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.
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