Raiders move to Vegas heats up

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As things heat up in Chicago entering the second day of the 2016 NFL Draft, the news that the Oakland Raiders could land in Sin City is heating up as well.  Raider owner Mark Davis meet with officials of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC) during the week, and what seemed little more than just a thought has inched closer to a reality after the meeting.  Davis was all smiles as he posed with fans behind a black and silver “Las Vegas Raiders” banner.  After making a few light jokes, he then delivered a $500 million commitment to a new stadium in the city for his team.   Davis was quoted saying that “Let’s give them an offer they can’t refuse, they’re going to approve it based on that.”  He went on to state “We need a home. We need a stadium, that’s what Las Vegas is going to provide us and it’s going to be a great marriage.”

At times during the meeting of the SNTIC, it looked like the love affair had started already. There were few pointed questions from committee members, and at one point Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman was gushing in her love and support for the team.  Davis talked about building on the legacy of his dad, the late Al Davis, and finally giving the team a new stadium to match those of the “richer” teams in the league. He insisted he wasn’t trying to use Las Vegas as a bargaining chip, and spoke of a “lifetime” commitment to the city.   At the end of the carefully staged presentation that featured soccer star David Beckham sitting next to him, he said the future is bright for both the city and his team.  It seems that the meeting created more momentum for billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who is trying to secure the move of the Raiders to Las Vegas.   Davis confirmed that “This is real, we are not using Vegas as a bargaining chip.”

Meanwhile, over in Chicago Thursday night, with the 14th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected West Viginia Mountaineers safety Karl Joseph.

Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more on the potential move to Las Vegas, and a complete re-cap of the Raiders 2016 Draft picks.

 

Raiders and OT Donald Penn Agree on Two-Year Deal

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The Raiders and OT Donald Penn are back together, as the team and tackle have agreed on a two-year deal worth about $14 million.

Raiders sign 1 year lease & more news..

On Thursday, Raider team officials announced that they have signed a one year lease extension to remain in Oakland Coliseum (O.co) for the 2016 NFL Season.  Raiders owner Mark Davis said the deal was a “win-win” for both sides.  He went on to say that “It gives us an opportunity to work on a permanent facility for the Raiders here in Oakland.   It gives us some certainty for this season as well as flexibility for the following two seasons.”
The agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority guarantees that the Raiders will play the 2016 season in the same stadium they have called home since 1995. It also carries two one-year team options. The deal still needs the approval of the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, who are both expected to meet and discuss terms within the next two weeks.  It is fully expected that the deal will be approved and will keep the Raiders playing in Oakland for he immediate future.
Since taking over the Raider after his father’s death in 2011, Mark Davis has repeatedly said he wants to keep the team in Oakland, while at the same time exploring other options should a deal not be reached.  Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Davis have more recently butted heads regarding a new stadium and keeping the team in Oakland, but this news brings about at least a temporary halt and will give both sides more time to reach a possible deal.   Said Davis of his exploration of other cities for his team to relocate to, “If people are going to call you and offer things to look at, you have to look at them, but my heart is here in Oakland and if we can get something done, that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Currently, the Raiders share the O.co Coliseum with the MLB Oakland A’s, who are seeking a stadium of their own.  The Raiders and A’s are the only NFL and MLB teams left that share a stadium.  Athletics’ owner Lew Wolff would like a baseball-only stadium built at the current O.com site, while Davis is said to prefer the building of two stadiums.  To help in negotiations for getting a new football stadium built, the Raiders recently hired consultant Larry MacNeil, who spent 10 years as CFO for the 49’ers and was a pivotal player in getting the $1.3 billion Levi Stadium built in San Francisco.   Per the Raiders web-site,  MacNiel “will represent the Raiders’ interests in negotiations with the City and the County.”
In addition to reaching the principle agreement to play in Oakland in 2016, the tam also has options for 2017 & 2018, dependent on how things work out with obtaining a new stadium deal.  Davis said the rent will increase, but fans will pay the same for tickets.  Also, season tickets for the third deck will be available for $225.  This will be the 11th straight year that the Raiders season ticket holders will not se an increase in ticket price.
Beyond this year, things are still up in the air.  A lot depends on what the San Diego Chargers decide as far as joining the Rams in LA.   They (the Chargers) have that option of playing in LA, but should they find a stadium solution in San Diego, then the Raiders will have the opportunity to relocate to LA.  Other options mentioned recently for the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas Nevada, San Antonio Texas, and possibly even replacing the Chargers in San Diego..
In other recent news, the 2016 Raiders opponents have been finalized.  The Raiders home opponents will be Denver, KC, the Chargers, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Carolina, and Buffalo.  The Raiders will also be the “home” team when they face the Houston Texans on Nov 21 in Mexico City.   The Raiders will visit Denver, KC, the Chargers, Jacksonville, Tennessee,, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Baltimore.  Final dates have yet to be released.
Also in other news, ESPN has announced that recently retired Oakland Raider Charles Woodson will join the ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown Show starting this September.
Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more up to date RAIDERS news !!

Raiders Expected to Play Texans in Mexico City This Season

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The Texans are expected to play a regular-season game against the Raiders in Mexico City next season, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It is an obvious choice to have Oakland play a home game against the Texans in the international series that’s being expanded beyond the United Kingdom, according to league officials familiar with negotiations.

The Raiders were hoping to move to Los Angeles but were left out, and they have yet to sign a new lease in Oakland.

Owner Bob McNair and president Jamey Rootes have told the league for a couple of years how much they would like for the Texans to be involved in the international series, preferably in Mexico City because they have a growing fan base in Mexico.

McNair has insisted he won’t give up a home game at NRG Stadium but would like to play a road game in Mexico City. Oakland is a natural because of its current circumstances.

Rootes, who was part of a Houston group of business and political leaders that visited Mexico City during the season, addressed the subject of playing there after the trip.

“We’ve always expressed that we have an interest in participating internationally as a road team (and), we’ve made it clear that we were most interested in doing that in Mexico,” Rootes said after the visit. “It’s an amazing opportunity for teams and the league.

Viva Las Vegas (Raiders)..

vegasWell, now that the Chargers have decided to move to LA for the 2017 season, a new option for the Raiders has now come up.. According to a recent report on Yardbarker.com,  Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis just spent a visit with Sheldon Adelson,  CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which is the parent company of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Supposedly, the purpose of Davis’s visit was to take a look at a 42-acre site that a new special events stadium will be built upon.  It was immediately assumed that this visit was nothing more than a rue by Davis to gain leverage as he tries to determine what to do with his team, now that he is shut out of the LA deal.  However, that seems to be a false assumption as shortly after the visit, the NFL released a memo to the PR directors of all 32 teams.  As first reported by  Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles News Group and confirmed by Albert Breer or NFL Network, the memo contained wording directly associate wit the Las Vegas visit by Davis, and advised that “If your club owner or executives are asked about this, there is no need to comment. If any comment is offered, please keep the following points in mind:”

1. All decisions regarding the location of teams are made by the full membership. Three-fourths of the member clubs must approve any team move.

2. No proposal made to the league. It would be speculative to suggest that your club would or would not support such a proposal. If such a proposal is made, it would be considered under the league’??s relocation policies.

3. There is no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city. Any proposal for relocation would be evaluated based on the same standards as apply to any proposed move. Those standards are well-known, having just been applied in connection with relocation proposals to Los Angeles.

Basically what the memo is telling the teams is that there really are no rules stopping this move if the NFL, owners and obviously Davis want it to happen.  That said, the statement isn’t suggesting it’s a given it would happen, even if all the owners did vote in favor of a Vegas proposal. Given the potential problems (gambling anyone?)  for any pro sports team operating in Las Vegas,  the league would certainly have reasons to stop the move.  Remember, as stated in a previous RAIDERSGAB post, Mark Davis has other options in play.. The whole San Antonio things is still very real, as is the Raiders trying to stay put in Oakland with a new stadium deal. Also in the mix is the Raiders taking the Chargers spot in 2017 after their move to LA..

All very interesting stuff.  As I said before, as a RAIDER FAN, I really would like to see the team stay in Oakland, but there is a lot to deal with to make that happen.. What will owner Mark Davis ultimately decide?   Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more news as it happens !!

 

Raiders in San Diego? Probably not…BUT…

goodell and davisAs 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 !!

Raiders May Make a Move to San Antonio if the Deal in Los Angeles Fails

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, all 32 NFL owners will meet in Houston to determine the fate of three teams.

As of right now, the San Diego Chargers, the Raiders and the St. Louis Rams have all filed for relocation, ready to move to southern California. Odds are, there will be at least one odd team out and with that possibility looming it makes people scramble for a plan B, if needed.

According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, as it stands right now, the Raiders seem like the odd team out. Therefore, not wanting to be left high and dry, Raiders owner Mark Davis has set his sights on moving to San Antonio, Anthony Bertacchi CBS Sacramento reports.

According to Cole, Davis owns land between San Antonio and Dallas and, if he has to, will use it as leverage against Oakland to get a stadium built.

One thing to keep in mind is the annoyance that this may become to Jerry Jones and Bob McNair, owners of the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans respectively. Any move into Texas would cut into the revenue that Jones and McNair make. Not only that, but Jones proposed a plan where the Rams and Chargers share a stadium in LA. It seems unlikely he would be OK with San Antonio, if it comes to it.

Raiders Davis says Oakland Stadium plan “Doesn’t work for Us”

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis speaks to fans during a hearing hosted by the NFL to gather comments from football fans on the possible relocation of the team Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Oakland , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

According to Matthew Artz of the San Jose Mercury News, the battle between The City of Oakland leaders and Raiders owner Mark Davis took another turn this past Tuesday as the city submitted an updated stadium financing plan to the NFL that could set the stage for a protracted fight if the team is not allowed to move to Los Angeles next season.  The five-page letter signed by Mayor Libby Schaaf and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty included no new offers of public money for the team.  With NFL owners meeting next month to potentially decide which team(s) get to move to LA, Mayor Schaaf said Tuesday that the league and Raiders fans “understand that Oakland does not have a big check to write.”  Raiders owner Mark Davis, who received a draft version of the letter, took it as a sign that the city wasn’t serious about reaching a deal.  Davis speculated that “They just don’t want to play (negotiate) with us.  I don’t know why, I don’t understand it.”

 The letter suggests making available 60 acres for a new football stadium on the south end of the Coliseum property. The Raiders would be provided 8,000 surface parking spaces in the vicinity of the stadium. The team also would get to keep all game-day revenue, but would be responsible for any construction cost overruns.  Davis said that the 60 acres wouldn’t even meet the Raiders parking needs.  Davis commented “They’re trying to say to build in the corner of the parking lot, and we’ll guarantee you parking, but we won’t tell you where,” he said. “That does not work for us.”  Davis went on to say that “I want a clean template to build one of the nicest places in the Bay Area, the acreage and the land is the starting point. If we get a commitment on the land, we can go out and market this thing.”  Davis offered his own blueprint for getting a new stadium built in Oakland, saying he could possibly bring aboard someone to invest in both the team and a new facility if he gets full control over the 120-acre Coliseum complex.
Both the A’s owner Lewis “Lew” Wolff,  and Davis are now on record saying they need to control the sprawling stadium site if they are to build a new stadium there. And both Wolff and Davis have expressed little interest in developing the surrounding land — instead preferring to prioritize parking and freeway access for fans.  Asked for his vision of a revamped Coliseum complex, Davis said “a football stadium, parking, and … some type of ancillary development, but not on the scale that they’re talking about.”
NFL owners are meeting in Houston on Jan 12 and 13  where it is possible that they will decide between a Los Angeles area stadium proposal submitted by both the Raiders and San Diego Chargers or a competing plan offered by the St. Louis Rams.

While the City of Oakland wants the Raiders to head the stadium project, it also wants the stadium to be part of a much larger development that would generate significant tax revenue. Mayor Schaaf said the city was open to a deal that would give the Raiders control of the land, possibly through a long-term lease, but only if it included benefits for the city and came at a fair market price. Meanwhile, with the help of an NFL stadium loan, the Raiders are offering to pay $500 million toward an estimated $900 million, 55,000-seat stadium.  Davis said that controlling all of the Coliseum land would put the Raiders in position to bring aboard an investor to buy up to 20 percent of the team, invest in the stadium and potentially develop portions of the property into the “homes, shops and offices” that the city wants.

Davis commented  that “The (funding gap) comes down with equity in the team, but right now we don’t have any land to go out and do anything with.” Mayor Schaaf  said Tuesday that development rights to the surrounding land could go toward stadium financing, and the city has offered to finance the estimated $90 million in infrastructure improvements needed at the stadium site.  Not including any specifics for a stadium deal, Mayor Schaaf’s letter focuses on the Bay Area’s thriving economy and the Coliseum’s prime location. If and how much that will matter to Davis and the Raiders,  the mayor admitted is up in the air. The mayor went on to say that “At the end of the day, a lot of this is for the Raiders to decide, and we are really hopeful that the Raiders know that Oakland is part of the Raiders and the Raiders are part of Oakland.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy acknowledged late Tuesday receipt of the letter, stating that “It is consistent with what we had been expecting as we have been in close contact with various officials.” There was no further comment by McCarthy or the NFL.

The letter can be read in full by here : http://issuu.com/bayareanewsgroup/docs/nfl_ltr_12-29-15/5?e=2878064/32285917

Star tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more on the potential new stadium and possible move to LA.