Oakland mayor shows up late to Raiders stadium meeting with NFL

Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans pose during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The City of Oakland has been dragging its feet on the issue of the Raiders getting a new stadium (the O.co was sold out in its first of eight home dates Sunday) and now it appears that the mayor of the City can’t be bothered to show up to meetings with the NFL on the matter on time.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report on the absence of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan as the Chronicle reported on what was supposed to be a private meeting between the City, Mark Davis and the NFL.

Tafur confirmed that Raiders owner Mark Davis, along with Oakland and Alameda County officials, met at the team headquarters last week to update a delegation from the National Football League on the prospects for a new stadium.

The Chronicle report claimed that the money for the stadium is still not there.

“The fact is that Davis doesn’t have finances like, say, a Jerry Jones (owner of the Dallas Cowboys) to swing a stadium deal on his own,” one person who was at the meeting told the Chronicle’s Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross. “We’d have to ask the voters to help.”

And while no one said it at the meeting, everyone knows the chances of voters helping out with a new stadium deal – while they are still paying off $20 million a year for the 1990s renovation of the old one – are slim to none.

None of the attendees of the private meeting would speak to the Chronicle on the record, but they did divulge that the lack of punctuality from Mayor Quan did not boost spirits amongst the league.

“She arrived 20 minutes late,” said our attendee, Tafur reported. “She apologized, saying she was held up by a phone call.”

Mark Davis wants a modest stadium in the 50, 000 seating range. His lack of personal funds might threaten the proud tradition of the Raiders as it appears more and more likely that the City of Oakland doesn’t want to keep the Raiders (and the A’s) in the East Bay for their loyal fans. If Davis is forced to find a city that is willing to bring the NFL to town, he may be forced to move the Raider Nation for another time.

 

Topics: AFC West, Bay Area, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Stadium News

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  • Tim Martindale

    It’s time to go back to L. A. and get a real stadium this is bull crap one of the most dominant and storied franchises in the world and they can’t get a stadium a 58,000 seat stadium at that.

  • Phil Mokate

    Im sick of watching other teams players wyping dirt off their polished uniforms like Dallas did in the pre-season as if in disgust to play in these conditions! Just move to another city but keep the name Oalkand. I dont hear anything about the Santa Clara 49′rs? Just get it done! Our facilities are a disgrace with tarped seating over a baseball infield. Its a joke!

  • AF AF AF

    LA RAIDERS ONCE AGAIN! Sounds more dominating!

  • Angel Becerra

    Southern Cal. would love to have the Raiders back.

  • Chris Kelley

    Needs to be Oakland, but I’d put San Antonio, TX next. The Raiders and Spurs in the same town. Serious Silver and Black

  • Raider Grant

    Hit Nike up for exclusive title rights too the stadium! I would rather Mark Davis look anywhere for the financing besides getting into bed with the NFL, especially if they want part ownership in Al’s franchise. The NFL has always hated the Raiders & our beloved Al Davis. For Mark to pull off the impossible would begin his legacy as The Raiders owner & be a final tribute to his father! Stay in Oakland!!!

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  • RdrFusion

    Maybe some celebrity stars can pitch in. Like Carlos Santana and Tom Hanks. I believe they’re both Raider’s fans. There has to be others with deep pockets. Like the Williams sisters and Gloria Estefan are part owners of the Miami Dolphins. Either way, always a Raider!

  • RdrFusion

    San Antonio Raiders? UhUh…

  • RdrFusion

    Excellent point!!!

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