NFL will defer to Raiders on Oakland stadium pursuit

I’ve been getting a lot of questions this morning about a story in the San Francisco Chronicle suggesting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is making calls to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf “pushing the idea of letting a predominantly African American investment group, led by former 49ers star Ronnie Lott, help build a new stadium for the Raiders in Oakland.”

You can read the story here.

Before getting into the league’s involvement in this – and my league sources made it very clear as recently as this morning they will defer to the Raiders on their Oakland stadium pursuit – the Raiders position on Lott’s group or any other group is secondary at this point to the various obstacles impeding a stadium deal in Oakland.

As it relates specifically to Lott and his team, the fairest and most accurate way to put it upon canvassing the Raiders is this: The Raiders have tremendous respect for Lott as an NFL icon and former Raiders player, but from their perspective the issues in Oakland as it relates to land use and the long-term lease the Oakland A’s have at the Oakland Coliseum are far more pressing and pertinent in securing a stadium deal than identifying a potential developer or investor to help bridge any funding gap.

The Raiders can’t move forward in Oakland – with Lott or anyone else – until the city of Oakland and the County of Alameda provide clarity on usage and cost of the 120 acres the Raiders wish to use for stadiums for themselves and the A’s.

Which is why the Raiders have turned their attention to Las Vegas, where they have made a commitment to relocate if Nevada approves funding on a proposed stadium.

As far as the commissioner making calls on Lott’s behalf, upon doing some poking around, I think it’s a bit ambitious to conclude Goodell is making calls urging Mayor Schaaf to support a group led by Lott for the reasons described. Or that the commissioner is backing any particular Oakland plan – let alone one without the current support of the Raiders.

The league’s advice to Oakland has always been – and continues to be – to remain open to the interests of the community, including developers, but to place the Raiders at the center of any proposal.

The league is very clear – and I check in on this periodically, including today – they will defer to the Raiders on their Oakland stadium pursuit. It’s the Raiders call to determine and figure out whether there is a viable proposal to pursue.

And as a league source indicated this morning, the NFL is abundantly transparent on that stance.

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  • So in other words, there’s nothing Ronnie Lott can do to sway things back towards Oakland? {{-_-}}

  • HENDO RAIDER

    JUST MOVE BABY! THE SILVER & BLACK STATE WILL WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS. LAS VEGAS RAIDER NATION!

  • Joseph Jackson

    I suggest folks to read into what Mayor Goodman said last week.She’s not happy about the hotel tax hike for a stadium from what sources have told me that $500 million that Mark Davis said he will front towards a stadium is not all true.First and foremost Mark Davis ain’t got $500 million to his name so let’s get that straight.Second,only $100 million out of the $500 million will only go towards the stadium itself.The rest will go towards a practice facility,HQ,etc.If you people think Mark Davis has been negotiating in”good faith” with the city of Oakland then you are a lot dumber then I first thought.From my understanding he has been making overtures towards Vegas since December of last year and that was before the owners meetings in Houston.Do your research folks.There are 7 unions in Vegas that oppose this deal because the convention centers are their bread and butter.As much as I live Vegas,Vegas is not a sports town.40 something on the media market,the highest high school drop out rate in the country,2nd city in the world for sex trafficking,and they pay the lowest wage to it’s workers.As much as I want them to stay in Oakland I would prefer them to go back to LA then be in Vegas cause they are a California team.I know there are people including the person who wrote this report don’t like Oakland and hey that’s fine But I bet when it’s all said and done the Raiders will be in Oakland now and forever.I just don’t see Vegas tax payers paying more then what an NFL owner is paying.One thing I will say about those big wigs in Vegas.They sure are stingy with their money.There is a lot more then what’s being said so I will just leave it at that.

    • TrollPunisher

      You have NO clue what you are talking about. First off it has to pass Nevada legislation and Mark Davis has already committed the 500 million. So he has the money..Oakland is dysfunctional and said multiple times they won’t pay money to keep the Raiders. If Vegas does then Raiders are moving and it will work

  • TrollPunisher

    San Francisco Chronicle collapsed under pressure from The Raiders Daily who was pounding them all day on the radio and online Monday when they that story out.. Eventually SF Chronicle had to re do the story with Libby Schaaf basically saying what The Raiders Daily was saying all day yesterday that is NOTHING CAN HAPPEN UNLESS MARK DAVIS AND RAIDERS APPROVE THE PLAN.. Huge win for The Raiders Daily.. Vic Tafur must be hiding somewhere crying

  • dmoas

    The A’s are a red herring in this. Their lease has language in it that lets the city/county out of their deal in favor of a new Raiders’ stadium. This is *all* about funding. Period. The Raiders can’t afford their end of it.