Raiders' Davis Wants Team To Stay In Oakland, But Admits L.A. Option Is On His Mind
Raiders Owner Mark Davis is "where he wants to be" in regard to the team staying in Oakland, and he "makes that abundantly clear," according to Tim Kawakami of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Davis is "trying to repair and renovate" the Raiders and O.co Coliseum, "two institutions that have seen much, much better days." Davis "needs a long-term home for his franchise" heading into the Raiders' final year on their most recent lease at Coliseum. Davis said, "What I would like to do is build (a new stadium) right here and start breaking ground tomorrow." Kawakami wrote the "point is this: With stadium free agency beckoning, Davis is setting an unofficial countdown, either to get this done in Oakland or to move on." Kawakami: "We'll see if it jump-starts talks in Oakland, if he keeps to it, and what he might do if the Coliseum redo concept continues to lag. Is the possibility of sharing the 49ers' new Santa Clara stadium starting in 2014 definitely out of the question now?" Davis said, "For me, I would say it probably is." All indications are that Davis "has never been in favor of moving into the 49ers' stadium, despite the NFL's wishes." Davis when asked if the possibility of the team moving to L.A. was on his mind said, "Always. An opportunity for us to get a new stadium is always on my mind. Oakland is first, OK? That's all I can say." The "most likely short-term option, though, is extending the lease in Oakland." Meanwhile, Davis and his mother reportedly "recently bought out a limited partner to lift their stake in the team above" 50% (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/25).