Oakland lease offer still on the table for the Raiders

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The Raiders currently have a deal to play in 2019 at Oracle Park in San Francisco, but they could still have a deal to play in Oakland, if they want it.

According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the board that oversees the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum continues to have a one-year, $7.5 million rent agreement on the table to host the Raiders for at least one more season.

The Raiders walked away from the offer after Oakland sued the Raiders and the rest of the league over the team’s looming relocation to Las Vegas. And the Raiders recently reached a deal to share space with the San Francisco Giants.

“We have always wanted them to come back and play the last season here,” Coliseum Authority executive director Scott McKibben said Tuesday, per Gehlken. “Keep in mind the Coliseum Authority that I work for and represent is not in this lawsuit. The lawsuit has been filed by the city of Oakland. The role that I have taken is I’ve got a lot of jobs to save for a season or two. . . . We would love to see them play here for the fans and the sponsors and the media exposure and all the various constituents that are impacted by this.”

Although the Raiders want to play in San Francisco, Gehlken notes that the league has not approved the arrangement. Likewise, the San Francisco 49ers (which play in Santa Clara) have not waived their territorial rights to the city for which the franchise is named.

There was a clear sense last week in Atlanta that the Raiders eventually will spend 2019 in Oakland. And that outcome could unfold like this: The league tells the 49ers to choose between letting the Raiders play in San Francisco or inviting the Raiders to share space at Levi’s Stadium. Then, if the 49ers choose Levi’s Stadium, the league tells the Raiders to choose between Levi’s Stadium and Oakland.

However it plays out, the Raiders are expected to remain in the Bay Area for 2019. Despite the pending litigation, it won’t be a surprise if they stay in Oakland.

22 responses to “Oakland lease offer still on the table for the Raiders

  1. The Oakland Coliseum is the best deal, best site location due to parking, public transportation, and logistics. Making the best deal absent of emotion is kinda like business 101.

    Business is like chess. Your moves have to be cold and calculating. The moment you make a move out of emotion you’re compromised.

    Raiders have to make moves of businessMEN…not a spiteful children.

  2. Maybe they don’t want to deal with what could happen inside that stadium at the last game there?

  3. Doesn’t Matter next year is just another stepping stone in returning the Raiders organization to the great franchise it was from 1960-2002 when they had the most wins of any NFL franchise during that time span. Can’t wait to see the haters disappear as they return to greatness!!!

  4. The broke city of Oakland is looking for a cash grab and hoping they’ll get a quick settlement as the Raiders and NFL look to avoid a PR mess as Schaff and Co. are presented as heroes of the people fighting the evil corporate machine in the media. However, not one penny will go to any of the people that work on gamedays and are losing income. It won’t be spent on anything that would help create new jobs for these displaced workers, or anything that lowers their cost of living.

    Why doesn’t the city sue the Warriors for leaving Oracle behind and taking away 41+ games a year from those employees? Hopefully, Mark Davis will sign the lease agreement and then the team countersues the city for all the sewage backups, rodent infestations and other unsanitary conditions that have gone unresolved

  5. firedog784 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 8:28 am
    Maybe they don’t want to deal with what could happen inside that stadium at the last game there?
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    That’s a great point.

  6. I still don’t understand why the UNLV Sam Boyd stadium is “not an option”? It can hold 40k, and the Chargers are in a stadium that holds 28k. Unless the University flat out doesn’t want the Raiders. Anyone that knows please respond.

  7. “Raiders have to make moves of businessMEN…not a spiteful children.”
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    Sure, but real businessmen would have had a firm backup plan in place dating back to shortly after they announced they were moving. Hard feelings with Oakland weren’t exactly a surprising development, after all. Probably a year ago already they should have contacted several places, picked one as the emergency fallback option and been set to go. It’s crazy the NFL didn’t require them to have that in place.

  8. Personally I hope they play at least 200 miles away, which means the Bay Area will get more free off the air NFL game broadcasts. It was much better when they were in LA in the 80s. After they returned, we see fights between 49er and Raider fans, and we are forced to see some awful road games they played in, instead of seeing some better games played in the AFC by other teams. Hope there is no delay in the completion of their brand new stadium either. Good riddance.

  9. “I still don’t understand why the UNLV Sam Boyd stadium is “not an option”? It can hold 40k, and the Chargers are in a stadium that holds 28k. Unless the University flat out doesn’t want the Raiders. Anyone that knows please respond.”
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    It’s bigger than where the Chargers play and a football stadium so it has legs up on both of those points. According to numerous reports, the main issue is that Davis has been adamant that he doesn’t want to play anywhere in Vegas other than the new stadium. That made it a non-starter for him. There were also some renovations the NFL and/or UNLV wanted done and Davis said he had no interest in paying for those. (And by now they might not have the time to do any renovations.) But Davis wanting their Vegas premier to be in that new stadium eliminated any thought of using UNLV’s facilities.

  10. there is no doubt the poorest owner in the NFL pride is so big , that it becomes painful to ask Oakland if its ok if the Raiders can play there again. His fragile ego might be to big for that. It would be even more hilarious if Oakland said its no longer interested in letting Oakland play there,(they can’t however because of the lawsuit) leaving the Raiders to be the gypsies that they have now become under Mark Davis. Looking for hand outs and subsidies from folks, while he leaves a market that has more billionaires and more money than anywhere in the USA, only to go to the most transient city in the USA, with high crime, worse healthcare, dead last in education. Just the type of place where guys making millions want to raise their children and live. The truth is it’s like the ol saying goes” It’s a great place to visit, but I would never want to live there. ( Go there in July, and you will no exactly what I mean.)

  11. 49ersfury says:
    February 6, 2019 at 5:20 am

    The Oakland Coliseum is the best deal, best site location due to parking, public transportation, and logistics. Making the best deal absent of emotion is kinda like business 101.

    Business is like chess. Your moves have to be cold and calculating. The moment you make a move out of emotion you’re compromised.

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    Son-of-Al by his own admission has never worked a day in his life and therefore has zero business acumen. Like a lot of people who won the birth lottery, he’s a man-child who is susceptible to temper tantrums and can’t think rationally.

    Raiders have to make moves of businessMEN…not a spiteful children.

  12. What a complete and utter mess the Mark Davis has made and it’s karma for Davis family greed. He and his father are the reason why taxpayers are disgusted at the thought of welfare for the 1% and owners of teams worth billions in a league worth tens of billions. The Coliseum Authority renovated the stadium in the late 90s and the Alameda County taxpayers are STILL paying for that. The Raiders didn’t contribute one single cent and have not even offered to buy the land or stadium or put a single cent to make the stadium shinier for them.

  13. The city of Oakland should push for this and when the Raiders accept, wait until 1 week before the season starts and re-neg on the deal and tell the team to sue them. Oh, the drama this would cause would be priceless!

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