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Raiders' Mark Davis Says Preference Is To Build New Stadium On Current Coliseum Site
Published September 9, 2013
HOMETOWN KNOWLEDGE: Davis said of the search for a team president to replace former Chief Exec Amy Trask, "I’ve been talking to people ... but I’m leery to do anything before a stadium situation is figured out because I look at it as whoever’s going to be running the business and that’s the revenue side of it, it’s pretty much site-specific in my mind. ... But I think for somebody to deal with corporations in the Bay Area, that’s one person that’s been in the Bay Area for a long time, who knows how to do that. The other teams in the Bay Area have people that have done that very well. So you’d be looking for somebody that knows the Bay Area." He added, "I believe (finance officer) Marc Badain is doing a great job right now, carrying on ... he’s done a phenomenal job" (ESPN.com, 9/7).
HEADING SOUTH? Fox' Terry Bradshaw said of the Raiders, "I don't think they will stay in Oakland, I think they have to move that franchise. I think they've got to go back to Los Angeles." Fox' Curt Menefee added, "I don't know if L.A. wants them right now, that's the question. You've got to get a stadium before you move." Fox' Howie Long: "I think L.A. wants somebody, anyone" ("Fox NFL Sunday," 9/8).
A PLACE TO CALL THEIR OWN: In Oakland, Matthew Artz cited team officials as saying that the Raiders "want to build a football-only stadium at the exact location of the current Coliseum." That would "leave the A's with no home field -- not that the A's, who are still eager to move to San Jose, would mind." A's Owner Lew Wolff said, "We would not inhibit someone from building a brand-new football stadium if that is what they want to do." City and county leaders have "been surprised by the Raiders' stadium site preference and its potential to push the A's out of town." A football-only Raiders stadium "also might not pencil out in Oakland" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 9/8).