By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 12:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.
It’s encouraging that the Oakland City Council has approved $3.5 million toward efforts to redevelop the Coliseum complex in an effort to keep the Raiders, A’s and Warriors at home, as reported in Wednesday’s Bay Area News Group publications.
That’s a long, long way from it actually happening, however. Keep in mind the Raiders lease is set to expire next year. If the Raiders are truly interested in seeing how the city’s plan plays out, they’ll get an extension on the current lease and announce it at some point in the near future.
Raiders owner Mark Davis is on the record as wanting a stadium deal “sooner rather than later” and CEO Amy Trask has made it clear the Raiders’ first choice is at its current site because of its superior access in terms of public transportation.
Although the Raiders are often thrown into the Santa Clara mix, the 49ers appear on the verge of getting that deal done themselves and the only way it would happen as if the franchises truly needed it each other for it to come to fruition.