Davis wants to take Nevada’s money and leave — it’s up to mayor, investors group to give him an offer NFL can’t refuse
The Oakland Raiders, despite losing on Thursday, are in the midst of their best season in years. Which would make the team’s potential departure for Las Vegas that much more devastating to its fans.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has remained resolute throughout the process, even as team owner Mark Davis expresses his desire to go to Las Vegas, that she wants to keep the Silver and Black in the East Bay. On Friday, the city of Oakland and Alameda County announced their plan. It calls for a $1.3 billion stadium built at the Coliseum site, which would also have space left for a new stadium for the Athletics.
The city and county will “have skin in the game,” according to a news release put out Friday, because they would be on the hook for $20 million in infrastructure improvements.
Most importantly, it doesn’t commit any taxpayer money.
“This is the best plan the City and County have ever achieved in attempting to keep the Raiders in Oakland,” councilmember Larry Reid said in the release. “We are offering control of the land, a respected investment team, and no risk to taxpayers in putting this deal together. This shows the public, the Raiders’ ownership and the NFL that there is a viable plan to remain in Oakland.”
The Raiders would still have to commit $200 million to make the stadium a reality, but Davis has already committed as much to the location in Nevada — provided the taxpayers match that contribution.
Oakland and Alameda County officials will vote on the plan on Tuesday. And the Raiders can’t jet for Oakland without the other NFL owners’ approval.
The Raiders belong in Oakland — not as the 14th-most exciting show in Vegas on any given night. Someone has to do the right thing, whether it be Davis in the face of this reasonable proposal or the 31 other team owners who could realize how much more profitable having two teams in this market would be than having one in the desert.