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Before the addition of "Mt. Davis" this was a much more beautiful ballpark
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http://tireball.com/nfl/2012/12/06/nfl-willing-to-contribute-200-million-to-build-raiders-stadium/
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to help keep the Raiders in Oakland.

On Thursday night, Goodell spoke about the prospects of a new stadium for the Raiders. The NFL commissioner says the league is willing to contribute up to $200 million to help fund the project. Of course this is if Raider and local officials can reach a deal of their own.

With the San Francisco 49ers building a new stadium the question was obviously asked if the Raiders could share the premises with them. Goodell said that decision would be made by the Raiders and 49ers.

For what its worth Raiders owner Mark Davis said in October that there were no plans to share a stadium with the 49ers.

Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, who also share the stadium with the Raiders, are also seeking a new stadium and have considered a move to San Jose.
Link to the study (pdf file):

http://www.coliseumauthority.org/archive/2013/31_130715_474.pdf

Is Mount Davis really that bad, I mean, is it worth renovating and redeveloping the other three sides of the stadium, rather than the need for a complete new stadium?
http://www.silverandblackpride.com/...s-talks-about-oakland-raiders-stadium-options
Mark Davis talks about Stadium options

The lease is up to the O.Co Coliseum after this year which means there is no agreement in place for the Raiders to play there anymore after this season. We all already know that but the fact still remains unsettled. Keeping the Raiders in Oakland now has a time limit and Mark Davis is reminding the city of the clock while talking to Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group.

Mark said it was a very good possibility that the Raiders would be playing at the Coliseum next year but that he hasn't started negotiating a new lease despite talks being on going. He also said he understands that playing in the Coliseum means playing on the dirt because of the Oakland Athletics also sharing the stadium and that has to be fine because that was the agreement already in place.

Then Davis confirmed that sharing the stadium in Santa Clara with the 49ers was probably out of the question to him. Not every Raider fan is against the idea to share the stadium with the Niners but it definitely is not a popular option so eliminating it as an option should be well received. You might be able to cross off the Santa Clara stadium as an option for the Raiders, but that doesn't mean that the Raiders will definitely be in the Coliseum next year either.

Even though Mark was quick to dismiss the 49ers stadium as an option for next year he was not nearly so quick as to dismiss the University of California's stadium in Berkeley as a short term option. It has drawbacks like a lack of parking and transportation but Mark couldn't deny that it was a possibility for a short term solution.

"Sure. I mean, if they’d want us. We’ve done it before. There’s some… things about Berkeley that wouldn’t be optimal–the parking and all of that stuff is always tough.' But at the same time, it’s if (there’s a need to play elsewhere for a while) for a new stadium… and we like Berkeley. I think what they’ve done with the new stadium is great."

The "if" that Mark Davis pointed out there is a really important one to notice. For the Raiders to need to look for a short term solution it would take a new stadium agreement in place in Oakland first. Now that agreement could be a new stadium or maybe a rebuilt Coliseum with the substantial updates included but it would need to be set for the Raiders to seek a short term answer while the construction begins.

That short term solution wouldn't be needed if the Raiders were to, let's say, move to LA. If you were really hoping that idea wasn't in Mark's mind at all then you would be sorely mistaken. Mark wants a permanent solution and he has the leverage of LA to make it happen. Now he has officially used that leverage after he was asked if LA is on his mind as a possibility for a permanent site.

"Always. An opportunity for us to get a new stadium is always on my mind. Oakland is first, OK? That’s all I can say."


Consider the gauntlet thrown people! The City of Oakland needs to make a move now because the Raiders definitely could move out of town if its not settled soon. Mark will not be signing a multi-year lease without a new agreement in place, and the LA stadium will not be an option forever without a team signing on. Just look at how Mr. Davis responded when asked if he would be frustrated if he spent another 5 years with the current Coliseum if you don't think this has come to a head.

"I don’t see how that could happen. But yeah, it obviously would be frustrating. It just doesn’t make sense, for anybody."

Your turn Oakland, the Raiders will not wait forever.
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_24037189/raiders-stadium-site-preference-could-hasten-exit
Raiders stadium site preference could hasten A's exit

OAKLAND -- The Raiders and A's have thrown a new monkey wrench into Oakland's efforts to keep both teams.

Despite their home field being surrounded by acres of parking lot, the Raiders want to build a football-only stadium at the exact location of the current Coliseum, officials said. That would leave the A's with no home field -- not that the A's, who are still eager to move to San Jose, would mind.


"We would not inhibit someone from building a brand-new football stadium if that is what they want to do," A's co-owner Lew Wolff said. When asked where the A's would play if the Coliseum became a construction site, Wolff replied, "That's our business."

City and county leaders have been surprised by the Raiders' stadium site preference and its potential to push the A's out of town. "I can't say why the Raiders would like to have the facility built on the existing footprint," said Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, who sits on the board that oversees the Coliseum complex. "That would interfere with the A's ability to stay there."

Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid, who also sits on the board, said the Raiders' stadium preference would give the A's added leverage in the team's bid for permission to move to San Jose. "Lew Wolff would be happy if that was the scenario that played out," Reid said. "He could tell Major League Baseball, 'See, they didn't want us. Look what they're doing for the Raiders.'"

The Raiders declined to comment Friday on their stadium plans or where they would play while a new stadium is constructed other than to reiterate in a prepared statement that the team and city are determining the viability of a stadium project and that "there is a real sense of urgency for both parties."

Of the three teams that play at the Coliseum complex, the Raiders are the only one that has stated a preference for staying, although team owner Mark Davis has said he's also discussing potential stadium deals in Los Angeles. The team's lease in Oakland expires at the end of this season.

The A's are negotiating a new lease at the Coliseum that would have an out clause depending on the Raiders stadium plans. Oakland has proposed the Coliseum parking lot and a former shipping terminal near Jack London Square as viable sites for a new ballpark, but Wolff, who would have to finance the construction, has repeatedly said neither is feasible.

A football-only Raiders stadium also might not pencil out in Oakland. The Coliseum's oversight board was informed in July that a 56,500-seat Raiders stadium would cost about $800 million to build and that the team would likely contribute only $300 million.

The specter of a public stadium subsidy could give the city and county more leverage to decide exactly where at the Coliseum complex a Raiders stadium would be built. "Whatever the Raiders want doesn't mean that they're going to get what they want," Miley said.

Andy Dolich, a longtime sports executive, said the Raiders should be willing to build a stadium adjacent to the Coliseum, but added that the status quo could remain in place for years to come.

"These teams are in Oakland," he said. "And there needs to be tremendous mountains to be moved from a finance standpoint, from a league standpoint and from a legal standpoint for them to go anyplace else."
http://www.latimes.com/sports/sport...liseum-sewage-backup-20130918,0,1444036.story
OAKLAND—The Oakland Athletics’ need for a new stadium was highlighted again Tuesday night when a sewage backup from a bathroom adjacent to the A’s dugout forced players and coaches to watch the final three innings of their 2-1 walk-off win over the Angels from the top step.

The problem wasn’t as severe as the massive sewage backup that spilled into both clubhouses in June, forcing players from the A’s and Seattle Mariners to shower in the Oakland Raiders’ locker room at O.co Coliseum.

But it left several inches of toilet water in the A’s dugout, which stadium workers were still mopping up two hours before Wednesday’s game.


“It wasn’t as bad as it looked, but it’s still bad,” Oakland catcher Derek Norris said. “It’s part of the things you have to deal with here. It’s not fun. It’s not awesome. But we have to just keep playing, and hopefully someday we’ll move into a nice new stadium that doesn’t have health hazards all over the place.”

Lew Wolff has been the point man in searching for a new stadium since 2003, first as the team’s vice president of venue development and then as managing partner.

In 2009, after the collapse of a proposed site in Fremont, Wolff pitched a move to San Jose. The San Francisco Giants have territorial rights there, so Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a task force to evaluate the situation.

After four years with no decision, the city of San Jose sued Major League Baseball in June. MLB has asked that the suit be thrown out, citing the immunity provided by its federal antitrust exemption. A hearing is set for Oct. 4.

But instead of using Tuesday’s plumbing snafu to intensify lobbying efforts for a new stadium, Wolff defended the antiquated, 45-year-old Coliseum.

“We’re making a bigger issue of it than it really is,” Wolff said. “It’s not fair to all the people at the Coliseum, all of the staff here, who work hard to keep this place going. We haven’t had that many problems of that nature. This could happen in your house.”
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...ntial-stadium-location-in-concord-california/
A city of 124,000 could be the next home for the Oakland Raiders.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, owner Mark Davis recently toured the Concord Naval Weapons Station on Friday as the potential location for a new stadium.


“He made no commitments, but my feeling, he liked the looks of the property,” Concord Mayor Dan Helix said.

The 5,000-acre facility has been decommissioned and is being cleaned up.

The proximity of the site to the Concord BART line caught the owner’s attention, since 30 percent of the team’s fans use the local subway system to get to the team’s games.

Davis has said he wants to build a new stadium that would hold roughly 58,000. Oakland is believed to be the first choice, but not much progress has been made. The Raiders also are believed to be a candidate to return to Los Angeles.








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https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&r...v5OHzmovphDqx2qhNv8sSIA&bvm=bv.56988011,d.bGQ

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders have new lease agreements to remain at the stadium they share in Oakland.

Officials overseeing the O.co Coliseum approved short term leases on Monday for both teams.

The Raiders' lease was extended through the end of the 2014-15 season. The A's were signed up through December 2015.


The coliseum Joint Powers Authority says the Raiders will pay $400,000 in 2014. The A's will pay $1.75 million each of the two years of the extension.

The lease deals now go before Oakland and Alameda County officials for approval.

The coliseum authority says it plans to continue working on a long-term deal to retain both teams. The A's have made no secret of their desire to leave for San Jose.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A woman who jumped from the third level of the Oakland Raiders' stadium survived after a man tried to catch her and broke her fall, authorities said.

The woman, who was not identified, was critically injured Sunday after plunging about 45 feet at O.co Coliseum. She jumped shortly after the Raiders' 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans, as fans filed out of the stadium.

The good Samaritan was seriously injured but was conscious and talking at the hospital, police said.


"He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense," Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson told the Oakland Tribune. "This guy 100 percent saved her life. She'd be dead now."

Nelson said the woman went to a seating area that was covered by a tarp and appeared to be alone when she jumped. Fans who spotted her tried to stop her.

"I yelled at her, 'Don't do it, please don't do it!' about 10 times. But she crawled out to the edge and jumped," witness Ron Brown of Sacramento told KTVU-TV.

The injured man was with a friend lingering near the flagpoles and Al Davis commemorative flame when he saw the commotion around the woman, Nelson told KTVU-TV.

The man also repeatedly shouted, "Don't do it," as he lunged toward the woman as she dropped and was knocked down as he tried to catch her, Nelson said.

Arriving paramedics found the woman in very critical condition, and the man also injured on the concourse. Initially, they thought she fell on him, but witnesses say he actually jumped to where she was falling, and tried to save her.

Nelson visited the injured man in the hospital Sunday evening.

"He just couldn't imagine having people see that," Nelson said. "He said it was a reaction. Even now, at the hospital he's very concerned about her. He's a real compassionate person."

The 61-year-old man's name was not released. Nelson told KTVU that the man is from Stockton and he has served in the Marine Corps. He is also a longtime Raiders fan and a season ticket holder.

The fall was the second such incident at an NFL game on Sunday. In Baltimore, a 48-year-old man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he fell on some stairs at M&T Bank Stadium during the Ravens game against the New York Jets, authorities said.

No updates on the man's condition were available.

Last weekend, two fans were injured in Orchard Park, N.Y., after one fan slid down a railing from the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium during the Buffalo Bills' home game against the Jets. Both were briefly hospitalized and released.

On the NFL's opening day this year, a fan died from a fall off a pedestrian overpass outside Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and two others were injured when a railing collapsed at the Colts game against the Raiders in Indianapolis.
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Oakland ballpark backers tout waterfront site

Imagine AT&T Park flanked by giant shipping cranes - that's pretty much the vision A's boosters have for a 38,000-seat ballpark at the Port of Oakland, just west of Jack London Square.

The $500 million waterfront ballpark is being proposed by a team led by Clorox chairman and CEO Don Knauss and former Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream boss T. Gary Rogers - with the blessing of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.

"It's one of the two sites we promised Major League Baseball we would offer, and it will be available early next year," Quan told us Friday - the other being the current Coliseum site.

"Trust me, Oakland is hot now," Quan said, "and a lot of developers would love that (waterfront) site if it doesn't become a baseball stadium."

The Save the A's effort also includes at least two other prominent figures, development consultant Doug Boxer (son of Sen. Barbara Boxer) and Mike Ghielmetti, whose Signature Development Group wants to turn Oakland's Brooklyn Basin into housing, retail shops and parks.

The idea is to entice A's owners John Fisher and Lew Wolff to join the plan - or, failing that, to get Major League Baseball to see Oakland as a viable spot for a new ballpark and kill the A's hopes of moving to San Jose once and for all.

"The group envisions itself as a caretaker during the period it takes to get the A's to come to the table," said one knowledgeable source, who asked not to be named because of the delicacy of the talks involving MLB.

Team waiting on deck
Our source added that the ballpark backers aren't "looking to jockey for ownership" of the A's. However, if Fisher and Wolff aren't interested in the ballpark idea, we're told, leaders of the stadium effort will form a new ownership team that would be ready to step up to the plate.

The group will soon ask the Port of Oakland to give it control over the 50-acre Howard Terminal site. It says it has raised enough money to start an environmental review and get the regulatory approval process going, and it's come up with drawings of what the stadium might look like.

Project backers say the ballpark requires only 14 acres, leaving ample space for retail development or other uses that would help pay for a stadium, as well as parking.

And though it's too early to say if public money would be required, there has been talk of the port providing the land for the ballpark at nominal cost in hopes of spurring economic activity in the area.

To call Wolff skeptical of the Howard Terminal idea, however, would be an understatement. "It would be easier to build on Treasure Island," he told us.

"All I care about is getting a new home for the A's in the best possible circumstances - and under any circumstances, Howard Terminal would be as close to impossible as anything," Wolff said.

He wasn't willing to give an instant replay of all his objections, but in the past he has pointed to toxic wastes that will require an expensive cleanup and the difficulty of persuading the state to agree to a non-maritime use of the site. Wolff also has noted that the land is tied up in a long-term lease.

But the ballpark group contends that most of Wolff's fears are outdated or wrong.

The last leaseholder, SSA Marine, was recently allowed to bail from Howard Terminal to settle a lawsuit in which the company accused the port of giving a competitor better terms.

That cleared the way for the port to open the property for new bids. It has received three competing maritime-related proposals, but our sources expect the port to find that Howard Terminal is no longer suitable for such uses because they provide limited financial return.

On the other hand, a new stadium drawing more than 2 million fans a year to the waterfront could be the engine needed to help turn around the port's long-struggling Jack London Square and neighboring properties.

"Not only is it the most viable site, but it's also a phenomenal site," one booster said of Howard Terminal.

Convenient location
The site is along the Oakland Estuary's inner harbor, just more than a mile from both BART's West Oakland and 12th Street stations. Ballpark backers think another BART station could be added a couple of blocks from the terminal, along the existing tracks above Fourth Street.

The terminal is also within blocks of Interstates 880 and 980.

Port Commission member Bryan Parker, who is running against Quan for mayor, said the panel is obligated to see whether the terminal can still be used for maritime purposes. But the commission also needs to "look at opportunities - including but not limited to the A's situation - that can be transformative from an economic perspective," he said.

Quan has been pitching a new A's ballpark as part of an ambitious "Coliseum City" complex she envisions on the site of the current Coliseum complex along I-880. Privately, however, the mayor has been talking up the waterfront plan for months - and it's the one idea that seems to be gaining traction.

So, batter up.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matie...out-waterfront-site-5067603.php#photo-5602727
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&r...3IDgCw&usg=AFQjCNEIsZXwr7PbAQhw01E_1WhuQ_Asrw
Owner Mark Davis: Oakland is on its 'last chance' to keep Raiders

The Raiders want a new stadium and if something doesn't happen soon, they might be leaving Oakland. Owner Mark Davis said this week that he wants to stay in the city where his team has been since 1995, but he needs to see some progress as far as stadium planning goes.

An investment group led by the world's third-largest privately held real estate firm, Colony Capital LLC, made headlines in October when they promised to redevelop the coliseum-area into a 'sports and entertainment center.'

"We are very enthusiastic about the opportunity… to develop this unique property, which we expect will become a transformational and vital urban, residential sports and entertainment center for [Oakland]," Colony CEO Thomas J. Barrack, Jr. said in October, via the Oakland Tribune.

If Colony Capital's plans fizzle out though, the Raiders will likely be leaving Oakland.

"I don't want to call it a last-ditch effort, but it does seem to be the last chance that Oakland is going to get," Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We can't continue to play in that stadium, with the baseball field and all of that stuff."

The Raiders lease at O.co Coliseum actually expired after the 2013 season and the team could've looked at moving to another city, but Davis and the Raiders agreed to a one-year extension to stay in Oakland. Davis made the agreement with hopes of seeing the stadium project move forward in 2014.

The Colony Capital deal looked promising when it was announced in October, but almost five months later, Davis hasn't heard anything regarding the project moving forward.

"They brought in Colony Capital and based on that, I decided to go ahead and do a one-year extension with them. But there's been no progress," Davis said. "I had high hopes when Colony Capital came in. I still do have hopes, but they're not as high because I haven't really heard anything positive from either group. It's gone silent again. We have to get something done."

If something doesn't get done, then 2014 could be the Raiders final year in Oakland. However, Davis didn't want to talk about a possible move to another city, "I don't want to talk about using someplace else for leverage," Davis said. "If I get something done in Oakland, I am staying."

The Raiders had a chance to move-in with the 49ers at their new stadium, but Davis decided that wasn't in the best interest of his team. That's a decision he still doesn't regret, "I really believe with the 49ers moving down to Santa Clara, and leaving the San Francisco Bay Area, that it leaves it wide open for someone to say, 'Wow, this is really a good opportunity for Oakland,' Davis said.

Besides the stadium deal, Davis touched on several topics during his lengthy interview with the Chronicle, which you can read here. If you're a Raiders fan, or you just want to read about Davis calling the 2012 Chiefs 'inept,' it's worth a click.
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OAKLAND -- The Port of Oakland is getting behind a plan to build a waterfront baseball stadium for the Oakland A's on the site of a recently abandoned shipping terminal.

Next week, the Board of Port Commissioners is expected to approve entering into exclusive negotiations with a group of prominent local businessmen who want to lay the groundwork for a stadium on the 50-acre site in the hopes that A's ownership or a future team owner will build it.


A's co-owner Lew Wolff has repeatedly said the proposed stadium at Howard Terminal won't pencil out, but that hasn't deterred the port or the business consortium, which includes Clorox CEO Don Knauss, developer Mike Ghielmetti and former Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream CEO T. Gary Rogers.

They sought the one-year agreement and hope to eventually secure an additional two- to three-year option period during which they would work to obtain the necessary permits and perform an estimated $1 million environmental review on the site. For now, the businessmen, operating as Oakland Waterfront Ballpark, LLC, are proposing to deposit $100,000 with the port, half of which could be used for studies such as land appraisals and site surveys.

Wolff has said the terminal, just north of Jack London Square, is too far from BART and would require a costly environmental cleanup. He declined to comment Monday.

Oakland business leaders prefer the port site to the A's current home in East Oakland because a waterfront stadium could spur additional development around Jack London Square and the city center.

The port, whose shipping business is operating well below capacity, is considering new uses for the terminal, which was vacated recently. A ballpark or any nonmaritime-related development still would need approval from state regulators.

The A's, the only Major League Baseball team that still shares its home field with an NFL club, have failed for five years to get permission to move to San Jose, which has a stronger corporate base to help fill luxury suites and premium seating.

The push for a waterfront stadium is seen as part of a strategy by Oakland leaders to persuade MLB that the city has viable stadium options, while pressuring Wolff, and his partner, John J. Fisher, to either build in Oakland or sell the team.

The future of the team's current home remains uncertain. While the A's are seeking a 10-year lease extension at O.co Coliseum, negotiations are continuing with the Oakland Raiders for a new football stadium that could necessitate demolishing the stadium.

Wolff has broached building a temporary stadium should he lose access to the Coliseum when the team's lease expires after the 2015 season.
http://www.mercurynews.com/athletics/ci_25362391/oakland-port-moves-forward-ballpark-plan
Has Wolff ever hinted that he'd sell the team? Really like the above proposal.
http://nfl.si.com/2014/05/22/oaklan...new-stadium-in-11th-hour-ask-for-public-help/
Oakland Raiders say talks for new stadium in 11th hour, ask for public help

Although there was a small renovation in 1995, it’s safe to say the Raiders organization is in dire need of a new venue. However, the team has struggled to make progress on such, despite working on the issue for more than a decade.

Now with the Raiders’ lease set to expire after the season, owner Mark Davis is hopeful the team can put together $400 million for a new stadium but knows time isn’t on its side.

“I would probably say [negotiations are in] the 11th hour,” Davis said. “It’s always the 11th hour because we’ve been waiting a long time on this project. If it doesn’t happen, then we have to start looking at the other options. … We want to stay in Oakland. We want to get something done.”

Those other options are a kind way to suggest relocation would be on the menu, possibly including a move back to Los Angeles as Davis previously hinted.

Davis also didn’t shy away from implying that outside donations may be needed, saying, “[money] has to come [from] somewhere, whether it’s private, public — somewhere.”
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Mark Davis: Lots of talk, no action on a new Oakland stadium

Raiders owner Mark Davis would like a little less conversation and a little more action on a new stadium in Oakland.

Davis says that when he has conversations with Colony Capital, the real estate firm that has been in discussions about a new development that would include a football stadium, those conversations seem positive. And then they don’t go anywhere.

“All the talks we have with them are positive, but there’s no progress after the talks,” Davis said, via CSNBayArea.com.

The Raiders’ current stadium is old and outdated, and a new stadium is probably necessary if the Raiders are going to stay in Oakland much longer. Davis says he wants that to happen, but he isn’t sure if it will.

“Everybody is trying,” Davis said. “Whether it can get done, I don’t know.”

If it doesn’t get done soon, the Raiders may soon be looking for a new city to call home.
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/As-Owner-We-Want-A-New-Stadium-In-Oakland-270412111.html
A's Owner: We Want New Stadium, In Oakland

Lew Wolff says he's ready to build a new baseball stadium in Oakland.


The A's are staying in Oakland -- and they may even stay near the Coliseum in a new ballpark built just for them.

A's owner Lew Wolff said Wednesday he's begun talks with an architect to design a "new venue" for the baseball club -- in Oakland, and on the present-day site of the Coliseum, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The A's will stay in Oakland at least through 2018, under terms of a new lease that was finally ratified on Tuesday.

Negotiating the lease took 15 months of often contentious negotiations, with the threat the entire time that the A's would complete their long-rumored, even-more contentious move to San Jose.

None of that was mentioned Wednesday, when Wolff said that he loves Oakland and will make "the sincerest effort" to build a new ballpark for the A's in Oakland.
www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300000043...trying-everything-to-get-oakland-stadium-deal
Mark Davis: We're trying everything to get Oakland stadium deal

In a phone interview Wednesday, owner Mark Davis said another extension without a firm plan is less than ideal: "What I don't want to do is get caught up in an endless cycle of one-year extensions. Those lease extensions, they tend to give comfort."

What does Davis want? Simply, a new stadium right where the old stadium sits. And a decision soon.

A few days after Davis told the Los Angeles Daily News that Los Angeles would be a "great option" for the Raiders, he told me the paper didn't offer proper context to his remarks. He insists he made clear to the reporter how his main goal is a stadium in Oakland. So just to be clear, he reiterated.

"We are trying everything possible to get something done in Oakland right on the same exact site we're on right now," Davis said. "And I'd say 99 percent of my interests and energy are going towards getting something done there. That's really the crux of it right now. People want to know about the other sites and there are always options. But we want to get something done in Oakland."

A league official deferred to the club when asked to comment.

The political situation is complex in Oakland, and having to deal with the city and the county on all stadium issues makes it more complex. New Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf only adds an unfamiliar face to the mix, though she has begun working to keep the Silver and Black home. Oh, and the A's just signed a new 10-year lease for the stadium the teams share, though Davis points out that their agreement says the A's will leave within two years if the Raiders get a new deal on their site.

As far as how it would work, The San Francisco Chronicle has reported the Raiders would receive the land from the city and county on which the stadium sits in the event of a new stadium, and the Alameda County taxpayers would handle the $120 million still owed for the last construction in the 1990s. Davis adds that "we're not asking for public money" to actually build the stadium.

Instead, the only public investment would be for infrastructure such as improving the BART station at the stadium. Davis said the Raiders would put up half the money, while the land developer would "help fill in the gaps," he said. Part of all of that construction would be a Raiders Hall of Fame.

The next step, according to The Chronicle, is for New City Development LLC to use their 90-day extension of the exclusive negotiating window with the city and try to strike a deal.

"We'll see if anything is live there," Davis said, "and hopefully there is."

What about Los Angeles or San Antonio? Davis said both are "viable" options if Oakland doesn't work out as a permanent home.

"We want to stay here in Oakland," Davis said. "There's other opportunities that would be much more lucrative for us, to be real honest. But we are really trying to get something done in Oakland. We want a stadium the fans and the team can be proud of."
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Plus, designing a new stadium that could be expanded on a temporary or permanent basis would be easy. I'll be very surprised if any new stadium in Oakland becomes a reality, though.
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