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.”
Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.
Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.
That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.
“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.
“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”
The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.
Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.
The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.
On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.
The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.
The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.
There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.
These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.