Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority Willing To Negotiate With Raiders For '19
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority Exec Dir Scott McKibben on Thursday said that he would be "willing to negotiate a lease extension with the Raiders" for the '19 season and "beyond at the Coliseum, if necessary," according to Adam Candee of the LAS VEGAS SUN. McKibben said, "Given the right set of economics, the potential for a lease extension for the time the Raiders would like to stay in Oakland is an open door. I can’t underscore enough the fact of ‘given the appropriate economics.’ It will not be the deal that they currently have." Candee notes that "reverses course" on the Oakland authority’s plans from the days "immediately after NFL owners in March approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas" beginning with the '20 season. McKibben plans to "wait until the Raiders know when construction will begin in Las Vegas before discussing whether an extension would cover" only the '19 season or potentially the '20 season as well. The Las Vegas Stadium Authority announced last week that the team’s development agreement "will not be completed until February, an unexpected delay that officials said would not delay construction." If the 30-month construction schedule starts after Thanksgiving as planned and "remains on track, the Raiders would only need a home" for '19. Their current lease expires after the '18 season (LAS VEGAS SUN, 9/15).