OAKLAND — The Raiders don’t appear to be any nearer to reaching an settlement to play the 2019 season on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Oakland officers proceed to attend on crew officers to renew discussions about enjoying yet another season within the East Bay at the same time as the present lease is about to run out.
“Our provide remains to be on the desk,” Coliseum Stadium Authority government director Scott McKibben stated this week. “We’re keen to proceed speaking if the Raiders wish to.”
In different phrases, the events should not speaking regardless of latest reviews suggesting in any other case.
The newest improvement got here simply as Tucson, Arizona, and Birmingham, Alabama, expressed curiosity in enjoying host to Raiders video games this 12 months, in response to reviews Tuesday.
Raiders proprietor Mark Davis withdrew from Coliseum negotiations in December after metropolis officers filed a lawsuit in opposition to the NFL and the crew over the franchise’s transfer to Las Vegas that was permitted in 2017. The perimeters had been discussing a proposed $7.5 million lease extension that might have allowed the Raiders to make use of the stadium this 12 months.
McKibben and Oakland may have to resolve the problem quickly with the lease expiring Wednesday. If the skilled soccer crew performs elsewhere the Oakland-Alameda County-owned facility would be capable of fill the 10 gameday dates with different occasions.
McKibben plans to replace the stadium authority board on the state of affairs throughout a closed session Friday on the group’s scheduled assembly.
Raiders executives didn’t instantly reply to requests to debate their plans.
Oakland, which has performed on the Coliseum since 1995, plans to maneuver right into a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat Las Vegas stadium that’s anticipated to open in 2020. Nevertheless it has but to safe a stadium for this 12 months’s eight regular-season house video games and two preseason video games due to the authorized dispute with East Bay officers.
The Raiders had turned to the Giants’ Oracle Park, however these plans just lately fell aside when the 49ers didn’t grant the NFL neighbors territorial rights to town that bears their identify.
That appeared to depart the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and Levi’s Stadium as Davis’ solely Bay Space selections.
However what in regards to the area’s three Division-1 soccer faculties? For a wide range of causes, every is an extended shot — or within the case of UC Berkeley, no shot in any respect.
Cal officers have an settlement with Strawberry Canyon residents to ban NFL video games from being performed at Memorial Stadium — despite the fact that the varsity may use the cash to assist pay down a $440 million debt stemming from renovations.
At 50,000 seats, Stanford Stadium is a risk however faculty officers have but to speak to the Raiders, in response to Ray Purpur, deputy athletic director. He didn’t dismiss the concept despite the fact that
the 49ers additionally personal territorial rights to Palo Alto.
“It’s exhausting to coordinate two groups in a single stadium however definitely is finished,” Purpur stated in an e-mail.
“We’re in the identical territorial rights however I feel there may be some flexibility in that.”
Nonetheless, the 49ers may object just because Levi’s is a enterprise that wants tenants to pay for the constructing. Even a brief one such because the Raiders may very well be interesting from a monetary perspective.
One other native choice — if somebody has a giant creativeness, that’s — is 30,456-seat CEFCU Stadium at San Jose State.
Spartans athletic director Marie Tuite is sport. However faculty officers haven’t approached the Raiders as a result of they don’t wish to seem to undermine town of Oakland.
“We might at all times entertain using the stadium,” Tuite stated. “If they’re it’s higher they attain out to me.”
Tuite would like to have the Raiders for a 12 months due to potential upgrades to the varsity’s stadium. However it’s tough to think about any architect may magically flip the getting old facility into one thing acceptable to NFL groups.
“The adverse is to handle the expectations of the NFL,” Tuite stated. However, she added, “they should play someplace.”
It gained’t be at UNLV’s 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium. Like San Jose State’s facility, Sam Boyd will not be trendy sufficient for NFL tastes. In addition to, the 48-year-old stadium will change into out of date when the Rebels be part of the Raiders of their new digs in 2020.
For now, the eight regular-season house dates in opposition to Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Denver, Kansas Metropolis and the Los Angeles Chargers may very well be performed anyplace from the Bay Space to San Diego — or past.
NFL schedule makers don’t have a lot time left whereas the Raiders proceed to muddle about in pursuit of a brief house.
“So far as timing, the important thing factor on the timing is our schedule,” Goodell had stated. “We have to make a schedule, clearly, for the 2019 season, and the earlier the higher for us with that.”