Report: Raiders exploring preseason game in Canada, practices with Rams

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The Oakland Raiders are exploring playing a preseason game in Canada and joint practices with the Los Angeles Rams this summer, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

A game north of the border in Canada could be the first of two times the Raiders will leave the states to play a game in 2019. The team is already scheduled to play the Chicago Bears in London during the regular season. Per the report, it would be a Raiders home game that would be moved to the Canadian site if the game is scheduled.

The Raiders are, begrudgingly, set to play one final season in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. Efforts to find an alternate home site for games this fall after their lease with the Oakland Coliseum expired proved fruitless. However, the London and Canada games would mean the team would play just eight home dates in Oakland instead of the standard 10 for the preseason and regular season. A postseason appearance would potentially add to that number, obviously.

The Canadian preseason game would also mean one fewer game with the dirt baseball infield of the Coliseum as well.

The report points to Regina, Saskatchewan and Mosaic Stadium as a possible site for the game. The field plays host to the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Rogers Centre in Toronto played host to several games – exhibition and regular season – featuring the Buffalo Bills from 2008-2013. BC Place in Vancouver was the last stadium outside Toronto to host an NFL game of any kind as the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers met in the 1998 preseason.

Additionally, the Raiders are also trying to set up joint practices with the Rams. The team held practices with the Detroit Lions last year as well. The Rams also held joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens last August.

14 responses to “Report: Raiders exploring preseason game in Canada, practices with Rams

  1. What you do is have things like this sewed up before giving the city you play in the finger.
    But Mark is nowhere near smart enough to think things through before acting…just look at that dead squirrel he has on his head.

  2. They don’t play games in Toronto anymore because it is a HORRIBLE football city. Toronto doesn’t support the game at ANY level. I’m sure the excuses will come as to why the Bills in Toronto series was a total fiasco, but somehow those same excuses aren’t required in London and Mexico City.

  3. Good. Send the Raiders to Canada permanently. No one else wants to watch them. They haven’t been a relevant franchise since the 1970’s.

  4. I think Marshawn Lynch is the one who spearheaded this exhibition game in Canada due to the lenient marijuana laws.

  5. I suspect the dirt infield has more to do with this than people think. It’s an absolute joke that professional athletes are required to play there. And don’t underestimate how this factored into the move to Sin City.

  6. If they’re gonna play in Saskatchewan they had better keep it to the preseason. They wouldn’t want to bring that warm weather club to that location in November-December.

  7. don’t you love it when homeless gypsies looking around the country for free handouts are “begrudgingly” about playing in the spot that started their brand. Mark Davis should build a bronze statue of Nevada’s former Gov. Sandoval outside the new stadium. Thanking him for 30 years of free rent, and all concessions/parking revenue generated. Suckers!

  8. stucats says:
    March 5, 2019 at 8:03 am

    I think Marshawn Lynch is the one who spearheaded this exhibition game in Canada due to the lenient marijuana laws.

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    What? Marshawn Lynch was very recently on Real Time with Bill Maher. When Maher asked him about marijuana… Lynch responded that he “tried it when he was younger and that it was a big mistake”.

  9. billswillnevermove says:
    March 5, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Great, move them there for regular season games too, so the troll from Toronto can watch them go 0-16! Just lose baby!!

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    Awww, poor jills fan still crying because the Raiders are getting a brand new, multi billion dollar stadium and the jills still play in a quarry? If your precious jills hadn’t sucked for the last 70 years maybe someone would build them a new stadium.

  10. domedaddy says:
    March 5, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    The Raiders are going international. Nobody in the States want them. Am i lying?

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    No, you’re not lying, just clueless. In case you didn’t notice the Raiders are getting a brand new stadium in Las Vegas. If you didn’t fail geography you’d notice that Las Vegas is in the United States.

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