Raiders pull offer to Oakland but “all options are open” for 2019

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The Raiders pulled their $7.5 million offer to the city of Oakland for use of the Oakland Coliseum for next season, team president Marc Badain said Wednesday. But Badain and owner Mark Davis wouldn’t rule out Oakland as a possible option.

In fact, they didn’t rule out any city as reporters threw out names of potential one-year landing spots.

“We do not have any answer on where we’re going to play next year,” Badain said. “We made an offer of $7.5 million in rent to the city, and that’s now off the table. We have a number of options, and when we have an answer we’ll share it with you.”

Davis repeatedly declared “all options are open” when asked about various cities, including San Diego, Oakland, Santa Clara, San Antonio and somewhere in Nevada.

Davis did mention a reluctance to play on the turf in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

“I’m not really a fan of that,” Davis said, “but, again, I’m not ruling anything out. I’m just giving you my opinion.”

The city of Oakland filed suit against the Raiders, the other 31 franchises and the NFL concerning the team’s announced move to Las Vegas in 2020. It leaves the team homeless for 2019 for now.

“I’ve got two words for the lawsuit, and I used them the other day,” Davis said. “One is meritless and the other the attorneys will understand, and it’s malicious. I’ll leave it at, and I’ll let the attorneys do all the work.”

For scheduling purposes, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league needs an answer by “early January or February.”

“I know Mark has expressed that he’d like to be in Oakland,” Goodell said.

46 responses to “Raiders pull offer to Oakland but “all options are open” for 2019

  1. Davis did mention a reluctance to play on the turf in San Antonio’s Alamodome.
    But he’s been fine having the team play on a baseball field with no grass on the sizable base paths. Hard to believe Al thought this guy is competent to run an NFL team.

  2. As a charger fan, not a Dean Spanos fan, it will be great to see the Chargers play the Raiders in San Diego and have all the San Diego fans showed up and show DEAN AND THE NFL what a mistake they made by moving the Chargers. Go Bolts.

  3. I know it won’t happen, but it’d be hilarious if no one takes them in for a season and they’re forced to play 16 road games.

  4. If the Raider Nation thinks this turd cares about anything other than sucking every last dime out of your pocket before he moves on to fleecing Nevada, you deserve a matching Mark Davis hair cut

  5. “As a charger fan, not a Dean Spanos fan, it will be great to see the Chargers play the Raiders in San Diego and have all the San Diego fans showed up and show DEAN AND THE NFL what a mistake they made by moving the Chargers. Go Bolts.

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    Umm…Games in San Diego pretty much have been Raider home games anyway so good luck with “have all the San Diego fans showed up” they dont even show up in a 30,000 seat stadium in LA

  6. As a charger fan, not a Dean Spanos fan, it will be great to see the Chargers play the Raiders in San Diego and have all the San Diego fans showed up and show DEAN AND THE NFL what a mistake they made by moving the Chargers. Go Bolts.

    They did and SD was filled with Raider fans, just like when Denver came to town and it was filled with Broncos fans. SD fans did not always show up.

  7. The Raiders could play in Toronto in 2019. They could start the ticket give aways immediately to paper the house.

  8. Perhaps they can just forfeit games next year. A more efficient version of tanking and the excuse is the team has nowhere to play.

  9. There isn’t a lot of choice. The only real choice is San Diego, San Antonio, or Sam Boyd Stadium in Vegas. I can’t see the Raiders would considering Mexico City or London. I guess the Raider can play second fiddle to the ’49ers at Santa Clara, but they would have to rely on Raider Nation fans traveling down the Bay from Oakland. If not they would be playing in an almost empty stadium. They’re not a lot duel of Raiders / ’49ers fans. Mostly it’s one or the other in the Bay Area.

  10. “Hard to believe Al thought this guy is competent to run an NFL team.”

    He didn’t. That’s why he ran the team almost to the bitter end. One of the biggest problems the league has is the kids who inherit these teams and don’t have anywhere near the passion for the game the original owners did. The only passion they have is for the huge TV checks. Davis, the Fords, most other teams where kids are now running everything are rarely competitive and don’t win Super Bowls.

  11. Maybe the right thing to do is to take the 376 million relocation fee and pay the city losing its team the money it may have in outstanding debt due to the team leaving. With the money left the other 31 teams could divide that amount up. That seems to be win for everyone.

  12. You gotta go a way to have me rooting for a billion plus dollar business, so congrats Oakland. You are more greedy than an NFL franchise. Didn’t think it was possible.

    I just become a Raiders without the Oakland prefix fan.

  13. Put them in London for the year. It’s a perfect chance at a one year experiment to see if it is actually feasible to put a permanent team there or not.

  14. Without a change in ownership the Raiders will not be able to achieve sustained long-term success.

    The Gruden hire was a publicity stunt to bamboozle the fans in Oakland into buying tickets despite Son-of-Al’s abandonment of the city. Now that the Raiders are leaving anyway and Gruden has destroyed the roster there’s no reason to keep him, but Son-of-Al’s childish pride and sense of entitlement prevents him from letting go.

    If – as has been asserted by others – the Raiders are going to sell out in Vegas then I guess people in Sin City are used to taking losses because no one rational is going to invest in season tickets without a reasonable expectation of a winning product on the field.

  15. Just to stick his thumb in the eye of Dean Spanos….Raiders play in San Diego and also win the “Fight for LA” in one season
    The perfect “Twofer”

  16. **the Niners stadium is only 5 hours away from Reno/Carson while Nevada is closer to 8 hours away**

    I meant Las Vegas is closer to 8 hours away from Reno… not Nevada.

  17. San Antonio , Texas. Nice stadium there, would sell a lot of seats in the one season.

    Jerry Jones would be ok with the one year deal there, he’ll get his $$ out of anything.

  18. Castro Valley High School is where they should play… Jack took them there for a practice a while back… it’s where they belong.

  19. I really like the London Wembley idea for the 2019 season. Why not? One year novelty, and you know it will be sold out every game. Also will give them a major home field advantage once they get settled in.

  20. My thoughts…

    #1. The University of California has an agreement with the neighborhood that bars professional sports from being played at their stadium, it’s a no go.

    #2. UNLV isn’t even close to being “NFL-ready.” It wouldn’t make any sense for the Raiders, Vegas, or the NFL to pour money into it when they’re going to tear it down next year.

    #3. The Rams and the Chargers will do everything in their power to block the Raiders from re-entering Southern California, even if only for one season. San Diego won’t work.

    #4. As much as I’d love for the Raiders to play in San Antonio (I’d make the drive from Houston to see some of their games.) It won’t work and will just seem weird.

    #5. The Davis’s and the York’s don’t get along, Al Davis had his chance to get in on the Levis Stadium deal and chose not to. The 49ers don’t want the Raiders in Santa Clara, it won’t happen.

    #6. The Raiders could be the NFL’s guinea pig, send them for an entire season to London or Mexico City and see how it works to have a team there on a full-time basis. If it works, they’ll be able to put a team there some day, if it fails, we’ll finally be over it.

    #7. What I truly think will happen, the Raiders will end up shacking up with the Cardinals in Glendale for a season. Phoenix is fairly close to Vegas and the city is full of California transplants. The stadium in Glendale has a similar setup to what they’re doing in Vegas. It’s a natural fit.

  21. This Raiders fan is on Grudens side at this point. I know it took him and Gannon 2 8-8 seasons to weed out the check cashers and then got the Raiders to the AFC Championship to get robbed by the refs. And much as it is said and is probably true that he got to the Superbowl with dungee’s team the Raiders Superbowl appeared in the Superbowl because of the way Gruden built that team. Am I concerned that the under him the Bucs never maintained the success? Sure. He has succeeded and he has failed. Did he learn? We’ll see. The tank is on now for sure but going forward we will see.

  22. If you’ve ever been to a Raiders-Chargers game in San Diego, you’d know that Raiders fans far outnumber the Chargers fans at every game. San Diego has always been more of a Raiders town than a Chargers town. They’ll sell out every game.

  23. If you had been treated the way the spanos family treated san diegans you wouldn’t have gone to games either. Look at when the team has been good or decent. Then compare to the last 6 years they were in SD. Put a product on the field instead of garbage and people might attend. Also, attendance is a league wide problem, the TV product is too good and people are staying home instead of going broke at a stadium. San Diego deserves better.

  24. alonestartexan says:
    December 12, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    My thoughts…

    #1. The University of California has an agreement with the neighborhood that bars professional sports from being played at their stadium, it’s a no go.

    #2. UNLV isn’t even close to being “NFL-ready.” It wouldn’t make any sense for the Raiders, Vegas, or the NFL to pour money into it when they’re going to tear it down next year.

    #3. The Rams and the Chargers will do everything in their power to block the Raiders from re-entering Southern California, even if only for one season. San Diego won’t work.

    #4. As much as I’d love for the Raiders to play in San Antonio (I’d make the drive from Houston to see some of their games.) It won’t work and will just seem weird.

    #5. The Davis’s and the York’s don’t get along, Al Davis had his chance to get in on the Levis Stadium deal and chose not to. The 49ers don’t want the Raiders in Santa Clara, it won’t happen.

    #6. The Raiders could be the NFL’s guinea pig, send them for an entire season to London or Mexico City and see how it works to have a team there on a full-time basis. If it works, they’ll be able to put a team there some day, if it fails, we’ll finally be over it.

    #7. What I truly think will happen, the Raiders will end up shacking up with the Cardinals in Glendale for a season. Phoenix is fairly close to Vegas and the city is full of California transplants. The stadium in Glendale has a similar setup to what they’re doing in Vegas. It’s a natural fit.

    You’re dead-on, in fact I posted the same thing on the other article.

    It’s gonna be Glendale.
    Santa Clara is out because it makes too much sense. It also made too much sense for the Raiders to go in with the 49ers on Levi’s Stadium from the very beginning, but since Davis has no sense, that didn’t happen, and it won’t now.
    Putting the team in San Diego for one season would be rubbing salt in San Diego’s wound. Even the NFL isn’t THAT heartless, right?
    Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas isn’t “NFL Ready”, but the NFL could relax those rules if it chose to. The question is how much money would have to be dumped into a building that’s slated to be demolished in a couple of years.
    Universities in the Bay area have already said they don’t need the BS that would come with an invasion of silver-spiked weirdos. They might at the right price, but Davis can’t afford that price, whatever it is.
    Glendale, on the other hand, needs nothing but a little black paint for the end zones. It’s closer to Las Vegas than the other choices (except Boyd), and the Bidwills are NFL loyalists who would do what the league asks. I think this option will win out because it’s the least disruptive, the least expensive, and the least damaging PR-wise.

  25. #5. The Davis’s and the York’s don’t get along, Al Davis had his chance to get in on the Levis Stadium deal and chose not to. The 49ers don’t want the Raiders in Santa Clara, it won’t happen.

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    True, but San Jose is 7 miles away, has a 31000 seat natural grass stadium, and would be an F-U to both Oakland and the Yorks before leaving the Bay Area for good.

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