By Steve Corkran |RaiderBeat.com Staff Writer
A representative from the NFL is in town today to hear from Raiders and local officials about the status of the Raiders as it pertains to Oakland being the team’s home beyond this season.
Eric Grubman, an NFL executive vice president, met with San Diego Chargers and local officials earlier this week. Today, Grubman is on the ground, eager to hear how the Raiders and local entities intend to produce a new stadium that is projected to cost at least $900 million.
The Raiders are in the midst of a one-year extension on their lease with the Oakland Coliseum. That lease expires at the end of this season.
Owner Mark Davis has said that he wants the Raiders to remain in Oakland but for that to happen he wants a new stadium on the site of the current stadium. In fact, he wants the Coliseum torn down at the end of the 2015 season and work on a new one to begin soon thereafter.
The problem is, Davis and the Raiders aren’t prepared to foot the entire cost for a new stadium. New Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf has made it abundantly clear that she won’t use public funds to bridge the estimated $500 million funding gap.
Hence, Davis has joined forces with the Chargers and talked about the prospect of sharing a new stadium in Carson, California, if neither team is able to get a new stadium.
Where this is headed, no one knows. That’s why Grubman is in Oakland seeking an update in advance of a league meeting Aug. 11 to discuss possible relocation to Los Angeles. The Raiders weren’t invited to give a presentation to NFL owners.
The St. Louis Rams also are interested in moving to Southern California, though their sights are on a stadium in Inglewood.
Update: Grubman declined comment on the meeting when reached by a reporter from the Los Angeles Daily News. One of the things that came out of the meeting is the revelation that Alameda county officials want to sell their stake in the Coliseum complex, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier & Ross. The Coliseum complex contains the venues used by the Raiders, Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors. It makes sense that dealing with one public entity would make it easier for the Raiders and A’s to get a new deal worked out. There’s still the matter of getting the city of Oakland to purchase the stake owned by Alameda county. On it goes.