Lease extension could be next


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Just Fire Baby

    Just went back to #48 on the last thread and watched most of the city council meeting. A few points:

    -First off, MAJOR, MAJOR Props are in order for our man B, representating at the meeting. You have executives, and consultants going up there and giving prepared speeches, and our boy goes up and knocks it out the park, in what looks like a Raider jersey, and strengthens the Semi-Pro foundation like never before.

    -This 3.5 million is basically just to hire a consultant for the RFP process. Not a commitment of any sorts. These “consultants” could be some hand-picked firm that come in and a month later say “nah, can’t be done.”

    -Nice little speech from Rick Tittle, and LOL at the lady calling him “TIT-ol”

    -Looking at some funding through a redevelopment agency, which are usually revenued through various tax increases (airport and hotel fee’s, rental cars, parking, etc.) that don’t have to be voter approved. The only way to do it these days.

  • Gdog

    Is that the Chefs Gdog?

    No Broncos… http://www.milehighreport.com/2012/2/28/2832090/the-broncos-have-plenty-to-spend-will-they-spend-it

    I bet Manning ends up there. The best team that needs a QB (and no, Tebow is a RB that takes hikes).

  • Gdog

    I love Palmer, but no way did he have anywhere close to the seasons that Manning did the last 5 years.

    A little levity please… he is still one of the top 4 QB’s in the NFL.

    I agree with Cork… Palmer MIGHT crack the top 10 is all.

  • JLofty

    Funny/sick quote from Rockstar:
    Manning is one hit from watching TV sideways for the rest of his life…
    Maybe he won’t even suit up this year…

  • CanuckRaider

    #252: This doesn’t look good. Both teams have a load of cap space and most of the other pieces in place.

  • luvmarvhub

    #11–Won’t happen. And try to tell the area around Oakland, the area from which the A’s have to draw, that Oakland is hospitable and has “beautiful people.” The crime stats scream otherwise.


    If, as the article states, the MLB minutes of decades ago reveal, as the owner of the A’s maintains, that the Strauss family’s precondition for the SF Giants claiming Santa Clara County as their domain was the Giants building a stadium in Santa Clara, then all bets are off:

    “the minutes to that meeting, the A’s statement said, ‘clearly indicate that the Giants were granted’ the territorial rights ‘subject to relocating to the city of Santa Clara.'” That’s where the Giants planned to build their own South Bay ballpark until county voters rejected the plan, which called for tax increases.

    If true, seems the Giants have been playing unfair ball and my guess is that Selig told Wolff, “If you keep quiet about this, we’ll work things out, slowly.” However, it appears recent leaks by someone which suggest the A’s are not going to be allowed to move, have Wolff concerned to the point he is going public with the real agreement.

  • luvmarvhub

    Hate to say it, but if Elway’s ego will accept Manning, it might happen. Manning is the one QB Elway and Fox can get that will shut up the half of Denver fans who won’t stop yelling, “Tebow.”

    I am hoping Elway opts for warmer climes and the NFC, although the only NFC team rumored to be going after him is the Redskins, and WA is hardly in a warm climate.

  • Corporate_Raider

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain:

    You forget one thing about San Jose and the South Bay … Silicon Valley. If Oakland is going to get private investors where is the money? Silicon Valley.

    All the people with money down here do not want to go into deepest darkest Oakland and all the trouble seen there on an almost daily basis.

    Stanford, Atherton, Woodside, Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose, Almaden … all affluent, safe, clean areas.

    Plus great weather in the most populous city in the bay area.

    Good points Sir but your logic is also very flawed.