Raiders owner Mark Davis told an audience in the Ritz-Carlton lobby that his goal remains keeping his team in Oakland, as Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com tweets. Of course, while he’s working on that front, the Raiders and Chargers have enlisted the help of Carmen Policy to help facilitate the joint Carson City project. Davis later added that he wouldn’t consider moving the Raiders to St. Louis in the event that the Rams bolt for Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Davis says that the Raiders and Chargers closed on the land deal in Carson last night, as Ben Volin of The Boston Globe tweets. While Davis’ preference might be to stay put, he’s also well-prepared to move if necessary.
Davis said he has $500M to give on a $900M potential stadium in Oakland, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets, and it remains to be seen if the city is willing to cover that funding gap. When asked what’s needed to keep the Raiders in Oakland, Davis responded (link), “Ask the city of Oakland and the county of Alameda.”
Carson and Oakland are on the table, but he says the chances of the Raiders playing at the Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers, are “zero,” as Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweets. He also says there is no way he’d ever sell the team (link).