Announcement of new Raiders lease expected at 6:00 p.m. ET

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The Raiders didn’t have a lease to play in Oakland or anywhere else for 2016. They apparently have one now.

It’s believed the Raiders and the Joint Powers Authority will announce at a press conference to be held at 6:00 p.m. ET that the Raiders have reached a deal to remain at the O.Co Coliseum for 2016.

The Raiders had no other options for the coming season. The broader question is whether the Raiders and the powers-that-be within the Joint Powers Authority will strike a deal to build a new stadium, or whether the Raiders will move elsewhere. Last week, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf explained that her goal was to first get a lease in place with the Raiders and then to come up with a long-term stadium solution.

Potential options for the Raiders, if not in Oakland, include Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Diego (if the Chargers leave for L.A.), and Las Vegas. The possibility of the Raiders playing in Sacramento or sharing a stadium with the San Francisco Giants (not the 49ers, the Giants) also has been floated.

The most obvious solution — sharing a venue with the 49ers — continues to be at the bottom of the list.

22 responses to “Announcement of new Raiders lease expected at 6:00 p.m. ET

  1. If they could ever do the logical thing and share the stadium with the 49ers could the Raiders responsibilities please include the turf? They couldn’t possibly make it any worse.

  2. Davis won’t go to Levi’s because he wants a place where there is ingress, egress and parking (i.e – a tailgate environment and it’s easy to get in and out and in the freeway)

    So, Levi’s is not the solution (in his mind)

  3. Raiders to Gary Indiana would be the best solution. That would be the real black hole. Make it happen

  4. Yeah Brooklyn, their colour scheme will seemingly work well with the Nets in the push to convince the rest of the country that Brooklyn hasn’t become little more than the holy land for hipsters.

    No way they succeed there without rebranding every 5 years max. Goodell won’t have it.


  5. Mark Davis won’t share with the Niners because Al was adamantly opposed to it and he’s afraid daddy’s ghost will come back, shave his bowl cut, smack him upside the head and haunt him for all eternity.

  6. The Raiders had no choice but to sign a one year lease. Where else are they going to play in 2016? The season ticket holders are about to renew their tickets and the 2016 NFL schedule is due out in a few months. That is why San Diego opted to stay in San Diego another year. They could not get there personnel in LA in time to start marketing their team and for ticket sales. Could you imagine the nightmare of having three teams (Rams, Chargers, and USC) all playing on the same field. The Raiders are in a good position and waiting out their time. If San Diego stays put, then LA gets the Raiders which would be Stan’s nightmare. He knows Southern California is dominated by Raiders fans. Mark Davis knows that the value of his franchise more than doubles by moving to LA. If the Chargers move to LA then the Raiders move to San Diego and they negotiate with a city who is willing to build a new stadium and wants an NFL franchise. Mark Davis has something Stan or Alex Spanos will never have and that is the deep Raiders fan base in SoCal. As I see it, both the Rams and Chargers are terrified of the Raiders relocating to SoCal.

  7. That stadium is an embarrassment to the Raiders and the A’s. It outlived its useful lifecycle two decades ago. Was only a year ago that raw sewage was pouring into the baseball dugouts and clubhouse during the season.

  8. Mark Davis needs to lay down the law and issue the following ultimatum.

    “If there is no finalized, official stadium plan in place by the end of 2016, we are packing our bags and will be leaving Oakland for good.”

    Mark Davis strikes me as a jackass. He lost out on Los Angeles, and cannot get Libby Schaaf to provide any public money. Then he comes crawling back to Oakland after visiting San Antonio and Las Vegas. Davis has to get angry and let everybody know it’s new stadium or no more Raiders in Oakland.

    Las Vegas is a growing market. It is money land with all the casinos and tourists. The team can be renamed the Las Vegas Renegades if they move.

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