As the families and fans of the San Diego Chargers await word on the likely move to LA, a more intriguing story is developing involving the (current) Oakland Raiders.. Multiple sources are reporting that IF the Chargers join the Rams in Los Angeles, there is a possibility that the Raiders will make the move to replace the Chargers in San Diego. While right now this seems unlikely, the possibility led to Chargers QB Phillip Rivers telling local San Diego sports talk station “The Mighty” 1090AM that “That one is going to get me a little nauseated, to be honest with you. The thought of that one is a little sickening. That one is hard to stomach. It’s hard enough thinking about moving. … The thought of the Raiders being here and us not might be tougher than all the rest.”
Speculations are that if Oakland is left out of the LA deal, there are basically 4 options for the Raiders. The favorite so far is for them to remain in Oakland. All along, this is what owner Mark Davis has said he prefers. Obviously there are issues, including a large ($350-$400 million) gap in monies needed to fund a new stadium. As reported recently on RAIDERSGAB, the city of Oakland has already told the Raiders that they are broke, and will not contribute to a new stadium. Even with the NFL kicking in $100 million for the new stadium, there is still a lot of funding needed to please Mark Davis with a new venue.
The second option is a move to San Antonio. As wild as it may seem right now, there is a possibility that the State of Texas could end up with 3 NFL teams in the near future. San Antonio has been courting Davis for quite some time, and the Raiders very well could end up in the Lone Star state.
The third, and newest possible destination for the Raiders is San Diego. That option is entirely dependent on what the Chargers decide. If the Chargers do decide to join the Rams in LA, then Davis may bolt (pun intended) south to the beaches. According to sources, San Diego is a very real and viable option for the Raiders. It’s a market the NFL absolutely wants to be in, and one the league is comfortable the Raiders would dominate. Some reports say that the NFL would even consider waiving the relocation fee if to facilitate a possible Raiders move to San Diego or set one at a price extremely affordable. Also, the additional $100 million the league promised to Davis that would go toward a deal in Oakland is expected to be available to them in a move to San Diego.
The Raiders have always had a strong foothold in Southern California, and can count on support from nearby Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Ventura and obviously San Diego, who would be longing to replace the Chargers if they do make the move to LA. That in itself is not a bad selling point to city leaders, who could count on Raider Nation making weekend trips to support the Raiders. More importantly, it would secure the Raider’s long-term future. Something both Mark Davis and the NFL can agree is a high priority. The key to this happening other that the obvious Chargers decision, is, can the Raiders agree on a new stadium deal with the city of San Diego and get it approved?
As a life-long Raider fan , my personal preference is for the team to remain in Oakland. What will eventually happen to our beloved Raiders? Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for up to date news !!