Raiders Likely To Play In Oakland Through '20 Season As Team Waits For Vegas Stadium
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority Exec Dir Scott McKibben said the Raiders “might likely” play in Oakland through the '20 season as they wait for their $1.8B Las Vegas stadium to be built, according to Kimberly Veklerov of the S.F. CHRONICLE. McKibben added that the team "may need to stay in Oakland longer than anticipated." McKibben: "We are talking about a one-year extension and there’s a real likelihood we could be talking about two years." Veklerov notes the team’s current contract with the authority runs through the '18 season. McKibben said that while there is "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." 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 BOD (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/26). CBSSPORTS.com's Jason La Canfora noted there are "concerns that stadium construction will not be able to start -- and finish -- on time in Las Vegas, and the Raiders are also still sorting out issues with UNLV" (CBSSPORTS.com, 9/24).