in that mess. Nobody says you have to depend on the city or state to get anything done, anyone who’s lived in Cali the last 20-30 years knows that.

  32. bandoy767 says: Jul 9, 2014 6:52 PM

    I really don’t see how the A’s and Raiders can’t get together to make a state of the art stadium that can host both games. The Cardinals have a retractable field for crying out loud!!

  33. beattention says: Jul 9, 2014 7:14 PM

    I love it when the raiders have problems.

  34. pwalsh346 says: Jul 9, 2014 8:02 PM

    NFL international expansion is a 3 -5 year reality. The Radiers brand is well known, the MO fits the team and it’s US fan base…Davis will nake a ton of money.
    London Raiders. Book it.

  35. oaktowngreek says: Jul 9, 2014 8:17 PM

    Hey LA Raider fans, (all 25,000 of you) can you please stop logging on multiple times and casting thumbs up on your pathetic request to move the Raiders to LA. I know you guys are all on house arrest and have all day to do that, but get a life, and get your own team. The Raiders will stay in the Bay Area regardless what happens at the Coliseum. There’s a reason why they left LA, and why the league can not get nothing done there, and it’s plain and simply you guys suck!!

  36. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 9, 2014 8:43 PM

    i am just curious….where would the raiders play between 2015-and 2018….just wondering…Santa Clara???? Candlestick???? Cal???

  37. pwalsh346 says: Jul 9, 2014 9:03 PM

    Umm…Oakland. The stadium isn’t going anywhere.

  38. dawsonleery says: Jul 9, 2014 9:55 PM

    The city of Oakland rather keep the A’s since they bring in more cash. They play like 10,000 baseball games a year to 8 Raider games. I think Mark Davis wants to stay in Oakland but its obvious that its coming to an end. Raiders will probably move to Candlestick for a few years until they find a new home, I say Portland will be a serious landing spot.

  39. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 9, 2014 10:17 PM

    If you live in the Bay Area and are paying attention, you know it’s not much of a development team.
    All hat, no cattle. A smokescreen with no fire…
    I personally think their only goal is to separate Oakland from as much money as they can by performing various “feasibility studies” and things of that nature.

  40. ravenmuscle says: Jul 9, 2014 11:17 PM

    I understand why Goodell wants a team in L.A….its a HUGE TV market…BUT when the Rams played there you could hear a pin drop….the L.A. fans show up to be seen but not heard. The late Merlin Olsen often said playing at home in L.A. was like playing a road game. Cheering is an unknown to L.A. football fans. The cameras would always show the actors, actresses, and celebrities in the stands but you never heard anybody cheering the team on.

    Also, the cost of a new stadium that meets the NFL standards of club levels and suite boxes is a billion dollars. The Raiders don’t have that kind of money and California tax payers aren’t going to vote for any stadium tax dollars.

    Plus what California needs more than anything is WATER. The drought they are going through is reaching disastrous levels.

  41. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 9, 2014 11:57 PM

    The unsung hero of that team plays for the jaguars
    they are going to miss Dude more than they expect

  42. txraiders says: Jul 9, 2014 11:59 PM

    Stanford? New stadium in 2006, only holds 50k.

    It is a good question, but I am sure they could work something out. Maybe the 49ers would share temporarily. That would still be ugly. I don’t like the taste of LA.

  43. andreweac says: Jul 10, 2014 12:58 AM

    Proposal already states Raiders will play at Field of Jeans.

    I still don’t understand why they can’t share that stadium…

  44. syphermce says: Jul 10, 2014 2:08 AM

    Considering the Raiders seem to change cities every couple decades, I say just let them move back to LA for the next 20 years or so and by then, maybe Oakland will build them a new stadium and they can move back.

  45. ninerider says: Jul 10, 2014 2:40 AM

    The Giants and Niners sound like they have finally succeeded in there master plan of pushing the competition out of the area. But they should really see this as a business opportunity and double up with their cross bay neighbors and share stadiums. They would get the extra money from the lease the teams would sign and in the end A’s fans, but especially Raider fans would ultimately get upset after seeing the quality stadiums and start being more proactive in getting stadium deals done across the bay. Trust me, if a Raider fan has to walk into Levi Stadium and has to see all Niner memorabilia and none of theirs things will start to move. Or they become like the Clippers and be content sleeping on big brother Lakers couch for the rest of existence.

    Also many may forget, but the Giants almost moved to Florida years back and the Niners almost left too because they couldn’t get stadium deals done. That’s why the Niners are in Santa Clara to begin with. The Bay Area is a hard place to get things done.

  46. sjsuguy says: Jul 10, 2014 4:23 AM

    Hopefully not Santa Clara. I wouldn’t want them sticking up the new place with their fans and play on the field.

  47. kantbedenied says: Jul 10, 2014 6:08 AM

    I find it funny how cities, and states are quick to throw money to keep sports teams by agreeing to foot all or part of the bill for new stadiums. Yet, school systems are broken, roads in need of repair. O.Coliseum is a reflection of the city itself. Truly baffles me.

  48. gbfanforever says: Jul 10, 2014 6:27 AM

    In all seriousness, it just seems like if the Jets and Giants can share a stadium, the raiders and 49ers should have been able to. Why not have the raiders play in Santa Clara as well?

  49. Ed Bandell says: Jul 10, 2014 7:23 AM

    How about you take the money you would be spending on a new stadium and I dunno…maybe invest it in the city which so desperately needs it?

  50. 315judman says: Jul 10, 2014 8:17 AM

    I don’t like discussions about moving teams around.

    -Bills fan

  51. steelerben says: Jul 10, 2014 9:20 AM

    The London Raiders?
    The LA Raiders?
    The Las Vegas Raiders?
    The Oklahoma City Raiders?
    The Birmingham Raiders?
    The Portland Raiders?

    They aren’t staying in Oakland.

  52. natelan says: Jul 10, 2014 9:59 AM

    Do everyone a huge favor, most of all Raiders fans, and just dissolve this awful, worthless franchise.

    L.A.-based Raiders fans can become Rams or Chargers fans, while Oakland-based Raiders fans can become 49ers fans.

    Sounds painful at first, but once the tip is in, you’ll enjoy it.

  53. sjsuguy says: Jul 10, 2014 2:22 PM

    I cant imagine the raiders playing in Levi stadium. Why would they want to play somewhere that is designed to cater to fans of another team. Levi stadium is the 49er stadium all the way. Its seats are red and the fan walk and 49er museum are both there. Raider fan already has an inferiority complex and if they played there it would only make it worse.

  54. babygaga19 says: Jul 10, 2014 4:58 PM

    Nearly ever other NFL team has a new stadium. Oakland? Not a chance. Ever been there? It is a third-world country. English aint the primary language, american dollars not the primary currency. Money? HA, HA!

    Oakland needs to move to Mexico, secure a a sweetheart deal, and thrive. Maybe win a game or two.

    Incredible how this legendary franchise from the 70’s and early 80’s has so completely and pathetically fallen off the map. You guys deserve better.

  55. raiderapologist says: Jul 11, 2014 5:33 PM

    natelan says: Jul 10, 2014 9:59 AM

    Do everyone a huge favor, most of all Raiders fans, and just dissolve this awful, worthless franchise.

    L.A.-based Raiders fans can become Rams or Chargers fans, while Oakland-based Raiders fans can become 49ers fans.

    Sounds painful at first, but once the tip is in, you’ll enjoy it.
    —————
    That’s pretty much what Bobby Knight said about rape. Turns out he was an idiot, too. I have a grudging respect for the 49ers, because of what they have accomplished. The Chargers haven’t accomplished anything. They don’t deserve fans, and the few that claim to be are just Raider trolls.

  56. natelan69 says: Jul 13, 2014 7:49 PM

    raiderapologist says:
    Jul 11, 2014 5:33 PM
    natelan says: Jul 10, 2014 9:59 AM

    Do everyone a huge favor, most of all Raiders fans, and just dissolve this awful, worthless franchise.

    L.A.-based Raiders fans can become Rams or Chargers fans, while Oakland-based Raiders fans can become 49ers fans.

    Sounds painful at first, but once the tip is in, you’ll enjoy it.
    —————
    That’s pretty much what Bobby Knight said about rape. Turns out he was an idiot, too. I have a grudging respect for the 49ers, because of what they have accomplished. The Chargers haven’t accomplished anything. They don’t deserve fans, and the few that claim to be are just Raider trolls.
    ————–
    Just move, baby!

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