Raiders Playing 2019 In Oakland Still An Option

Last week’s lawsuit placed the Raiders in a strange situation as what was expected to be their penultimate Oakland season wraps up.

They are considering several cities to be their 2019 home, but Oakland may still be an option, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. The lawsuit’s timing appears to be a key factor in this process.

The Raiders will face significant backlash from the NFL if they cannot arrive at a solution by Super Bowl LIII, La Canfora reports, with marketing, stadium availability dates and the compilation of the 2019 schedule representing key issues for the league regarding the Raiders. The team will also need NFL approval to leave Oakland for another city next season.

Mark Davis previously expressed little interest in sharing Levi’s Stadium with the 49ers, but JLC adds there is a “strong sense” at the league office the Bay Area will be the best option for the 2019 Raiders. Some NFL executives believe that would be the best solution — that, or the Raiders playing at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where Major League Baseball’s Giants play.

If the Raiders would be interested in playing at the 49ers’ Santa Clara, Calif., stadium, the 49ers would welcome them, Ian Rapoport of reports (video link). Reiterating a possible option being San Diego, Rapoport adds Cal-Berkeley is another.

No lease agreement between the Raiders and the city of Oakland exists for 2019, and this lawsuit figures to make talks for one final lame-duck agreement difficult. Although, Davis said at last week’s owners meetings he has not ruled out one final Oakland season. This was initially the plan, prior to the lawsuit. But the team has been exploring alternatives to a 2019 Oakland season for months, JLC writes, adding that the Raiders were “stunned” by Oakland following through with its long-rumored suit.

One more home game remains on the Raiders’ schedule — a Christmas Eve Monday night clash with the Broncos — and it’s uncertain (again) if this finale will be the Raiders’ Oakland sendoff.

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16 comments on “Raiders Playing 2019 In Oakland Still An Option

  1. Rondon

    The harder and more uncomfortable it is for Mark Davis, the happier every OAKLAND Raider fan will be. F&%K him.

    • jrwhite21

      Oakland doesn’t deserve the A’s let alone the Raiders. Good on Mark Davis for leaving when he got the chance

      • Rondon

        BS. It’s the same old greed based, hold a city hostage for more, more, more tactic that this league is notorious for.

        • Your Clueless

          City of Oakland and residents have had two cracks at keeping the Raiders. Now the Raiders deserve to go where they are wanted and can play in a stadium that isn’t a sewer trap. Oakland doesn’t deserve any pro team.

  2. JJB0811

    Now why is it the league needs to plan to so far out for a season, yet not a week before a game to be played in Mexico, they didn’t realize the field was bad? That change to LA was pulled for ratings & it worked.

    As for the Raiders & SF; could you imagine having to pay hundreds of dollars to see two of the worse franchises in the league at one place?

    • crosseyedlemon

      …could you imagine having to pay hundreds of dollars to see two of the worse franchises in the league at one place?

      New Yorkers need not respond ^^^…lol

    • Kenleyfornia74

      Maybe because where a team will operate a season is a lot more complex than 1 international game. The field in Mexico was a piece of garbage and thats why it was pulled. You realize they lost millions by moving the game? Maybe next time the NFL won’t go to a 3rd world country

      • JJB0811

        The NFL knew the schedule of that stadium well in advance of the game. That’s the point. When two high unexpectedly profile teams were on prime time; unfortunately Mexico just wasn’t up to the task like LA was.

        • Kenleyfornia74

          The NFL does not control the poor managment of the Estadio Azteca staff. They were not prepared for an NFl game so they dont deserve one. And they still lost money by moving it

  3. bigeasye

    It’s not Mark Davis fault the coliseum is by far and away the worst venue in professional sports. And as nice as he is, he should politely throw Oakland a single finger in the middle of his hand. The raiders have done a lot for Oakland. Oakland has done zero for the Raiders.

    • JJB0811

      Raiders have done the same amount, or less by moving twice, for Oakland.

  4. snotrocket

    Stay the hell out of the Giants stadium. Brandon Belt will trip over a divot in the turf and get a concussion.

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