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Raiders To Stay In Oakland For 2019 After City Council Approves Coliseum Lease

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Oakland City Council voted Thursday morning to extend the Raider’s lease agreement for this season with an option for the 2021 season, according to city officials.

The vote was cast during a special council meeting at City Hall Thursday morning a press release from council member Rebecca Kaplan said.

The approval by the Oakland City Council comes after Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the lease agreement on Tuesday.

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority commissioners had already approved the lease deal with a unanimous vote on Friday.

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The National Football League had imposed a March 24 deadline for the Raiders to find a place to play their home games this fall.

The Raiders plan to move to Las Vegas in the near future but a new football stadium that’s being built for them there won’t be ready until the fall of 2020 at the earliest.

The Coliseum Authority and the Raiders had reached a tentative agreement for a new lease late last year but it fell apart after the city filed a federal breach of contract lawsuit in December against the Raiders and the National Football League for the move to Las Vegas.

Many fans feared that the Raiders’ game against Denver last Dec. 24 would be the team’s final game in Oakland and the team explored the possibility of playing this fall at other venues outside and inside the Bay Area, including Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and Oracle Park in San Francisco.

However, nothing materialized so the Raiders resumed negotiating with the Coliseum Authority. Scott McKibben, the authority’s executive director, said after the authority’s board meeting on Friday that the lease agreement calls for the rent the Raiders pay to the authority to increase by $4 million this year, from $3.5 million to $7.5 million.

McKibben said if the new stadium in Las Vegas isn’t ready by the fall of 2020 and the Raiders need to play in Oakland for a second additional season the rent will increase even more, to $10.5 million.

McKibben said the agreement also calls for the city and county to get all the revenue from the naming rights to the Coliseum if the authority finds a new sponsor for the stadium and for a cap on game-day expenses, which he said can be costly.

“When [Raiders owner] Mark Davis took the deal off the table I told him to look at other options if he wanted but to remember us,” McKibben said. “They did their window shopping but they realized they had a good deal here,” even if the new lease is less favorable to the Raiders than previous leases.

The new lease agreement has no impact on the current lawsuit the city of Oakland is pursuing against the Raiders and the NFL over the move to Las Vegas.

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Vegas-Bound Raiders Spending Big For Final Season In Oakland

ALAMEDA (CBS SF / AP) — Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock were invited by Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis for an event in Las Vegas last week, a year before the team’s planned move to Sin City.

The Raiders coach and general manager were set for a night on the town with their wives when those plans got altered with the news that the NFL’s most prolific receiver, Antonio Brown, was available from Pittsburgh.

Just 24 hours later, Mayock had completed his first major move since leaving his old role as television draft analyst to join an NFL front office and all those plans the Raiders had made were overturned.

“The wild card was all of a sudden understanding that this guy might be available,” Mayock said this week. “That was the wild card. That was not in our free agent planning. When all of a sudden we realized we might have an opportunity to compete for his services, it changed everything.”

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The Raiders seemed poised for a rebuilding year after dealing away foundation pieces Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper last year in trades that netted three additional first-round picks the next two years. But the trade for Brown set them up to begin a spending spree that the Raiders hope can make them a contender in their final season in Oakland before the move to the desert.

The Raiders also gave big-ticket deals to free agent tackle Trent Brown, safety Lamarcus Joyner and receiver Tyrell Williams and have committed more than $200 million in contracts just six months after trading Mack to Chicago because they didn’t want to give him a mega-contract as the highest-paid defensive player in football.

“We’ve gotten better, we have some resources in the draft that can continue that process and as I’ve said all along, I don’t think you can rush this,” Gruden said. “You have to do what you deem is right. Players don’t become available all the time. You can’t make all the necessary improvements. It takes a little bit of time. But we’re confident that we’re heading in the right direction.”

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At least the Raiders now appear to be moving forward after taking a significant step back in Gruden’s first season. The team never recovered from the deal reached a week before the opener that sent Mack to the Bears for a package that included two first-round picks after he held out in search of a lucrative long-term contract the Raiders weren’t willing to offer.

After starting last season 1-5, Gruden then sent Cooper to Dallas for another first-round pick and the rebuild was on. Oakland finished 4-12 just two seasons after breaking through with 12 wins and the team’s only playoff berth since 2002.

Plenty of holes remain on the roster even after this week’s big spending spree with the most glaring being at pass rusher where Mack has yet to be replaced. Oakland has only one edge rusher under contract for 2019 in Arden Key, who had just one sack as a rookie.

The Raiders finished with a league-low 13 sacks last season — 17 fewer than the next-worst team. Oakland still would like to find an edge rusher in free agency and also figures to target that position the draft when the team has picks No. 4, 24, 27 and 35 in the first two rounds.

Mayock and Gruden also are looking for more help in the secondary, a playmaking linebacker, and possible help on offense at tight end, running back and guard.

Filling all those holes in the draft and the end of free agency seems far-fetched, but getting a good start on the task will give the fans in Oakland a more desirable product to watch this season and create excitement in Las Vegas for the team’s planned arrival in 2020.

“There is a lot of history here, so I definitely wanted to come and be a part of the history and I also wanted to be a part of new beginnings,” said Joyner, who was attracted by the move. “Hopefully we do a lot of great things this year and make Nevada even more excited to have us.”

The Raiders hope the move to Las Vegas, where they will play in a fancy new stadium rather than the rundown Coliseum and have a more modern facility, will make the team a wanted destination for free agents in the future.

A recent poll of agents by Sports Illustrated’s “The MMQB” listed Oakland as the second-least desirable team to join in free agency, ahead of only the Buffalo Bills, but that figures to change next season with the lack of a state tax in Nevada only making the location more desirable for players.

But those factors won’t be as important in the future as Gruden and Mayock hitting on the draft picks to replenish the roster and make the team a contender once again.

“I think the reason for me wanting to come here was to advance to Nevada with coach Gruden,” Joyner said. “I have come into contact with him throughout my career and he has always expressed to me how highly he thought of me as a player. When it comes to the state income taxes and stuff, that’s the kind of conversations you have with your wife and your kids, but that didn’t have anything to play into me wanting to join this great organization.”

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Oakland Coliseum Authority Approves Raiders 2019 Season Lease

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority on Friday voted unanimously on a lease deal with the Raiders for the 2019 NFL season.

According to officials, the deal would raise the team’s rent about $4 million to $7.5 million for 2019, in what is widely expected to be the team’s last season in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas. The deal has an option for a second year, at $10.5 million.

While the Coliseum Authority have signed off on the deal, approval from the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

More details to come.

Raiders Reportedly Reach Deal To Play 2019 Season At Coliseum

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Following weeks of speculation over where they would play home games in 2019, the Raiders have reportedly reached an agreement with the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Authority to play one final season before moving to Las Vegas.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the two sides are working out final details on a deal and that it could be presented to officials as soon as Friday.

The report comes nearly two weeks after the stadium authority and the team resumed discussions on a stadium deal for 2019.

Amid a lawsuit filed by the City of Oakland over the Raiders 2020 move to Las Vegas, the team had been looking at other venues as a temporary home for the upcoming season.

Oracle Park in San Francisco had been rumored as the Raiders’ temporary home in 2019, but Mayor London Breed expressed opposition, and the 49ers, who have territorial rights to San Francisco, indicated they would not waive them.

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, as well as venues in San Diego and even London, have also been rumored as possible temporary homes for the Raiders.

Coliseum Authority: ‘Productive’ Talks With Raiders For 2019 Stadium Lease

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – After weeks of uncertainty over the Raiders potential home stadium in 2019 season, the franchise has reportedly resumed negotiations with the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Authority.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, executive director Scott McKibben of the authority said both sides are negotiating.

“I will confirm that we, late last week, started sitting down and talking with the Raiders about the potential of a 2019 season deal,” McKibben told the newspaper, adding that the discussions are “meaningful and productive.”

McKibben said both sides resumed talks after the Super Bowl and that a $7.5 million lease for the 2019 season was still in play.

With the Raiders current lease at the Coliseum expiring, the team has been exploring numerous options for a temporary home after the City of Oakland filed an antitrust suit over their impending move to Las Vegas.

Oracle Park in San Francisco had been rumored as the Raiders’ temporary home in 2019, but Mayor London Breed expressed opposition, and the 49ers, who have territorial rights to San Francisco, indicated they would not waive them.

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, as well as venues in San Diego and even London, have also been rumored as possible temporary homes for the Raiders.

On Tuesday, two other cities, Birmingham, Alabama and Tucson, Arizona have reportedly teamed up to jointly host the Raiders in 2019 if a deal is not reached.

Team owner Mark Davis and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have both stated they would prefer seeing the Raiders play one more season in the Bay Area before the Las Vegas stadium opens in 2020.

Goodell Hopes Raiders Stay In Bay Area For 2019 Season

ATLANTA (CBS SF / AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says San Diego is not an option for the Raiders next season, and that the hope is they will stay in the Bay Area for one more year.

The team is headed to Las Vegas for 2020, but litigation between the team and the city of Oakland has potentially left the Raiders without a home for next year.

At a news conference ahead of Super Bowl XLIII in Atlanta, Goodell said Raiders owner Mark Davis is taking the lead on the issue, but offered no specifics as to where the team might play.

“As far as timing, the key thing about timing is our schedule. We need to make a schedule, obviously, for the 2019 season. And the sooner the better for us,” the commissioner said.

Several locations in the Bay Area have been floated as potential alternative homes if no resolution is reached in Oakland, including the recently renamed Oracle Park in San Francisco and Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. London has even surfaced as a possible home.

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Raiders Hire Draft Analyst Mike Mayock As General Manager

ALAMEDA (CBS SF / AP) — Raiders coach Jon Gruden found another former television analyst to help him on his rebuild of the team.

The Raiders hired former NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock as their new general manager on Monday.

Gruden had been searching for a general manager after the team fired Reggie McKenzie earlier in a 4-12 season that ended with a 35-3 loss to Kansas City on Sunday. It was an underwhelming return to the sideline for Gruden, who got a 10-year, $100 million contract to return for a second stint in Oakland after spending nine seasons as an analyst at ESPN.

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Gruden inherited McKenzie, who won the 2016 NFL executive of the year award for his rebuilding job after the death of late owner Al Davis in 2011. The pairing didn’t work as Gruden frequently criticized McKenzie’s recent drafts and got rid of many of those players.

Now the Raiders are hoping for a better working relationship between Gruden and Mayock, who was widely respected as a draft analyst since 2006 but now will be responsible for helping to make the picks.

Mayock has no experience in an NFL front office but will work with Gruden on upgrading a scouting and personnel department that struggled to find impact players in recent years.

New Raiders GM Mike Mayock sits next to coach Jon Gruden during a news conference on December 31, 2018. (CBS)

New Raiders GM Mike Mayock sits next to coach Jon Gruden during a news conference on December 31, 2018. (CBS)

The Raiders will have three first-round picks in April’s draft. Oakland has its own pick, which will be fourth in the draft, as well as first-rounders from Chicago and Dallas, which will be in the bottom 12 picks in the first round.

The new GM spoke with the Bay Area sports media on Monday afternoon, sitting alongside Gruden and principle Raiders owner Mark Davis.

“The last 15 years, I think I’ve tried to be the GM for all 32 teams,” said Mayock at the press conference. “I think I’m sound and used to evaluating all different kinds of players and all kinds of different positions for every team in the league. What I don’t have is the every day backup as far as the mechanics of running a team. But I’ve been in all 32 building for the last 15 years.”

“Mayock’s addition is a huge, huge day for Raider nation,” said Gruden. “And I want to just put an exclamation point on how excited I am. He’ll prove his worth quickly.”

Oakland acquired those picks by dealing McKenzie’s best two first-round picks from his seven-year tenure in Oakland. Star pass rusher Khalil Mack was traded to the Bears before the season for a package that included two first-round picks following a contract holdout, and receiver Amari Cooper was dealt during the season to the Cowboys for a 2019 first-rounder.

Only 11 players drafted by McKenzie from 2012 to 2017 remain under contract with the Raiders, led by quarterback Derek Carr and right guard Gabe Jackson from the 2014 class, and 2016 first-round safety Karl Joseph and 2017 first-round cornerback Gareon Conley.

The Raiders will have plenty of holes to fill this offseason following another disappointing campaign. Oakland has just one winning season in the past 16 years, going 12-4 under Jack Del Rio in 2016.

But otherwise the team has experienced nothing but losing, posting the second-worst record in the NFL since the start of the 2003 season.

This season was up there with some of the worst in that stretch. The Raiders allowed their most points (467) in a season since 1961 and set marks for franchise worsts in sacks (13) and yards per play allowed (6.27) as the absence of an impact pass rusher like Mack was felt all season.

The offense had its own problems as a line featuring rookie tackles Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker for most of the season failed to protect Carr. Oakland allowed 52 sacks, its most since 2006, and Carr often struggled to find the time to get the ball downfield.

While Carr showed some signs of improvement late in the season as he grew more comfortable in Gruden’s system, the offense lacked playmakers on the outside and a game-breaking running back.

The Raiders were barely competitive for much of the season, losing nine games by at least 14 points, tied for the most lopsided losses in the NFL since New England had 10 in 1990.

Oakland was outscored by 177 points on the season, the second-worst mark in the NFL to Arizona.

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Raiders Reportedly Mulling 2019 Home Games In London

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – With the Raiders without a home next season ahead of their move to Las Vegas, a British newspaper is reporting that the team is looking at playing their 2019 home games in London.

According to the Daily Mail, the team is reportedly in talks with Tottenham Hotspur of English Premier League about playing all eight of their home games next season at their new soccer stadium, which will be completed in early 2019.

The 60,000-seat stadium was designed to host NFL games along with soccer, with an artificial turf field placed underneath a retractable grass pitch that Tottenham will use for its matches.

The Raiders had already been slated to play one 2019 game in London and had played at Wembley Stadium back in October.

Along with London, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Diego have been rumored as possible temporary homes for the Raiders, who declined an offer to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019 after the City of Oakland sued the team and the NFL.

Meanwhile, the team’s new stadium in Las Vegas is not expected to be complete until 2020.

The Raiders, who ended their season Sunday with a loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, has not commented on the Daily Mail report.

 

Henderson Nevada Considers Offer of Cheap Land for Raiders Training Facility

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The City Council in Henderson, Nevada, is scheduled Tuesday to consider offering land at a discounted price to the Oakland Raiders for a new headquarters and practice site when the NFL team makes its expected move to Las Vegas.

A resolution for the sale of 55 acres (22 hectares) of vacant land near the Henderson Executive Airport puts the sales price at $6 million, half of the $12 appraised value.

If the council votes Tuesday in favor of the sale, a second vote for final approval would be conducted in February.

The Raiders’ stadium broke ground in November. The $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium is scheduled to open in July 2020.

Nevada law allows cities to public property to be sold for economic development at discounted rates.

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Raiders Break Ground At Las Vegas Stadium Site

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After years of planning, dealing and getting millions in public financing approved, Oakland Raiders officials broke ground Monday on a 65,000-seat domed stadium in Las Vegas, across the freeway from the city’s world-famous casinos.

The Governor of Nevada joined Raiders owner Mark Davis and the NFL commissioner for the event early Monday evening.

They each wore silver Raiders hard hats and used shovels with the Raiders emblem to scoop up some dirt.

The ceremony opened up with a stirring performance of the song “Rise Up.”

The performance was to pay tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Davis opened up his speech by acknowledging the tragedy and emergency responders.

“All the first responders, emergency health care workers and local citizens worked together to bring safety to a situation that without team work could have resulted in chaos,” said Davis. “The Raiders are proud and honored to be joining such a special team.”

Comedian George Lopez hosted the event.

Contractors will be working under an ambitious timeline as the team wants to kick off the 2020 season at the new stadium. But the Raiders have yet to reach crucial agreements for the $1.9 billion project and now stand to lose millions under the tax reform bill House Republicans unveiled earlier this month.

The Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas was a plan years in the making that began when NFL owners shot down their plans to move to Los Angeles. Shortly after, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson announced his interest in helping build a domed stadium on the UNLV campus that could be shared by a professional team and the school.

Lobbying began, and the Nevada Legislature approved a tax increase to contribute $750 million to the project. Adelson later withdrew his multimillion-dollar pledge from the project, and the Raiders chose a different site for the stadium.

UNLV and the Raiders will still share the stadium, but the joint-use agreement is pending.

So is an agreement that is meant to ensure the greatest possible participation by the local community in the design, construction and operation of the stadium. The agreement, known as the “community benefits plan,” has been the subject of public debate during meetings of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board, the public entity responsible for overseeing the stadium. A draft the team presented during a board meeting last week requires that minority and female workers carry out at least 38 percent of construction work hours and 55 percent of operation hours on event days.

While Raiders Executive Vice President Dan Ventrelle described the proposed agreement as the most aggressive ever for a stadium project, board members expressed concerns over the hiring targets.

The financing plan for the Raiders stadium includes $750 million in publicly issued tax-exempt bonds. The Raiders and the NFL are expected to contribute $500 million to the project, while the team has also secured a $600 million loan from Bank of America for construction.

But the tax-exempt bonds are now at risk. The GOP tax reform bill released last week would bar state and local governments from issuing tax-exempt bonds for stadium construction, a common feature of stadium deals over the past two decades.

A study on stadium subsidies released last year by the Brookings Institution found that the federal government has subsidized stadium construction to the tune of $3.2 billion since 2000. The staff contracted by the stadium authority has estimated that the bill could cost the public board $3 million a year.

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