League News: Raiders owner Mark Davis is keeping “all options open” for stadiums to play in for the 2019 season.
The city of Oakland filed a lawsuit against the Raiders, the other 31 franchises and the NFL concerning the team’s announced move to Las Vegas in 2020.
In result, it leaves the Raiders searching for a stadium to use next year.
Raiders president Marc Badain announced that they pulled their $7.5 million offer to the city of Oakland for use of the Oakland Coliseum for next season.
With that being said, Badain and Davis are still not ruling out Oakland as a possible option and plan to consider several other stadiums. “We do not have any answer on where we’re going to play next year,” Badain said. “We made an offer of $7.5 million in rent to the city, and that’s now off the table. We have a number of options, and when we have an answer we’ll share it with you.” Davis repeatedly declared “all options are open” when asked about various cities, including San Diego, Oakland, Santa Clara, San Antonio and Nevada.
Davis did mention a reluctance to play on the turf in San Antonio’s Alamodome. “I’m not really a fan of that,” Davis said, “but, again, I’m not ruling anything out. I’m just giving you my opinion.” “I’ve got two words for the lawsuit, and I used them the other day,” Davis said. “One is meritless and the other the attorneys will understand, and it’s malicious. I’ll leave it at, and I’ll let the attorneys do all the work.” For scheduling purposes, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league needs an answer by “early January or February.” “I know Mark has expressed that he’d like to be in Oakland,” Goodell said. - 8 hours ago