Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Takeo Spikes (second from right) is held back by teammates as he argues with referee John Parry (center, white cap) after being ejected during the second quarter as Oakland Raiders guard Cooper Carlisle (66) looks on at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders exploring Monday night date for Week 5 Chargers game at Coliseum

The Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders have been popping up together a lot lately. With the A’s September push to the playoffs causing grief for the Coliseum roommates.

Oakland’s Week 5 duel with the Chargers might be pushed back because of it.

Because the A’s will most likely be in the MLB postseason at that time, the Raiders are contemplating three options, according to a team official: swapping home games with the Chargers, meaning Oakland would play in San Diego on Oct. 6 and the return game would instead be in Oakland on Dec. 22, a potential move first reported by PFT; keeping the Oct. 6 home date against the Chargers but moving the kickoff time to early evening; or delaying the game one day and making it a Monday night affair at the Coliseum. ESPN’s Paul Guiterrez reports.
“All are options at this time,” the Raiders official said to Guiterrez.

A decision has to be made within two weeks of Oct. 6 as a rule, the A’s might not cooperate as their regular season finale is not until Sept. 29. The MLB and the NFL seem to have communication issues on these things with the Baltimore Orioles pushing the Ravens out of their home opener (and their Super Bowl celebrations) not too long ago.

If the A’s finish as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the American League playoff bracket, they would play host to a division series Game 2 at the Coliseum on Oct. 5.  Assuming that game would be a late first pitch

If the A’s are lower than a No. 2 seed in their playoffs, a potential conflict is avoided since they would play host to Game 3 of their division series on Oct. 7. Something that is unlikely given that the A’s are on the verge of locking up the AL West over the Texas Rangers.

If the games are swapped, the Raiders would then close out their season with three straight home games, against Kansas City (Dec. 15), San Diego (Dec. 22) and Denver (Dec. 29). A tradeoff that would be an advantage come the end of the season.

A late start or a push back to Monday night seem like the best option for all parties. Seeing the high number of tweets from Raider Nation members travelling to watch the hot ticket Chargers game and the nature of the Chargers-Raiders rivalry, it would be the right thing to do to ensure that those fans who have already purchased tickets aren’t left in the cold.

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