The Oakland Raiders together with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority recently had a meeting of the minds agreeing to a one-year extension last month that also keeps the relationship in somewhat of a truce/ holding pattern for a time. The deal includes an additional two years of Raider options to remain using the stadium after the 2016 season.
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority gave final approval of the lease agreement at a meeting this past Friday. the contract is now scheduled to make its way over to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Oakland City Council for their grand blaessing.
According to one Scott McKibben, the executive director of the Coliseum authority, the substantial rent increase is to cover things such as increased costs for game day security and other factors. What factors you might wonder? Who knows.
He continued to provide additional insights like "We're more or less trying to pass along some of these (costs) to the Raiders which is not unlike any other NFL team. McKibben continues in his "detailed explanation"... “I spent a lot of time visiting with a lot of other NFL teams and this has been customary throughout the league. And quite honestly at the end of the day the Raiders were very cooperative with us on that."
Well the bottom line is that if the Raiders have been “quite cooperative” then it’s difficult to question the deal. but we havent heard from the Raiders organization yet so well see.
So although some NFL team moves seem to be moving along- to an extent- there is still a sense that all is floating around in cloud of uncertainty. To date the St. Louis Rams were given the official go ahead in January by the National Football League to make their long reported eforts to move to the Los Angeles market a reality. Additionally the San Diego Chargers also have a santioned option approved by the NFL to join the Rams L.A. in a new stadium to be completed several years from now in Inglewood, California.
The Oakland Raiders remain in a the perverbial holding pattern for now but will most likely continue their quest to find a new home beyond the 2016 season but for some reason must wait until after the San Diego Chargers make up their minds for sure about whether not they will accept to share a new Los Angeles home field with the Rams.
So for now the Oakland Raiders chief Mark Davis will go on to again contemplate his team’s future status in the context of moving to another city. One scenario being explored and loosely thrown around in the media is a stadium in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sands Corp. apparently put forth a proposal for a $1 billion domed stadium project relatively close to UNLV- located between the Vegas airport and the Vegas Strip. Mark Davis got together with Sands chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson regarding the matter this past January. for now we wait but there is certainly more to come....