The Oakland Raiders need a new stadium to play in and the NFL knows it. So concerned with Oakland’s current stadium issues is the league office that a secret meeting was held last week to determine options for the Raiders going forward.
According to a report Mark Davis, Amy Trask, league officials, the mayor of Oakland a various other city officials held a private meeting to discuss what can be done to get the Raiders into a new venue. Among the options on the table are a complete rebuild of the Coliseum complex, the ill-fated idea of having the Raiders and 9ers share a stadium…oh and there is always the dueling stadium bids in Los Angeles to fall back on as well.
What is unknown is whether or not the NFL is willing to pony up a nice chunk of change to aid in getting the silver and black into a more suitable stadium arrangement. The league cut a $200-million check to the 49ers in their efforts to move to Santa Clara. Another $300-million was given to the Jets and Giants during their shared stadium venture. So it would only make sense for the league to do the same for the Raiders…that’s if they want them to remain in Oakland.
There is no doubt the league would love to get back into the L.A. market and no other team would have an immediate impact quite like the Raiders. Aside from the previous venture into L.A. there remains a very large fan base in Southern California that would welcome the Raiders with open arms.
Of course that would require Mark Davis to be willing to relocate. And depending on the terms of the competing bids in Los Angeles it could also mean Davis giving up a portion of the team which seems highly unlikely.
So what should me make of this none-too-secret meeting? For the moment this really means nothing. It just shows that the Bay Area stadium situation is on the league’s radar. However in the coming months you can expect there to be plenty of momentum as the stadium bids in L.A. advance and as the 9ers draw closer to their moving date.