Raiders won’t leave Oakland until 2019 at the earliest

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Regardless of whether the Raiders ultimately move to Las Vegas, they won’t be leaving Oakland until 2019.

Via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, owner Mark Davis said that the team will continue to play at the Oakland Coliseum through 2018.

“We want to bring a Super Bowl championship back to the Bay Area,” Davis said.

That sounds a lot better than, “We got nowhere else to go.” That statement is more true than what Davis said; otherwise, he would stay in Oakland until at least one more Lombardi Trophy is secured.

The Raiders have one-year options at the Coliseum for 2017 and 2018, allowing them to stay put while their new stadium in Las Vegas is built. This allows them to try to time the move to the completion of the stadium, allowing the Raiders to avoid having to find temporary space in Las Vegas or elsewhere while the building is completed.

Unless approval to move is secured quickly, the Raiders ultimately may need another year or two in Oakland beyond 2018. That could make the negotiations on an extended lease a little awkward, with the powers-that-be in Oakland possibly tempted either to drive a hard bargain or to tell the Raiders to get lost if/when the Raiders realize that their Las Vegas home wouldn’t be ready until 2019 or later.

26 responses to “Raiders won’t leave Oakland until 2019 at the earliest

  1. There is no point of the Raiders lingering on in Oakland when it’s obvious they are moving to Las Vegas. They should make Sam Boyd Stadium their home until the new mega palace is ready. The Vikings played in a college stadium until their new Stadium was ready.

    2016 should be the Raiders last season in Oakland. Move to Las Vegas after this season!!!!!!!

  2. Playing 2-3 years as a “lame duck team” in Oakland is dumb. Just move after this season. They can expand and do some work on Sam Boyd Stadium to make it a decent temporary venue.

    Can’t wait for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Las Vegas stadium. It will be just as nice as Kroenke’s new stadium.

  3. Too bad, just when the Raiders appear to have turned it around. Same thing that happened to Cleveland in 1995. At least they only had a single lame duck season.

  4. Not sure how I feel about repeating anything an NFL owner says in a matter-of-fact way — in particular from someone like Mark Davis, who seems even more spectacularly out-of-touch with the real world than even your typical NFL owner.

  5. Florio

    This is at least the second post you made about this today. Why do you care?

    Earlier, you say that any bad call can now be conceived as gambling and questionable.

    Now you hit them by saying….

    That sounds a lot better than, “We got nowhere else to go.” That statement is more true than what Davis said; otherwise, he would stay in Oakland until at least one more Lombardi Trophy is secured.

    It’s all poilitics and marketing. You of all people should know that as it is your business.

    Go into the locker rooms there and shovel that same stuff you are spewing.

    If you do not like the move just say it, don’t waffle like a two bit lawyer or politician.

  6. They Raiders aren’t moving until the stadium is ready, money wise, facilites, fan base, besides Las Vegas don’t have a good place at this moment, no need to rush it.

  7. why anyone would waste money on attending raider games after this is beyond stupid. I get it they are your team and you love them but the owner loves money more and will get plenty of it from vegas so why give him yours? let him go there with as little money as possible, granted when you are as rich as he is it may not matter but it’s the principle that should matter to you guys. he is giving you the finger but still wanting your money so tell him no thanks by not giving him your money.

  8. If you think Oakland is going to support a bunch of Carpet baggers about to skip town, Mark Davis is really under- estimating this Town.

    If the Raiders stayed for the 2017 season it would be a glorified funeral.

    Ole poor slow witted, dumb, unfit, misguided NFL owner. Learn from Belichick’s last year with the Browns. Belichick had the Browns ready to make a Super Bowl run. The news came down that Art Modell was moving the team and the Backlash from Cleveland fans was so great it spiraled them downwards towards a losing season.

    Mark Davis give the cocaine a break, clear your head, and get a clue. If you’re moving the Raiders to Vegas please leave at your earliest convenience. Oakland doesn’t want you hanging around.

  9. The raiders have the greatest fan base in the world. they are oh so global. why do they need help to build their own house? Oh wait, the tarp people dont have cash, yes?

  10. As a St Louisian I would like to tell people to ignore everything the owner/team president say. Also prepare to be trashed and dissed after its all said and done for no good reason. I feel for the fans of Oakland. They shouldn’t have to pay for a stadium that they then in turn have to pay to get into. Our cities are in the red, we shouldn’t be paying billionaires pet projects.

  11. They should build a beautiful new stadium in Oakland. Then they should let the 9ers play there, so we can end this ridiculous Santa Clara farce.
    And the Raiders? Just disband that team and delete them from history.

  12. Stalling time already…wheres Eddie DeBartolo I heard he was putting group together with Ronnie Lott try Raiders in Oakland…anyways they wont be leaving Oakland people I’m sticking to my experience of going through this before..Davis would be gone by now if he really wanted to go…he just wants a new stadium in Oakland and also L A I doubt the chargers go and wasn’t that supposed to be Raiders choice if chargers don’t want to move there ?? its all pyshco samatic people…its really simple we been hearing and seeing him on TV saying its a done deal now just the signature is left…and then 2016 comes and still Oakland Raiders…I love my team and always will no matter where they go …but they aint going no wheres but where they know they belong and that’s Oakland CA

  13. justbegbaby says:
    Oct 16, 2016 1:31 AM
    The raiders have the greatest fan base in the world. they are oh so global. why do they need help to build their own house? Oh wait, the tarp people dont have cash, yes?
    **************************************
    Talking about the tarp and relating it to a global fanbase just confirm you have no idea what a global fanbase is.

    Here’s a hint, your team doesn’t have one.

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