Jul 8, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics all-stars from left to right third baseman Josh Donaldson (20), catcher Derek Norris (36), left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52), starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29), starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26), relief pitcher Sean Doolittle (62) and first baseman Brandon Moss (37) holding their jerseys before the game against the San Francisco Giants at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: My take on the latest stadium drama


Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis dreams of a new stadium for his team. All of Raider Nation has the same dreams. Those dreams are in the hands of people who can’t afford to build it, i.e. public officials. The Oakland City Council and all city offices involved are in the middle of a vote to approve a new 10 year lease for the Oakland A’s at O.co Coliseum. The thought is that this lease, as currently constructed, kills any Raiders stadium and Coliseum City. The truth is somewhere in the middle.

Ultimately the underlying issue is money. The A’s currently get all concession revenue from O.co Coliseum. And I do mean all. That includes Raider games and other events at O.co, all the concession revenue is pocketed by the A’s. They are not interested in relinquishing any power with regard to any new stadium arrangement. The A’s believe they can build their own privately funded baseball only stadium on the current O.co site. Lew has publicly stated he will not be a tenant in any new A’s stadium deal. They want to be owner and operator, which is pretty close to their current deal now.

I think the solution is Coliseum City, but with a twist. Split the project up. The A’s can privately fund their own stadium, on land they lease from the City or Colony Capital. Similar to how the plan is to sell the rights to develop shopping and hotels around the two stadiums, as part of Coliseum City.

This to me, seems to make the most sense. It allows Lew Wolff to fund and run his own development. It would relieve some of the financial burden for Coliseum City.  It would allow the Raiders, NFL and Colony Capital to focus on funding the construction of the Al Davis Memorial Coliseum presented by Puma.

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  • Ray

    It will most likely end up being a move to Dublin or Concord. Just too many bureaucratic entanglements in Oakland and Lew Wolff doesn’t give a damn about the Raiders. Still, both are better options than anywhere else outside of Oakland.

  • B Christopher

    Raider Nation is huge in Southern California. As sad as it may be for the fans of Oakland, I believe the best move is to the area around the fair grounds in LA County. Centrally located between LA/OC & Inland Empire, it makes perfect sense. Right smack in the middle of millions of Raider Fans!!!

  • Aiden Kruskov

    I can’t believe that the City of Oakland is bending over backwards for a guy (Wolff) who has publicly stated its his intention to ultimately leave Oakland. This lease deal is one last ditch effort to force the Raiders out of town. If that happens, then he’ll have the run of the place. If it doesn’t, then he will leave. Ironically, I forsee 5 years from now the Raiders will be elsewhere (LA, Portland, Vegas, wherever) and the As will be building a new stadium.
    In San Jose.
    The city is setting themselves up for complete failure.

  • Bob

    Nike Stadium – Just Do It

  • JohnLincolnHawk

    Even tho the Raiders haven’t had a winning season in a decade, they do have 3 Super Bowl Championships and will get better. Give them there stadium!

  • Raider Grant

    Like the sound of that, especially if it’s in the heart of the 503 ! Long live Raider Nation

  • Brian Gochezzi

    from a economic standpoint , it makes more sense to do something with the A’s first being that they play 81 games in Oakland and the Raiders play 8 games. I think the Raiders are heading back to LA. The writing is on the wall. I t would be interesting to see what the city of Oakland would do if the Raiders move else where since the Oakland tax payers funded MT Davis and are still on the hook for it for $180 million left.

  • Ray

    On the other hand, maybe I’m wrong.

  • Bob

    Dublin wants to turn the military property into housing and retail (what else). Between the last two Mayors wanting to cover every square inch with housing and retail, it probably won’t happen in Dublin.