Raiders ‘likely’ to play in Oakland through 2020, Coliseum official says
The Raiders “might likely” play in Oakland through the 2020 season as they wait for their $1.9 billion Las Vegas stadium to be built, a Coliseum official said Monday.
Scott McKibben, executive director of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority — who’s had informal conversations in recent weeks with Raiders President Marc Badain — said the team may need to stay in Oakland longer than anticipated.
“For sure we are talking about a one-year extension and there’s a real likelihood we could be talking about two years,” McKibben said.
The NFL team’s current contract with the authority will last through the 2018 season. Under the agreement, the Raiders pay $3.5 million in rent, and its revenue from parking, concessions, beverages and club dues are split with the public agency. The city and county pay for game-day expenses, such as police overtime and converting the field when the A’s and Raiders seasons overlap.
McKibben said that while there’s no pressure to hammer out a lease
extension, “it’d be to everyone’s benefit” to get it done in the coming months as soon as the Raiders have a better sense of their timetable for construction in Las Vegas.
Clark County officials had wanted the 65,000-seat domed stadium to be built in time for the 2020 season, but local news reports indicate it has run into a number of problems around parking and transportation, a community benefits deal and a joint-use agreement with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
As in the past, negotiations for an extension in Oakland will happen between McKibben and the team’s owners and managers, and any agreement must be approved by the Oakland City Council, Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Coliseum Authority Board of Directors.
But some East Bay officials are less eager than McKibben to keep the team in town.
Oakland Council President Larry Reid, who’s vice chair of the Coliseum Authority, said that he would vote against a lease extension.
“The NFL and the Raiders totally disrespected the city of Oakland and Raiders fans,” he said. “If the Raiders are gone, they’re gone. I don’t want anything to do with them.”
But “given the difficulties they’re having in Vegas,” Reid said, the Coliseum Authority could now be in a better bargaining position to ask for a rent increase or other deals favorable to the city and county.