Oakland makes last ditch effort to disrupt Raiders move

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With all signs pointing to the Raiders securing at least 24 votes next week to relocate to Las Vegas, Oakland isn’t going down without a fight. Or at least without a random, awkward swing at air.

Via Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, Oakland claims that the investment firm trying to build a new Raiders stadium is willing to lend money to the Raiders on the same terms that Bank of America will do for the Las Vegas venue. If the terms don’t include at any level a path to equity in the franchise, maybe it would get the attention of owner Mark Davis.

It’s a slim maybe. Davis seems to be determined to move the team to Las Vegas, with a mindset hardened by the failure of Oakland to do anything until the Raiders were picking out drapes in their new house.

Kaplan also explains that a new Oakland stadium would be ready by 2021, only one year after a new stadium in Las Vegas. He likewise points out that Oakland regards concerns about baseball’s A’s being displaced by the project as a red herring, and that the site is large enough to allow an NFL stadium to be built without the A’s being disrupted or forced to move.

The last-ditch effort to secure at least nine votes to block the move could be too late. Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com recently reported that the Raiders have 27 or 28 votes in his pocket. And if it appears that Davis won’t have 24, the vote will likely get pushed to the quarterly meeting in May.

For now, the indications are that the vote is coming next week, and that the Raiders will secure the green light to head to the city where gambling is prevalent — and no one connected to the NFL seems to be particularly seems to be troubled by that.

41 responses to “Oakland makes last ditch effort to disrupt Raiders move

  1. Sometimes when you play a game of chicken you lose. Oakland should of solved this problem years ago.

  2. As a Raider fan I am disappointed that they are moving but on the other hand don’t think taxpayers should have to pick up the tab to keep any privately owned team in town.

  3. Think of it this way Oakland fans, the less money spent on NFL stadiums, the more public money that can be used for Sanctuary City Lawyers! Win Win for the Bay Area Residents!

  4. Gambling helps keep sports honest. If the handle (how much is being bet on one team) is exorbitant, the bookies notify the feds to look into if the game might be being fixed. Don’t kid yourself. This happens. Just like those Vegas point spreads that are hyper accurate. It’s not luck.

  5. One thing these moves clearly show is the ineptitude of local politicians at negotiating deals. I’m not saying Oakland should be willing to pay for projects for private owners, just that if they are willing to do so, then they need not to look like 6th graders in how they approach the deal. Politicians and bureaucrats are usually pretty clueless in this regard.

  6. Sorry Oakland but it was a slap to Mark’s face when you decided to to tell him not to let the door hit him in the @$$ and raised his rent a huge amount. Now with your tail between your @$$ it’s a little too late! I just wish they were allowed to move to LA instead of the unpopular Chargers. Oh well!

  7. Hope!! that will soon be doused by Greed… Cant be mad with what a man chooses to do with his business and what not, I can respect it… I just wish he at least pretended to care about the fans who made/make the Raiders {and any NFL Franchise for that matter} the billion dollar business it is…

    And before you say anything negative towards the fan base, they are some of the most humble and nicest people you will ever meet, We are just judged by the spikes and black and silver face paint… We take care of our own and we take care of our visitors… I have this sad feeling this will not carry over to Vegas and we will become something we are not, One of the 31 Teams in the NFL

    “There are 31 teams in the NFL, and then.. there are the Oakland Raiders”

  8. Oakland makes last ditch effort…

    Technically when you are talking about septic systems those are called laterals not ditches.

  9. dear owners: you are weakening and disenfranchising your own fan base, and slowly eroding away the things that made the nfl great. all 30 of you (green bay and the pegulas are okay)

  10. “I’m ready to kiss and say goodbye and help him pack his bags,” Noel Gallo said regarding Davis.

    Remember this statement Oakland, I’m sure Mark does!

  11. Oakland/San Francisco is a great market. Just not for a relatively poor owner like Mark Davis. He needs public funding.

    Vegas will be a disaster, but it’s really Mark’s only option. I won’t be a Las Vegas Fan or even a real NFL fan any longer, but good luck to them.

  12. The dufus above dissing Toronto sports teams and fans probably doesn’t understand the passion of Toronto fans. The Toronto Raiders would, unfortunately, spell an end to the Toronto Argonauts. Some day, Toronto will get an NFL team as it is a world class city. “billswillnevermove” is an ornery guy from Cheektowaga. Must be snow-blind in Buffalo. Ultimately, The Raider’s belong in Oakland and the NFL product is weaker already without the San Diego Chargers. Go Oakland and Libby Schaaff on getting a deal in place soon.

  13. Its a done deal. Lets do this. Sorry to my fellow fans living in Oakland. I live in a nearby state and I will still try to find a way to have an amazing LV weekend traveling watch the Raiders. Youll either get over it or make arrangements to road trip to the Vege for the weekend of a lifetime. The Raiders deserve a brand new stadium, period. With cornerstones like Carr and Mack we’ll probably be one of the most dominant teams for the next decade or more. Do you really want to see an elite team play in a 60s era stadium?

  14. I’d like to think this has merit, but St Louis threw a Hail Mary (complete with Joe Buck narration!) and the owners still let Kroenke go.

    The lack of private funding from an area so full of obnoxiously wealthy people leads me to believe, again, that NFL stadiums just are not as profitable for owners as the NFL and owners say they are. New stadiums skyrocket the value of the franchise, yes, but the communities who build them don’t truly see a benefit financially in the long run.

  15. When the patriots needed a new stadium their owner cheated and built it and paid for it himself.

    Unlike the rest of the NFL….

    Yep we cheat at everything.

  16. Too little too late Oakland fans. You didn’t want to pony up and I don’t blame you. But now you have to pay the cost for not ponying up.

    The owners want to hurry up and split up that relocation fee the Raiders have to pay the other NFL owners.

  17. Its a done deal. Lets do this. Sorry to my fellow fans living in Oakland. I live in a nearby state and I will still try to find a way to have an amazing LV weekend traveling watch the Raiders. Youll either get over it or make arrangements to road trip to the Vege for the weekend of a lifetime. The Raiders deserve a brand new stadium, period. With cornerstones like Carr and Mack we’ll probably be one of the most dominant teams for the next decade or more. Do you really want to see an elite team play in a 60s era stadium?
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    yah. And I deserve a brand new house. you pay? come visit me.

  18. Sorry Oakland but it was a slap to Mark’s face when you decided to to tell him not to let the door hit him in the @$$ and raised his rent a huge amount. Now with your tail between your @$$ it’s a little too late! I just wish they were allowed to move to LA instead of the unpopular Chargers. Oh well!
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    sorry buckaroo. the raiders already crashed and burned in LA. Memba? The NFL thought it might make more sense to move a far more profitable franchise 90 miles north than deal with Davis and his tarps. Do you get it now?

  19. babygaga19 says:
    Mar 24, 2017 5:24 PM
    Its a done deal. Lets do this. Sorry to my fellow fans living in Oakland. I live in a nearby state and I will still try to find a way to have an amazing LV weekend traveling watch the Raiders. Youll either get over it or make arrangements to road trip to the Vege for the weekend of a lifetime. The Raiders deserve a brand new stadium, period. With cornerstones like Carr and Mack we’ll probably be one of the most dominant teams for the next decade or more. Do you really want to see an elite team play in a 60s era stadium?
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    yah. And I deserve a brand new house. you pay? come visit me.
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    Baby, you hate the Raiders. We get it. Everyone has seen your negative opinion constantly on PFT. So your credibility is to be expected and quite frankly no one takes you seriously, especially with a ridiculous name like babygaga. I have yet to read any of your posts with the least amount of intelligent insight on the game of football. I suggest you proofread your comments before sending.

  20. A letter? Seriously? Trying to shame the NFL into staying. LOL The Oakland stadium ‘plan’ is a joke as well. It was leaked online and its just a bunch of ‘maybes’ and half-baked ‘promises’. The truth is its nothing but political cover. Oakland officials *know* the Raiders are long gone and they are powerless to do anything about it, in fact they have been preparing for it for some time now.

    The A’s are slated to move downtown and will announce that later this year, the Warriors arena and the entire Coliseum property will be torn down and converted for a badly needed business and transit hub that will be a *huge win* for Oakland bringing millions in tax dollars and jobs for decades to come. In fact, its a win-win for everyone involved the Raiders leave – except the local Raiders fans. But even they have to concede the NFL has outgrown Oakland and its time to stop bleeding money for them. Oakland needs tax revenue, companies, and jobs desperately and this is a way towards that. Everyone will be better off in the long run. It sucks now but eventually that will become very clear.

  21. Baby, you hate the Raiders. We get it. Everyone has seen your negative opinion constantly on PFT. So your credibility is to be expected and quite frankly no one takes you seriously, especially with a ridiculous name like babygaga. I have yet to read any of your posts with the least amount of intelligent insight on the game of football. I suggest you proofread your comments before sending.
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    Why Bad Moon, whatevah do you mean? What an ugly thing to say. Does this mean we’re not friends anymore? You know, Bad Moon, if I thought you weren’t my friend, I just don’t think I could bear it. There. Now we can be friends again. Just looking for free money like your team is always sniffing. Will you build me a new house? I will watch your games?

  22. This is an interesting development.

    Question comes down to revenue.

    A Las Vegas stadium will bring in large dollars creating a solid revenue stream to pay off the Bank loan.

    Will an Oakland stadium bring in the same dollars?

    Don’t think so, open air stadium will not bring in the same revenue.

  23. Same terms as the BofA debt is really cute. I hope they realize they have a $750MM gap with Vegas right off the bat. If they plan to give that in the form of debt against the Raiders, that’s not exactly going to ease the NFL’s concern of a debt burden on the Raiders. That’s a default waiting to happen.

  24. oakland doesn’t want the raiders though. this is a pr move, so the public won’t freak out as bad.

  25. westcoastraider says:
    Mar 24, 2017 4:18 PM

    Hope!! that will soon be doused by Greed… Cant be mad with what a man chooses to do with his business and what not, I can respect it… I just wish he at least pretended to care about the fans who made/make the Raiders {and any NFL Franchise for that matter} the billion dollar business it is…
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    And the tarps too. Don’t forget the tarps.

  26. babygaga19 says:
    Mar 24, 2017 6:02 PM
    Baby, you hate the Raiders. We get it. Everyone has seen your negative opinion constantly on PFT. So your credibility is to be expected and quite frankly no one takes you seriously, especially with a ridiculous name like babygaga. I have yet to read any of your posts with the least amount of intelligent insight on the game of football. I suggest you proofread your comments before sending.
    __________________________________
    Why Bad Moon, whatevah do you mean? What an ugly thing to say. Does this mean we’re not friends anymore? You know, Bad Moon, if I thought you weren’t my friend, I just don’t think I could bear it. There. Now we can be friends again. Just looking for free money like your team is always sniffing. Will you build me a new house? I will watch your games?
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    Keep plagarizing cheap lines from movies which are better than they deserve to be referenced by you because you cannot come up with something clever of your own. And no Im not your friend and yet I wont stoop to insulting you. Too much. Other than pointing out the obvious lack of intelligence of your hate. Just curious, what NFL team do you root for because its conveniently absent from all of your posts?

  27. No city should pay for stadiums. Make the owners and the nfl re invest in their team and product. They can afford it. But everyone wants the government to pay for everything. All cities should stick to their guns and not pay for stadiums.

  28. I thought that area was too busy burning down stuff, acting like anarchists, listening to that scum bag Pelosi.
    Who has time for football when they can wreck stuff and see what an arm pit that part of California is.

  29. Oakland could offer to build a 40,000 seat open air stadium, and Marky Davis can pay to add the hundreds of luxury suites he wants. Raiders keep game revenue, city keeps parking and non-NFL event revenue.

    But since owners rarely offer to pay for anything, the Raiders will likely be moving to Vegas.

  30. Libby is out of her depth on this one. IF she really wanted to keep the team, she should have enlisted duke experienced help a long time ago.
    The cattle are gone and she’s running out to lock the gate.
    Too late. Thanks for playing.

    I think she was focused on keeping the A’s because there’s more money in it for the city. She decided to give up the Raiders. Now she’s finding out that, politically, she has to appear to fight for the Raiders. It’s all a political pageant.

  31. It’s smart for the Raiders to move to an area where there’s not another franchise so close. Las Vegas Raiders sounds great.

  32. I hope the raiders find a way to stay in oakland. i hate the idea of a team in Vegas but if you must take one of the teams in l.a not oakland

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