Oakland Raiders, NFL Won’t Relocate to Los Angeles in 2015


Nov 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans tailgate while holding signs the read “Stay in Oakland” before the NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Big news surrounding the NFL’s potential relocation to Los Angeles and the future of the Oakland Raiders next season came to the surface as Roger Goodell has informed teams that showed interest in a potential move that the league will not sign off on a relocation in 2015 which means that the Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers all will likely be staying in their current homes for another year.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter made the report that Goodell has told teams that there will be no move to Los Angeles for 2015 after months of speculation surrounding the issue as the three teams with roots to Southern California in one way or another will not be able to move in quick fashion to the second biggest market in the United States. Something that should have been expected as the relocation process for the NFL will not be an instant one over a single offseason.

The news is huge for Oakland fans who will at the very least likely get one final season in the city or in a best case scenario finally get a new stadium deal in place for owner Mark Davis to keep the team in their home for the majority of franchise history. With the City of Oakland strong on their stance to not open up taxpayer money to get a deal done, the search for a private investor into a new sports venue is one of the keys for any stadium deal, but this report buys time to keep Oakland fans confident that the Raiders will be able to stay in their home longterm.