Las Vegas Raiders

Oakland Coliseum authority open to housing Raiders beyond 2018

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Oakland Coliseum authority open to housing Raiders beyond 2018

The Raiders would prefer to delay their move to Las Vegas until a new stadium is complete. That venue’s opening day is currently scheduled for 2020.

They hold a one-year lease option at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in 2018. They’ll exercise that.

The Raiders don’t have a home locked down for 2019 yet, though remaining in the Bay Area is preferred. Right where they’re currently playing, in fact.

It takes two to tango, and the Oakland Coliseum board would have to agree to another lease.

While it wasn’t always the case, Joint Powers Authority chairman Scott McKibben is now open to the idea. That includes 2019 and beyond, should the Las Vegas stadium construction be delayed.

“I believe that given the right set of economics, the potential for a lease extension for the time the Raiders would like to stay in Oakland is an open door,” McKibben told the Las Vegas Sun on Thursday. “I can’t underscore enough the fact of ‘given the appropriate economics.’ It will not be the deal that they currently have.”

The Raiders currently pay $3.5 million in rent, an amount roughly three times higher than the previous lease agreement. McKibben said in March the Oakland Coliseum operates Raiders games at a loss. At that time, he wasn’t interested in another lease extension.

Some things have changed at the Coliseum site since. Major League Baseball’s Athletics, who currently share the Coliseum, are focusing stadium efforts on a site near Laney College. They don’t estimate opening a new venue until 2023 but, at this time, wouldn’t need to build another venue on the Coliseum site.

McKibben told the Las Vegas Sun he’ll have a meaningful negotiation with the Raiders once Las Vegas stadium begins and the NFL’s teams are clear.

Not a hazard: FAA clears plan for proposed Raiders stadium in Las Vegas

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Not a hazard: FAA clears plan for proposed Raiders stadium in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The Federal Aviation Administration has determined that the Oakland Raiders' proposed stadium in Las Vegas would not be a hazard to aircraft.

The federal agency's decision announced Tuesday clears the way for officials in Nevada's Clark County to consider approving construction permits.

County officials are expected to consider zoning permits at a Wednesday meeting.

The FAA last month issued a notice requesting public comments on the proposed 65,000-seat stadium. It later cut the five-week public comment period by three weeks. The change allowed the $1.9 billion project to stay on schedule.

The agency's review of the project concerned the stadium's proposed 225-foot height.

The Raiders want to play in Las Vegas in 2020. Their ambitious construction timeline for the partly tax-funded stadium calls for some site work to begin by December.

If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin

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If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin

So Las Vegas’ army of legal books are in a moderate panic because they are so overexposed with Conor McGregor bets. Apparently, other than the Maloof brothers, they can’t scare up any Mayweather money at all.

Maybe this is the secret reason Mark Davis has declared publicly that the Raiders intend to colonize Los Angeles.

The latest evidence of the books’ distress is this Big Lead headline, which subtly hints, “Vegas Sportsbooks Are Exposed Like Never Before, Will Be Decimated if Conor McGregor Beats Floyd Mayweather.”

Well, if McGregor wins (and you’ll have to tell me about it because I’d rather watch feet sweat in the noonday sun than this), gambling in Vegas apparently will not exist any longer because the sporting apocalypse will finally be upon us. And if there is no gambling in Vegas, there is no Vegas, and all of a sudden the Raiders are moving to a town whose mayor is an iguana and whose chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds.

Hence, Davis’ answer to a question from Los Angeles Daily News writer Vincent Bonsignore about how L.A. has always been a Raiders’ town and that the team will get lots of its fans from the basin – fans who apparently cannot stomach either the Rams or the Chargers.

Ignoring Davis’ folly of answering that question that way at this time, when the NFL itself is wondering if, for its financial purposes, the mayor of L.A. is an iguana and the chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds, this news reminds us that the league has managed in less than two years to ruin the second-largest market in the United States by dithering, by backroom deals, by aversion of money spent by “the wrong kind of people” (see “brown”). That level of chaos is to be appreciated and enjoyed for what it is – nature’s way of telling rich people who’s boss.

Now, if nature doubles down and figures a way to make McGregor win and break Vegas, maybe the entire down isn’t destroyed but instead becomes a colony of Ireland, where the prime minister is not an iguana but a human, and the closest thing to tumbleweeds is a Guinness brewery.

Maybe if that happens, the Raiders end up playing in Dublin instead (a delightful little asterisk since there was a perfectly good Dublin not far from Oakland to begin with) – and they spend their entire time complaining that they have to share Croke Park and that there are too many markings on the field from all those damned hurling matches.

Of course this isn’t likely to happen, and Vegas keeps taking all the McGregor money you can throw at it. But one of these times, and sooner than we think, the apocalypse is not going to take no for an answer, and you will see Mark Davis with a pipe stuck bowl downward in his mouth standing next to a pot of gold.

Which of course will belong to the Bank Of America, because there are some things even the apocalypse can’t beat.