Are the Raiders going to stay put in the Bay Area in the long run? Conflicting reports have emerged with several insiders speculating that a solution can be reached between the Raiders ownership and the NFL.
Even as the city of Las Vegas and its mayor have rolled out the red carpet for the illustrious franchise, there is a “growing sense” within civic leaders in Oakland that the NFL doesn’t wish the Raiders to move homes, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
La Canfora’s report came just a week after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that Oakland fans don’t deserve to lose their beloved Raiders.
Goodell on Raiders leaving Oakland again: "No market should lose their team once let alone twice. I believe there's a solution in Oakland."
— Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) September 18, 2016
Raiders owner Mark Davis has been very successful in his pursuit of securing public funding for a new stadium in Las Vegas that would host the three-time Super Bowl champions.
However, the CBS Sports report added that NFL executive Eric Grubman’s recent visit to Oakland has possibly changed the franchise’s stance towards staying in the Bay Area.
Raiders facing tough task
Remember, Davis would have to get a minimum of 23 votes (from NFL owners) to move forward with his plans.
“While Davis remains focused on Vegas, the NFL is very much focused on Oakland and building a new stadium in the vicinity of the decrepit Coliseum the Raiders currently inhabit,” wrote La Canfora.
The CBS report also quoted an NFL source as saying that the league will go to any extent to ensure the team doesn’t move for the second time since 1994.
“The municipalities in play (in Oakland) believe the NFL is very sincere about being willing to make the Raiders stay in Oakland if it needs to. That’s the distinct impression they are getting from the league,” said the source.
Mark Davis and the Raiders ownership are seeking a sum of $750 million to build a new stadium in Las Vegas. During the summer, it was almost a foregone conclusion that move will take place within the next few years.
But there are owners in the NFL who view Oakland as the best possible market for the Raiders.