Raiders statement on decision and plans doesn’t mention “Oakland”

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In the chase for Los Angeles, the Raiders were the biggest losers.

The Raiders won’t have the option to relocate to L.A. until after the Chargers decided how they intend to move forward as a franchise. And in the meantime, the Raiders will potentially have to go back to playing games in the stadium/sewage depository known as the Oakland Coliseum.

The Raiders released a statement Tuesday night with a certain word (purposefully?) omitted.

“The Raiders congratulate Stan Kroenke and the Rams on their successful bid for relocation to Los Angeles. The Raiders will now turn our attention to exploring all options to find a permanent stadium solution. We thank fans throughout the Raider Nation for their unrivaled passion and support.”

The word missing in the statement is “Oakland.”

Whether it was an intentional omission or not, the Raiders are going to be in search of a stadium to franchise the team for the long-term, in Oakland or otherwise.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said after the decision that the team is still open to Oakland if a stadium arrangement can be struck. He also said the option of replacing the Rams in St. Louis “isn’t in our interest.” The place that may have the best shot is San Antonio, which the Raidershave previously explored as a potential destination.

Davis said the Raiders do not have a lease with the Oakland Coliseum at this point, so he said all options are on the table for the franchise moving forward.

43 responses to “Raiders statement on decision and plans doesn’t mention “Oakland”

  1. I have asked everywhere and can’t get an answer. With no lease in Oakland are the Raiders required to play there in 2016 or can they sign a short term lease elsewhere? Would that be the same as relocation if they signed a 1 or 2 year lease in San Antonio while trying to work something out in Oakland or elsewhere?

  2. how much choice did Davis have here? Clearly, he gets an option to move if the Chargers decline. Can he with a straight face start talking about staying put in the Oakland area when that option is staring all of us in the face?

  3. I don’t feel bad for them. They’re billionaires, for crying out loud. Pay for your own stadium instead of sticking it to tax payers.

  4. Why doesn’t Oakland play in Cal’s stadium while they work toward getting a new stadiu… California Memorial Stadium was recently renovated

  5. Good luck to you Mr. Davis….the NFL just showed you what they think of your organization…I really hope you are able to exact some revenge on their mega rich a***s…the only way to do that though is to win Super Bowls….plural…win Lombardi’s and your credibility will rise like the Phoenix….then you will have the choice on how to avenge the wrongs this league has put on this organization….

  6. So I am out here on the East Coast so I don’t see much of Mark Davis but I saw his interview tonight when he came out of the meetings and I can say this; he is very lucky he was born rich nod it is no surprise that he came in 3rd out of 3 in the teams trying to move. That guy would be shining shoes in a subway if he wasn’t lucky sperm

  7. Welcome to San Antonio, the city now being used as leverage by billionaires to convince your city to build a brand new stadium that might be used fifteen days per year to male said billionaires more money.

    In fairness to the people of San Antonio, it is a great place for the NFL. I was there in 2005 when the Saints played a game there, and the atmosphere on the River Walk after the game was great.

  8. San Antonio doesn’t want them, LA doesn’t want them (or any NFL team for that matter, contrary to the league’s spin), so the Raiders need to grow up and start working to self-finance renovation of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Chargers need this same reality check – forget Carson and instead work to refurbish the Chargers’ existing stadium.

  9. San Antonio would welcome and embrace the Raiders with open arms and open wallets for a new stadium.

    Texans love football so much that we build $100 million dollar high school stadiums.

  10. Odd that the Raiders withdrew their bid for relocation during the owners’ meeting. I thought for sure Mark Davis received a huge incentive for doing so, however he is getting the same thing as San Diego, $1 million. What gives?

  11. The Raiders Should move to Portland Oregon! Oregon needs a team and texas already has two. The Portland Raiders has a really good ring to it.

    Oregon would be by far the most profitable place besides LA or Mexico City to move to.

  12. The Raiders are still going to LA. Spanos will announce the Chargers have a deal for a new Stadium of their own. No way does Davis move anywhere unless the Chargers decide to play second fiddle to the Rams, a spot Spanos doesnt want, a spot Mark Davis will fill. Surprised this story doesnt mention the default option, where all three teams get what they need….

  13. ok I get it stadium upgrades cost a lot of $ but can he at least get a haircut upgrade. I would assume if I could afford an NFL franchise I could afford a haircut that didn’t include a soup bowl as a hair cutting implement !

  14. The best interests of the Raiders would be served by having Son-of-Al selling at least partially to an investor who can finance a new stadium in Oakland. But Son-of-Al doesn’t care about the best interests of the Silver & Black – he never had to work and they are just a toy he inherited from his father. And despite his prevarications to the fan base I don’t believe he ever wanted to stay in Oakland.

    So I’m resigned to the fact that Son-of-Al will keep the team but it is consolation that the Raiders won’t move to Los Angeles. And I’m also hoping that they won’t relocate to San Diego. If Son-of-Al is hell-bent on moving, then San Antonio would be the best option.

  15. Move somewhere else in the Bay Area (San Jose, Palo Alto, even San Francsico proper given the Niners are gone).

  16. They’re going to get 500 million from the NFL through the transfer fees from the Chargers and the Rams moving and build a new stadium.

    They were talking about this last night on The NFL Network channel right after they announced the Chargers and Rams were moving.

  17. joetoronto says:
    Jan 13, 2016 9:53 AM

    They’re going to get 500 million from the NFL through the transfer fees from the Chargers and the Rams moving and build a new stadium.

    They were talking about this last night on The NFL Network channel right after they announced the Chargers and Rams were moving.

    – – –

    No, they won’t be getting any of that money. They’re going to be limited to the (approximately) $200-million (likely less) PLUS the $100-million (same as Chargers) if they can get something built.

    But Davis Jr has absolute no net wealth beyond the paper value of the franchise (which is the lowest valuation of all 32-teams) – so he can’t leverage anything. As has always been the case, the only way you are ever going to see a new stadium in Oakland, with the Raiders as the tenant, is if Mark sells his slim majority to a properly funded owner.

  18. 100 million and an existing and loyal fan base says it is OAKTOWN for now and in the future.

    All the hate logic is entertaining though. Most of you have poop colored glasses, and can’t see past your mouthbreathing hate of the Oakland Raiders.

    Chew it.

  19. dougydougdoug says:

    But Davis Jr has absolute no net wealth beyond the paper value of the franchise (which is the lowest valuation of all 32-teams) – so he can’t leverage anything. As has always been the case, the only way you are ever going to see a new stadium in Oakland, with the Raiders as the tenant, is if Mark sells his slim majority to a properly funded owner.
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    So if he can move the team to a more valuable market than Oakland he would increase the value of the franchise, which would net him more money if he sells.

    The biggest issue I see is that the Bay Area is a pretty good market. Beyond that he’d have to look at places like LA and NY. Supposedly the NFL owners absolutely don’t want the Raiders back in LA, and obviously NY is out of the question (2 teams already).

    Maybe London? (which would be truly awful)

  20. If the Raiders would have hired a real GM they would have had their pick of cities to go or Oakland would have built a new stadium.
    After years of GM Mckenzie the team has had losing season year after year and barely plays NFL quality football.

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