The writing appears to be on the wall for the Oakland Raiders with the city of Oakland seemingly having another agenda rather than keeping the team in the East Bay.
Owner Mark Davis has been doing everything within his power to keep the storied NFL franchise in Oakland moving forward, but it doesn’t seem to be a viable option at this point in time with the city simply unable to afford to help the team stay.
Last week, Davis met with Oakland, Alameda and NFL officials to provide an update about the prospect of a new stadium in Oakland.
Unfortunately, the Mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan, didn’t make a point of it to arrive on time. Quan didn’t arrive until 20 minutes after the meeting with the NFL began basically making many believe that keeping the Raiders in Oakland is not a high priority via Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle:
People at the meeting – none of whom would speak on the record, because the session was supposed to be private – say their efforts to convince the NFL that there’s still hope in the East Bay weren’t boosted by the tardy entrance of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.
“She arrived 20 minutes late,” said our attendee. “She apologized, saying she was held up by a phone call.”
With Davis needing additional funds from the city to stay in Oakland, the prospect of the team potentially moving back to Los Angeles appears to be more and more likely. Davis simply doesn’t have the finances to singlehandedly keep the team in the Bay Area and as a result the Raiders could be on the move after this season.
The current lease for O.co Coliseum expires at the end of the current NFL season making these meetings and discussions about the immediate future of the franchise that much more important moving forward.