Raider to lead NFL in miles traveled

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Raider to lead NFL in miles traveled

By the 2012 seasons end, the Raiders will certainly be inthe frequent flyers club.The Silver and Black will lead the NFL in total milestraveled for the upcoming season, according to calculations by Grantland.com.The Raiders will travel 28,700 miles as the crow flies toget to and from their eight road games. Five trips to the Eastern Time Zonetack on the miles for Oakland, including lengthytrips to Miami, Pittsburghand Carolina.Those long road trips could make for a rough road record forthe Raiders. Even with private jets and five-star hotels, teams that have totravel long distances have fared poorly in recent NFL history. Over the past15 seasons, teams that have flown 2000 or more miles have won just 39.8 percentof their games.That stat should give plenty of fodder for complaints frommembers of the NFC and AFC West divisions who routinely top the league indistance traveled. The 49ers led the NFL with 29,112 round-trip miles traveledlast season, although they mitigated that high number to some extent by stayingin Ohio between playing the Bengals and theEagles rather than fly back to San Francisco just to travel back east a few days later.After taking out those saved miles, the 49ers total traveldistance was second-most to the Seattle Seahawks. San Francisco and Seattlehave held the title for the longest distance traveled in seven of the past 10seasons. The Raiders and the Chargers took the other three.Niners and Raiders fans can aim their gripes at the AFCNorth teams, which have regularly received the most-favorable a.k.a. shortesttravel schedules. The Steelers, for example, flew just 5,682 miles round-tripin 2008 and played 15 of their 16 games in the Eastern Time Zone. Nine of the10 shortest travel schedules from the past decade came from the AFC North.If its any consolation to Raiders fans discouraged by theirchallenging travel schedule, the 49ers had to travel to five games in theEastern Time Zone including a playoff game and four more in the CentralTime Zone in 1998. They averaged more than 4,000 miles per road trip. San Francisco stillmanaged to go 12-4 that season before falling in a divisional playoff game.

Colin Becht is an intern with CSNBayArea.com and a senior at Northwestern University

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”