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Mark Davis: Could stay in Oakland through 2019 season

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Mark Davis was just given permission to move his team to Las Vegas, but said he could see staying in Oakland longer than his lease dictates.

The Raiders have one-year options on their lease in Oakland for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and Davis said Monday they could even stay beyond then while their building in Las Vegas is under construction.

While not everyone is going to be happy about those prospects, Davis said he’d be willing to offer refunds to angry fans who had already put down deposits for season tickets.

“Not happy, but we will do that,” he said.

But mostly, Davis seemed relieved to have the process finalized and to have a home, after so many years of negotiating in vain with the city of Oakland.

He said his father Al Davis “would be proud,” that he had taken the team to “the entertainment capital of the world.”

But for at least the next two seasons, and perhaps three, he’s going to ask his old fans in Oakland to support him.

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  1. lanham4eve says: Mar 27, 2017 2:36 PM

    Now if I lived in Oakland what reason would I have to support the team knowing they will be gone soon. Why would I waste my money on tickets, jerseys or any memrobilia? I truly feel for every OAKLAND raiders fan. It is something I truly feared would happen to my team.

  2. dwoofer says: Mar 27, 2017 2:36 PM

    what gall

  3. faithful49er707 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:37 PM

    “Yea we’re moving your team but feel free to fill my pockets with more of your cash”

  4. citizenstrange says: Mar 27, 2017 2:42 PM

    So in hindsight it looks like the Raiders will move in 2020.

  5. factman1000 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:42 PM

    Why on Earth would any Oakland fan support this team in Oakland next year?

  6. pilingon57 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:42 PM

    Oakland should kick him to the curb now. I hope nobody shows up to their games.

  7. redeemerac says: Mar 27, 2017 2:42 PM

    Have to admit…the name “The Vegas Raiders” sounds pretty cool!

  8. bubbybrisket says: Mar 27, 2017 2:43 PM

    2 lame duck seasons in Oakland.

  9. finsphan says: Mar 27, 2017 2:47 PM

    I understand that the team needed better digs and they couldn’t come to an agreement with Oakland, but this just does not feel right. The Raiders are one of the more storied franchises in NFL and sports history and to move them out of Cali just feels wrong. Feel bad for the fans in Oakland.

    On a side note, that stadium proposal in Vegas looks pretty sweet.

    Another side note, Mark Davis’s hair still looks awful!

  10. raider8er says: Mar 27, 2017 2:48 PM

    As a Bay Area fan who saw them leave in the early 80’s, I am gutted. Again!

    However, I don’t really blame Mark Davis or Libby Schaff.

    The typical running of the city of Oakland and lack of effort to come up with something that could stop this.

    The A’s, who wanted to leave Oakland for San Jose are the ones (the only ones) who are staying. Ironic.

  11. newjerseygiants says: Mar 27, 2017 2:49 PM

    Davis’ white baseball hat is missing one thing:
    “Lets Make The Raiders Great Again.”

  12. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:49 PM

    I’ll support it. Mark Davis didn’t have any other choice but to bounce. Vegas will fail, but there was no alternative.

    Atlanta has built 4 stadiums and a basketball arena in 20 years, and Oakland couldn’t build one stadium.

    Also Jerry Jones said this is gonna be an exciting day for Vegas. Other than 15 Raider fans celebrating on the strip I don’t see much excitement.

  13. r502 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:50 PM

    City of Oakland to Raiders: You should continue to play in a dump out of loyalty while we pretend to get a deal together to keep the team. You should take less to stay here and play out of the goodness of your heart and never mind trying to maximize your product.

    That being said I would look for another option for a temporary home field if I were Davis.

  14. 8ovie8 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:50 PM

    If Oakland (the city) wanted to be snits, they shouldn’t renew the one year options. Let them play in the 35k stadium in Vegas.

  15. sportnorcal says: Mar 27, 2017 2:52 PM

    I hope those sheep on the wrong side of the Bay stop going to games. This family is moving the team for the 3rd time – PATHETIC.

  16. bobglomas says: Mar 27, 2017 2:52 PM

    If I lived in Oakland, I would get in as many games as I could over the next three years. This team is on its way to a Super Bowl and they could get one, dare I say two, in the next three years before they land in Sin City.

  17. brassknuckles47 says: Mar 27, 2017 2:57 PM

    Gee, I hope that he can find a new hairstylist in Las Vegas!

  18. sbchamps3233 says: Mar 27, 2017 3:01 PM

    Denver will have home field advantage in 10 games a year now

  19. ksiner says: Mar 27, 2017 3:02 PM

    Hope the fans voice their displeasure by not going to games. Get the refunds, go see the Niners instead. Let this turd play in an empty stadium

  20. heronemus13 says: Mar 27, 2017 3:02 PM

    The Raiders, just like every other team in the league, draw fans from outside their local market. My home is much closer to Vegas than to Oakland. Ive only seen them play in Kansas City which is an 8 hour drive from me. To say this is an offense against their fans is foolish because their fans are all over. Raider Nation. Will their ticket sales drop in the bay area while they wait to move? probably, but those bay area fans can thank the City of Oakland for letting the team leave. I will cheer the team no matter what stadium they play in. I am a Raiders fan, not an Oakland fan or LA fan or Irwindale……Raiders til I Die. The Oakland Colosseum is a disgrace and will be bulldozed

  21. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: Mar 27, 2017 3:03 PM

    I am a Oakland Raider fan. Didnt like calling them the L.A. Raiders, wont like calling them Las Vegas Raiders…..but they are the Raiders and that is where they are going.

  22. vikesfan320 says: Mar 27, 2017 3:03 PM

    I hope nobody in Oakland goes to a game for the next 3 years. Would be awesome if the organization had like 3,000 people at each home game. Would suck for the players, but it’d be awesome to see the franchise ruin the momentum of a growing city and a young core because of ownership greed.

  23. blurocpurp says: Mar 27, 2017 3:03 PM

    I feel bad for the fans in Oakland but they can’t really be mad at Davis. That guy tried every avenue possible to get a deal done in Oakland. 15yrs and counting and now the politicians in Oakland are tryna save face with some farce of a deal they know is too little too late. Davis practically begged to stay lol. The coliseum is a dump and the most outdated venue in the nfl and their fans know it. This aint on Davis. why would he stay when he told you he’d leave if vegas offered the money.

  24. tedmurph says: Mar 27, 2017 3:03 PM

    What was Davis supposed to do? Oakland blew him off and Vegas kissed his backside. They’ll have almost no homefield advantage in Vegas.

  25. esorick says: Mar 27, 2017 3:03 PM

    Where will the money for infrastructure come from? Santa Clara 9er stadium is a perfect example of how the NFL doesn’t care about the fans. It is horrible trying to get in and out. The NFL stance is, Build our stadiums and let the fans suffer.

  26. ksiner says: Mar 27, 2017 3:04 PM

    But don’t worry Oakland, you and San Diego will become the “new LA” with owners threatening to move to your city if their current city doesn’t shell out a billion in public money for a new stadium. Or just wait about a dozen years and the Raiders will come back… they did before

  27. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Mar 27, 2017 3:07 PM

    What else? Help pack the mayflower and gas money to Vegas?

  28. bigmark67 says: Mar 27, 2017 3:08 PM

    Place the blame where it belongs, the Mayor and other political players in Oakland that never gave this serious consideration until it was too late. You want something, you got to go and get it before someone else that wants it more takes it. Vegas wanted the Raiders more than the city of Oakland. Feel bad for the bay area fans that build their Sundays around Raider football but blame Schaff and her cronies for this not Mark Davis, The Raiders or the NFL. They also are losing the Warriors, tells you something about the cities leadership.

  29. mixjuan says: Mar 27, 2017 3:09 PM

    Oakland residents who are fans of the Raiders, I am so sorry. Talk about adding insult to injury. I can’t believe these owners.

  30. walker1191 says: Mar 27, 2017 3:11 PM

    The team already abandoned the Oakland fans once – why would anyone have thought they wouldn’t do it again?

  31. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 27, 2017 3:11 PM

    Las Vegas is and always will be a tourist town, overall its a low populated medium to low income city with high unemployment.
    Once the team tanks they won’t be able to give away seats except to visiting fans, will be a great getaway weekend for visiting fans IF their team is good, if not no one is attending.

  32. unnamedsources says: Mar 27, 2017 3:12 PM

    They have contender for the next few years. Hoping they win another Superbowl for Oakland before they move.

  33. ak185 says: Mar 27, 2017 3:18 PM

    “Not happy”? Whatever do you think your fans might feel, Mr. Davis?

  34. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 27, 2017 3:18 PM

    NFL owners have no soul….they, take-take-take and give NOTHING back to the average fan. Yes they give it charities but they shame the history of the NFL by these heartless and money motivated moves.

  35. bucrightoff says: Mar 27, 2017 3:24 PM

    They should show up every week and chant “Mark Davis cuts his hair with a spoon” loudly across a national broadcast. Wouldn’t that be fun?

  36. thekillernacho says: Mar 27, 2017 3:26 PM

    This is a recipe for disaster. If he was smart he would be on the phone with the University of Las Vegas and ask how much it would cost to be able to use Sam Boyd Stadium.

  37. cjweber5187 says: Mar 27, 2017 3:38 PM

    I would just try to cut a deal with UNLV to share Sam Boyd Stadium and dip out of Oakland early. The Raiders fans in the bay are loyal and there’s no doubt that they see this as a betrayal. Wouldn’t be shocked to see attendance drop if they stay for 2 more years.

  38. selldannysell says: Mar 27, 2017 3:50 PM

    Yeah, that won’t be awkward, at all!

  39. kuhlest says: Mar 27, 2017 4:01 PM

    People on here are crazy…..”why go see this team” “hope no one goes to see this team and it ruin their young foundational players career I’ve ownership greed” yada yada yada……THEY PLAY ON A DIRT INFIELD! this isn’t about greed, it’s about giving this …one of the greatest and most recognized sports franchises a freaking stadium of their own for the first time in their history…..I would have preferred Oakland , but if not the bay area then Vegas is the next best, better than San Diego, better than LA, better than San Antonio……it’s the entertainment capital of the world!

  40. patfanken says: Mar 27, 2017 4:04 PM

    Not giving in to extortion is NOT “blowing off” the Raiders. This sob story the Raiders want fans to believe is pure crap. There hasn’t been a publically financed stadium deal in the history of the league that ever paid off for the taxpayers who funded that deal. Why would the people of Oakland and California what to repeat that insanity.

    Mark Davis didn’t have the money to build his own stadium, and he wouldn’t sell the team to someone who did. Nor would he consider a deal that would force him finance the deal on his own or by giving up a piece of his team.

    The City of Oakland didn’t “blow off” the Raiders, they just refused to give him taxpayer money to pay for a rich owner’s playground. That would not be just DUMB, it would be criminal.

  41. monkeyodeath says: Mar 27, 2017 4:16 PM

    How is this the politicians’ fault? They turned down the “opportunity” to give a rich guy hundreds of millions of dollars so that he and his friends can make even more money.

    Bottom line is that the average Oakland taxpayer isn’t going to be very affected by the fact that the Raiders will be playing their 8 unaffordable home games a year in a different city. NFL football is not a public need.

    By contrast, the A’s play dozens of home games a year, tickets are affordable, and the stadium they need is much cheaper.

    You can’t blame Mark Davis for taking the more lucrative opportunity — he’s running this team for himself, not the fans. But you also can’t blame Oakland for doing what’s best for itself.

  42. nole567 says: Mar 27, 2017 4:35 PM

    I thank Mark Davis for this move. The Broncos crowd has dominated games in San Diego in the past and will continue to dominate Chargers games with the move to L.A. Now, the Raiders have officially given up their home field advantage as tens of thousands of Coloradans will be jumping at the $100 round trip airfare to go to Vegas to watch the annual stomping of the puny pirates on The Strip. The Davis family is going to get what they deserve for abandoning their fan base yet again.

  43. radrntn says: Mar 27, 2017 4:48 PM

    From City Of Oakland to the Raiders…

    The rent is now 20 million a season to play in Oakland.

  44. raiderrob21 says: Mar 27, 2017 4:57 PM

    6 season tix (3 club seats) already emailed my rep for refund (They are granting refunds on our 2017 tickets already paid for). I will not be there in ’17,’18, or ’19. Still my team to root for, BUT I will not give Mark Davis any more money in these final lame duck years. Ill be a fan watching on TV. Go Raiders!

  45. coronalt says: Mar 27, 2017 5:00 PM

    Yeah, it worked out so well for the Oilers playing a lame duck season in Houston after announcing their move.

  46. omeimontis says: Mar 27, 2017 5:15 PM

    2020 is way too long. Hope they move right now, so I can see more NFL broadcasts on TV.

  47. pantherpro says: Mar 27, 2017 5:25 PM

    Will the tarp now say Vegas Raiders??

  48. justwinbaby29 says: Mar 27, 2017 5:31 PM

    Why should people show up? Carr, Mack, Cooper, Crabtree, Irvin, maybe Lynch to name a few…this team should be a SB contender the next few years. Worry about it in 2020.

  49. icebowler says: Mar 27, 2017 5:40 PM

    thekillernacho says:
    Mar 27, 2017 3:26 PM
    This is a recipe for disaster. If he was smart he would be on the phone with the University of Las Vegas and ask how much it would cost to be able to use Sam Boyd Stadium.
    cjweber5187 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 3:38 PM
    I would just try to cut a deal with UNLV to share Sam Boyd Stadium and dip out of Oakland early.
    This has already been explored. It’s been reported that it would take “at least” a year to get the stadium up to nfl standards technology wise. Plus the side lines are too narrow for nfl standards. It may happen, but definitely not in 2017.

  50. mdintino1420 says: Mar 27, 2017 6:00 PM

    Congrats to the Southern Nevada market for getting the NFL!! It is dumb that they will be in Oakland for the next 2-3 years as a “lame duck team.” They play a bowl game at Sam Boyd stadium. Sam Boyd can be expanded to 40,000 seats.

    They need to start construction on the new Las Vegas stadium ASAP.

  51. tedmurph says: Mar 27, 2017 6:21 PM

    Davis is the poorest owner in the NFL. He has half the money of #31. He’s not even close to financing his own stadium. He was offered a good deal. If they taxpayers of Oakland don’t want to pony up, fine. But don’t go whining about greed. There are ways to do it. Tax free bonds, hotel and restaurant tax increases that tourists pay, etc. Taxpayers don’t get all their money back, but it’s pretty close to a break even deal. Not a tax payer ‘hosing’ people make it out to be. If the taxpayers don’t see the asset the Raiders are to the community, fine. Davis had no choice.

  52. rogdodger says: Mar 27, 2017 6:29 PM

    The City of Oakland should tell Davis to pound sand for the next 3 years or cough up 5x what the rent would have been.

    The city is losing the team in the long run but seems like they have the short term leverage here if they are smart enough to use it. They have no reason to play nice anymore.

  53. skoodsports says: Mar 27, 2017 6:43 PM

    Love the corporate apologists who are saying it’s not Al Davis’ fault. How about that billionaire actually ponies up for his own stadium for his tax exempt franchise? Instead of demanding the taxpayers foot the bill. Robert Kraft did it.

  54. immafubared says: Mar 27, 2017 6:47 PM

    Get in done Mark I aint gettin any younger. I want to see the Hookerettes in my lifetime.

  55. immafubared says: Mar 27, 2017 6:48 PM

    Ya he will put this off until he can come up with his part of the money which I’m sure he does not have.

  56. blowfishes says: Mar 27, 2017 6:58 PM

    Unhappy Raiders fans in Oakland should choose a new team to support and refuse to attend any Raiders games – apart from the ones against your new team – and force the team to play in a near empty stadium.

  57. razzlejag says: Mar 27, 2017 6:59 PM

    I can see something like this happening: nobody goes to Raiders games this year so they don’t renew the lease. Instead, they move to Texas to become the San Antonio Buckin’ Raiders for 2 years until the Vegas Stadium is ready.

    Big win for Davis, big win for San Antonio who prove they are an NFL ready city and can start looking at a franchise of their own to steal.

  58. ehsguy72 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:14 PM

    raiderrob21 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 4:57 PM
    6 season tix (3 club seats) already emailed my rep for refund (They are granting refunds on our 2017 tickets already paid for). I will not be there in ’17,’18, or ’19. Still my team to root for, BUT I will not give Mark Davis any more money in these final lame duck years. Ill be a fan watching on TV. Go Raiders!


    Great- you can become a Niner fan now and stop your incessant Niner trolling… you’ll have lots of time on your hands on Sundays now…. lol

  59. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 27, 2017 8:15 PM

    Eff Mark Davis.
    I’d like to see them play in Santa Clara for the next 3 years. Too bad they have a lease for the next 2 years.
    Screw him and his Dad’s legacy. His Dad screwed Oakland once too. Twice, actually. They’re still paying off the latest one.

  60. tonebones says: Mar 27, 2017 8:38 PM

    I love the Raiders, not the City of Oakland. I couldn’t care less where they play. I watch on TV. Most Raiders fans watch on TV too. Who cares where they move to. They’re still the Raiders. Always will be the Raiders. Mark Davis has done an excellent job since Al passed away. He has restored the team to the top level. Life is great living in Northern California. We have the 49ers, the Golden State Warriors, and S.F. Giants, so the Raiders and A’s can go somewhere else if they have to. At the end of the day, life in Northern California is awesome. A couple trips a year to Vegas isn’t going to hurt me. We have so much already, no need to be greedy.

  61. radrntn says: Mar 27, 2017 8:48 PM

    cjweber5187 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 3:38 PM
    I would just try to cut a deal with UNLV to share Sam Boyd Stadium and dip out of Oakland early. The Raiders fans in the bay are loyal and there’s no doubt that they see this as a betrayal. Wouldn’t be shocked to see attendance drop if they stay for 2 more years.
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    yep nothing better than watching a game when its 115 outside

  62. rolandorantezgmail says: Mar 28, 2017 12:24 AM

    iam a Raider fan period iam sad to see them leave Oakland but at the same time I glad me and my wife go to 2 games a year in Oakland were from Tucson Az..and the stadium is a terrible stadium I’ve been going for over 30 years and the place hasn’t done any improvements they had numours year to do some thing and nothing all this time..can’t blame mark for leaving RAIDES FAN TILL I DIE…

  63. 209insider says: Mar 28, 2017 10:30 AM

    IN 2018 they play in Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas. They out all 40,000 seats in the form of season tickets / PSL’S ; and become the highest priced NFL tickets on the secondary market,
    In 2020 they open the ” Monster Energy” Stadium with 65,000 sold out season tickets and PSL’S, and break all records for most expensive tickets on secondary market,
    All visiting fans want to spend the weekend in Las Vegas when their team plays the Raiders.
    Mark Davis: $5.00 hair cut ; $1,000,000,000 vision.

  64. mdintino1420 says: Mar 29, 2017 6:54 PM

    The Raiders are playing in Oakland for the 2017 season. That is set in stone and something we can all agree on. I can’t see stringing it out in Oakland any longer than that. If Sam Boyd Stadium cannot be remodeled into an adequate temporary home, they should either move in with the 49ers or play in San Diego.

    Mark Davis needs to see that the Las Vegas Stadium gets started soon.

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