Signs continue to point to a Raiders’ return to Oakland for 2019

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It appears more and more likely the Raiders will spend one last season in Oakland after (sort of) saying good-bye last season.

The Raiders have a deal to play in Oracle Park in San Francisco for 2019, but it doesn’t appear the 49ers or the NFL will approve it. If the 49ers don’t agree to waive their territorial rights — and it doesn’t appear they have any interest in doing so, even for a year — it leaves only one avenue for the Raiders to play in the San Francisco Giants home for next season.

It would take NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ordering a vote of the league’s owners to override the 49ers. Then, the Raiders would need the approval of 30 of the 32 owners to play in San Francisco, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Due to a special provision in the bylaws, the usual two-thirds vote of NFL owners does not apply.

In other words, the Raiders shouldn’t hold their breath.

The 49ers are open to the Raiders sharing Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for a season, and the board that oversees the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum continues to have a one-year, $7.5 million rent agreement on the table.

Oakland sued the NFL and its teams over the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas in 2020, which is what precipitated the Raiders’ search for a temporary home.

As Florio wrote yesterday, there was a clear sense last week in Atlanta that the Raiders eventually will spend 2019 in Oakland.

15 responses to “Signs continue to point to a Raiders’ return to Oakland for 2019

  1. I remember when I was applying to PhD programs telling everyone I was leaving my home in New York for that archetypal cross-country drive. The school that admitted me however was in New York. So after all the hype — all the fantasies centered on the UCLA campus — I wound up staying put. And that’s the moral of the story. Sometimes you stay put.

  2. Damn, you people are acting like you are the U.S. Congress. Just stop the fighting, let them use the Giants stadium and be done with it. It is ONE year. Let’s go.

  3. Is there not a stadium in Las Vegas they could play in? As the Chargers have proven, all they need is a tiny soccer stadium.

  4. If Al was still alive he would do whatever he wanted to. He would have laughed at the vote. Mark on the other hand, does not have two things his dad had.

  5. 8oneanddones says:
    February 6, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Is there not a stadium in Las Vegas they could play in? As the Chargers have proven, all they need is a tiny soccer stadium.
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    Yes there is. Sam Boyd Stadium where UNLV currently plays it’s home football games. It’s about a 30,000 seat stadium which I believe is larger than the soccer stadium what the Chargers play. The Raiders want the big crowds and big bucks a larger stadium brings. It’s all about the money.

  6. radrntn says:
    February 6, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    If Al was still alive he would do whatever he wanted to. He would have laughed at the vote. Mark on the other hand, does not have two things his dad had.

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    A better barber and more brains?

  7. Sam Boyd stadium would not be approved without about $40M in infrastructure improvements (or more) to bring it up to NFL standards. And no one will pay for that, as UNLV will join the Raiders in the new Las Vegas stadium. To dilapidated to be a consideration by NFL or the Raiders.

  8. They should consider playing in the same place they played in the 1960s, The Laney College football field. It seats a few thousand fans currently, I believe.

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