The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority discovered through an audit that the Raiders owe the joint powers agency parking revenues from recent seasons, the organization’s spokesman told NBC Sports Bay Area early Wednesday afternoon.
The issue was discussed at a meeting last week. The Coliseum authority is working with the Raiders to resolve the issue. A resolution is expected in time and should not impact the Raiders playing in the Oakland Coliseum in 2017.
The Raiders hold one-year lease options to play at Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and could play another year in the Bay Area while their new stadium is being constructed in Las Vegas. NFL ownership approved the Raiders’ application to relocate from Oakland to Sin City last week by a 31-1 vote.
The Raiders have paid some parking revenues to the authority, but a sum remains outstanding. In an executive director’s report obtained by KTVU, the Coliseum authority has requested parking data from the Raiders over the last four seasons. The Raiders have provided information for the 2016 season, but not the previous three. In the extremely unlikely instance the Raiders default on re-payment to decline to follow guidelines set for a disputed repayment amount, it could impact their upcoming lease options.
“I’m blindsided by it, but the last thing I want to do is get in another fight with the Raiders,” board member and county Supervisor Scott Haggerty said, via KCBS News Radio in San Francisco. “I just want to get through these next two years with the Raiders, and let the fans enjoy a couple more years of football here in Oakland.”