Report: Raiders talking to San Diego

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Three years after the Raiders and Chargers failed to secure approval to share an L.A.-area stadium, the Raiders could be moving to the city the Chargers abandoned. At least for a year.

Dan Sileo of 97.3 the Fan in San Diego reports that the Raiders have contacted the office of the San Diego mayor about playing the team’s 2019 games at the venue vacated two years ago by the Chargers.

The development isn’t completely unexpected. The Raiders, disinclined to play in Oakland now that Oakland is suing the Raiders, need a home until their new stadium is ready. They reportedly won’t move to Las Vegas early and play in Sam Boyd Stadium. Thus, they’ll need an alternate location, with the options being AT&T Park in San Francisco (home of the Giants), London (that’s highly unlikely), Levi’s Stadium (it makes the most sense, but the 49ers and Raiders are too stubborn to share space), and San Diego.

A season in San Diego would mean that the Chargers would play at least one game there next season, with the theoretical possibility of a playoff game there, too.

73 responses to “Report: Raiders talking to San Diego

  1. The Chargers shouldn’t have left in the first place, and if their attendance is any indication despite their success the past 2 years people don’t want them there.

  2. Ravensbob says:
    January 8, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Paramount to the Steelers playing home games in Baltimore
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    “That word does not mean what you think it means”

  3. That would be hilarious, NFL soap opera at it’s best. Hey, they might even win a daytime Emmy.

  4. I know it’s not a sexy choice, but if they came to San Antonio they’d sell out every game at the Alamodome. Texans love their football.

  5. Excellent get it done put the drama to rest, load the roster with good football players.Start with a quarterback that doesn’t suffer from anxiety. Thank you Jon

  6. texguy says:
    January 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm
    Why not just play at UNLV stadium for a year?

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    Because they’ve already said it would cost around a million dollars to retrofit Sam Boyd Stadium for NFL standards (locker rooms, camera placements, etc). It’s just not with the money and hassle.

  7. They won’t be sorry! Whenever they played the Chargers here, there were more Raiders fans in the stands (easy to tell apart) than Chargers fans. I wouldn’t be surprised to see every home game sold out.

  8. San Diego’Raiders? Good. Go dilute the Los Angeles teams fanbase. Stay out of Levi’s.
    We Don’t want you in “Whatever The Heck, California”…We’re staying Raider-Free in 2019.

  9. “Because they’ve already said it would cost around a million dollars”

    Only ONE million? To play an NFL season, that’s pretty much chump change.

  10. I think at the end of the day, the Raiders will move in with the Cardinals for a year. Their stadiums will be similar, their climate will be similar, and it’s not far from their new fanbase in Vegas.

  11. “Excellent get it done put the drama to rest, load the roster with good football players.Start with a quarterback that doesn’t suffer from anxiety. Thank you Jon”

    Sadly, this might be accurate. I’m half expecting a new quarterback to be drafted in the next two years to compete with Carr.

  12. Probably a smart move.. they’d surely sell out all the home games. I went to a few Charger vs Raider games in the past and there is a huge influx of Raider fans in SD.

  13. OBP says:
    January 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm
    The Chargers shouldn’t have left in the first place, and if their attendance is any indication despite their success the past 2 years people don’t want them there.

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    Uh….not so fast. The Chargers are playing in the smallest venue, which is why attendance is low. They’re also reporting actual attendance that is 121% of capacity and are the only team in the league with a season-long attendance of over 100% of capacity (home and road). It remains to be seen how they’ll do in the new stadium.

    That doesn’t mean they should have stayed in SD, however. It just means it’s not as bleak as you claim.

  14. Frodoftw7: “…half-expecting new QB…in next 2 years…”

    Down with that; Chucky hoping he can still get a shot at the Oregon U., star whom he would take in a heartbeat.

    DC4 has this offseason and 4-5 games into ’19 season to prove his worth to franchise or ‘buh-bye’.

    Meanwhile, Al Davis started his pro career as Charger asst.; Raiders in SD seems karmically appropriate.

  15. exinsidetrader says:
    January 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm
    Ravensbob says:
    January 8, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Paramount to the Steelers playing home games in Baltimore
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    “That word does not mean what you think it means
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    Tantamount

  16. San Diego just wants them to make some money from an abandoned stadium because the city was too stupid to keep the Chargers. Most inept City counsel in America.

  17. The NFL didn’t abandon San Diego. That’s a bogus narrative. They wouldn’t put up money for a NFL stadium, yet they did for the Padres for some dumbass reason. Qualcomm Stadium was a dump 20 years ago, and it’s much worse now. Spanos fought for 20 years for a new stadium” and the people wouldn’t budge. San Diego takes full blame for losing the Chargers, not the NFL.

  18. averagjoe says:
    January 8, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    They won’t be sorry! Whenever they played the Chargers here, there were more Raiders fans in the stands (easy to tell apart) than Chargers fans. I wouldn’t be surprised to see every home game sold out.
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    Lol. The raiders can’t even sell out their own stadium.

  19. Ray Withem says:
    January 8, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    San Diego just wants them to make some money from an abandoned stadium because the city was too stupid to keep the Chargers. Most inept City counsel in America.

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    counsel — That word does not mean what you think it does.

  20. Denver is the only AFC West team to have never changed cities. Great fans (home games sold out sinice 1970) and excellent financial support. No team has won more AFC West Championships.

  21. The city of San Diego would do it in a second. That dump needs any type of paying customer to rent it out to and they’d swing any kind of deal to do it even the Raiders. It would be sweet if the Chargers played there as visitors? Home team? Who knows, but they’re be more Raider fans than Charger fans.

  22. Idiotic fans especially ones that they call themselves “Raider fans” think there are better Franchise QB solutions then Carr growing on trees.

    Like they didn’t see or remember the QB mess before Gannon or since 2003 up until we drafted Carr.

    Do these morons not watch the games to see two starting OT get destroyed all year and giving Carr no protection? Or that both of his #1 RB and #1 WR gone very early in the year?

  23. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    January 8, 2019 at 5:42 pm
    Every article about this states flatly that they won’t play at UNLV’s stadium but no one ever says why.

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    It’s so old and decrepit, they would essentially need to strip it down to it’s bones and rebuild it. It’s not even really an NCAA D1 worthy facility. At least not in the 21 st century.

    SOmebody thrw out a $1m price tag to retrofit it. They would do that in a heartbeat if that’s all it cost. Hell UNLV would have done it themselves years ago. It’s probably more like $100m and more than a year. It’s being demolished after this season and UNLV moving to the new stadium, there’s just no reason to invest that much for 1 season even if they could finish it on time and find contracters to work on it who aren’t already working on the new stadium.

  24. droppedinagreasefire says:
    January 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    Denver is the only AFC West team to have never changed cities. Great fans (home games sold out sinice 1970) and excellent financial support. No team has won more AFC West Championships.
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    The Chiefs have never changed cities.

  25. Actually, the Chiefs started in 1960 (the year the AFL was created) in Dallas by Lamar Hunt as the Dallas Texans and didn’t become the “Chiefs” until they moved there in 1963.

  26. mmack66 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 6:37 pm
    droppedinagreasefire says:
    January 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    Denver is the only AFC West team to have never changed cities. Great fans (home games sold out sinice 1970) and excellent financial support. No team has won more AFC West Championships.
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    The Chiefs have never changed cities

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    Yes they have. The Chiefs started out as the Dallas Texans in 1960,one of the founding team’s of the AFL. To combat the AFL, the NFL started up the expansion Cowboys that same year. After about 3 years, the Texans moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs.

  27. Oh, the irony if there were playoff games there and one of them was the Chargers!

    It could happen. It seems that teams get mysteriously good the season before they get a new stadium.

  28. The Raiders could play in Toronto. Of course, ticket give aways will need to start immediately to be ready for next season. Quite amazing, so many say that Toronto would be an incredible football market, but nobody ever wants to play there. I guess Toronto’s history of not supporting football at any level has caught up to them.

  29. Dan Sileo also said the 2014 Padres were a 100-win team. They won 77 of 162. Let that sink in a little bit.

  30. Meant to copy this prior to my comment above. My bad.

    greenwhodat26 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 6:12 pm
    The NFL didn’t abandon San Diego. That’s a bogus narrative. They wouldn’t put up money for a NFL stadium, yet they did for the Padres for some dumbass reason. Qualcomm Stadium was a dump 20 years ago, and it’s much worse now. Spanos fought for 20 years for a new stadium” and the people wouldn’t budge. San Diego takes full blame for losing the Chargers, not the NFL.

  31. Neither the $1 or the $100 million tag to update the UNLV stadium is accurate. It’s about a $5 million upgrade that would be necessary. That’s a lot of cash for a single year, on a stadium that may be demolished (there hasn’t been any official word on that. It’s owned by UNLV).

  32. Mike Carter says:
    January 8, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    Neither the $1 or the $100 million tag to update the UNLV stadium is accurate. It’s about a $5 million upgrade that would be necessary. That’s a lot of cash for a single year

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    $5m is chump change for an entire season of NFL football. The $5-7m figure that’s been thrown around is strictly for the locker room expansion and nothing else It does not address the lack of technology infrastructure, bringing the stadium to comply with post-9/11 NFL security protocols, the expensive earthquake retrofits needed to get permits for expansion, expanded parking and room for media, putting actual seats in the stands instead of just bleachers, not to mention the huge cost of adding a roof to an outdoor stadium in the Nevada desert. There’s a reason UNLV plays home games exclusively at night until the last month of the season…

  33. They need to make a deal for one more year in Oakland. It’s the only thing that makes any sense.

  34. “Uh….not so fast. The Chargers are playing in the smallest venue, which is why attendance is low. They’re also reporting actual attendance that is 121% of capacity and are the only team in the league with a season-long attendance of over 100% of capacity (home and road). It remains to be seen how they’ll do in the new stadium.

    That doesn’t mean they should have stayed in SD, however. It just means it’s not as bleak as you claim.”

    Dallas Cowboys averaged 91,619 per game at AT+T Stadium during the 2018 season no matter the capacity. Both LA teams combined couldn’t beat that average unless they gave tickets away for free.

  35. The last time the Raiders and Chargers had a game here, it was a sellout and the crowd was 85% Raider fans.

    For one year? I’m sure the Aztecs won’t mind. Bring it!

  36. I traveled to Vegas to visit my daughter during Thanksgiving week and attended a UNLV game. Their stadium is in SAD shape. I don’t think $1 million would come close to making this stadium ready for a NFL game.

  37. Long Gone are the glory Raiders day. Sad. Talk about blowing a million, the Raiders we’re almost in Irwingdale not to long ago.

  38. So would they be called the San Diego Raiders for one year? Or the California Raiders? Or just Raiders?

  39. 49er’s are afraid the Raiders would outdraw them in Santa Clara and don’t want that at all. Never going to happen.

  40. Read my posts from two years ago on this subject. I was pushing San Diego on the Raiders from day 1. They have a huge following here in So Cal.

  41. Haywood J Moderated says:

    It could happen. It seems that teams get mysteriously good the season before they get a new stadium.
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    Good to see that someone else sees this too. For those of you that don’t know what were talking about look at the season or two before the Cowboys, Jets, Giants, 49ers, Vikings, Falcons, Rams and Chargers moved into their new stadium. That’s when the teams were selling the PSLs.

  42. This wouldn’t be a problem if these teams weren’t moving around in the first place. The Rams should have stayed in St. Louis, the Chargers were more suitable in San Diego, and the Raiders are better off playing in a new stadium somewhere near Oakland. The only reason why fans weren’t paying for tickets in San Diego was because the Chargers were awful for many years. No one wants the Raiders in Las Vegas. Take a page from the NHL and create a new team for Las Vegas, like the Golden Knights, if the league wants an NFL team there.

  43. So would they be called the San Diego Raiders for one year? Or the California Raiders? Or just Raiders?
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    United States Raiders. Why not? Anything to tee off Jerry Jones.

  44. One more step closer to becoming the WESTERN RAIDERS, with 8 home towns —
    San Diego, CA
    Honolulu, HI
    Mexico City, MX
    Eugene, OR
    Boise, ID
    Provo, UT
    Albuquerque, NM
    Las Vegas, NV

  45. The Chargers treated san diego like garbage for years, and then worked their way out of town on purpose. Why would you not pay Joey Bosa and let him hold out 4 games over pennies in a year where you are trying to win votes for a new stadium? Why would you tell the city goodbye and play them out of the stadium the year before if you wanted votes for a new stadium? The measure for a new stadium was all a ruse to show they “tried” in good faith to get a deal to avoid a lawsuit. Ask any San Diegan how they feel about Spanos, then ask them how they felt about John Moores who they gave a stadium to for the Padres. The Spanos family had a ticket guarantee and ran the franchise into the ground. When the team was winning that place was packed. Dont listen to the Fabiani hired LA trolls, LA does not want the Chargers, and I cant wait to see their parade if they manage to win the super bowl.

  46. San Diego fans may relish the opportunity to boo the team that abandoned them for LA. They may not be rooting for the Raiders but they will surely like to boo the Chargers.

  47. seahawkcritique says:
    January 9, 2019 at 12:54 am
    “One more step closer to becoming the WESTERN RAIDERS, with 8 home towns”

    The Seahawks were booted from the NFC West to the AFC West… For the Buccaneers. Then they got booted back to the NFC West in 2002. Why? And wasn’t it Anaheim, CA, that the Seahawks moved their team headquarters to in 1996 hoping to relocate?

  48. CORRECT ROONEYRULEBLUES! Spanos was convinced by Fabiani that moving to LA would result in selling the team at a higher price. NO WAY! The LA Chargers have only a trickle of fans in LA as the Rams own NFL football there. Key factor is there are simply too many pro sports options in LA for any sports fan to spend money to see the LA Chargers. Spanos has trapped himself. He’s committed to long term contracts and still owes NFL owners a “re-location” fee of the better part of $650,000,000. They’ll be no buyers under the current scenario. Look, Spanos is “renting” everything in LA. The HQ and practice field in Costa Mesa, StubHub and in two years paying rent for Kroenke stadium. Las Vegas Raiders up next. Buffalo to San Antonio and the Jaguars to London. Goodell and the NFL must revisit their relocation policy and stop BETRAYING fan bases for shiny new stadiums.

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