Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf has steadfastly fought the Raiders from leaving the East Bay since owner Mark Davis started signaling his intentions.
According to a report by NBC Bay Area, she’ll be presenting a framework to keep the team that has already been approved to the Alameda Board of Supervisors and Oakland City Council.
“The mayor said this a.m. there is a framework that that has been agreed upon and now in closed session today [county] and closed session on Nov. 29 [city council]. Both bodies will review so we know if we can move forward,” the mayor’s office told NBC Bay Area.
It should be noted that building a new stadium wouldn’t guarantee the Raiders staying in The Town, but the fight to keep them from bolting for Las Vegas wages on.
The matter is tentatively scheduled to be voted upon by NFL owners in January. Right now, Oakland and Vegas are jockeying to have the best pitch to Davis and his owners when that time comes.
The whole matter remains wholly undetermined as Jerry Jones, a major NFL power broker, said he supports the Raiders relocating, while commissioner Roger Goodell would reportedly like to keep two teams in the lucrative Bay Area market.
Several other prominent figures in Oakland — like Draymond Green and former Raiders great Lincoln Kennedy — expressed their dismay about a potential move. But it will ultimately come down to how good of a proposal Schaaf and the Ronnie Lott-led group can materialize, and if that’s enough to sway Davis from hundreds of millions of taxpayer money pledged by Sheldon Adelson’s group in the desert.
The team has options for two more years to stay in the Oakland Coliseum after this season.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are shaping into one of the best teams in the NFL. They beat the Houston Texans with a fourth-quarter flurry on Monday night in Mexico City.Libby SchaafMark DavisOaklandOakland RaidersRonnie Lott