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07:00 AM ET 07.19 | On the surface of things, a Raiders franchise with its own Bay Area stadium would seem to make sense. Unfortunately, after speaking to people well connected in the Bay Area, who know far more about the inner workings of the local economy and political climate, I don't see any way this gets off the ground. Not a Raiders-only stadium. Not a stadium they would share with the Oakland A's. Not a proposal that would add a basketball arena to the complex, either. No, frankly, I'd be quite stunned if all of this isn't dead on arrival. ... The best (only?) real option for the Raiders in the Bay Area would be to strike a deal to be tenants of the York family and share the sparkling new stadium the 49ers are counting down to opening in Santa Clara.

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July 19, 2013  07:12 AM ET

This will not make Al happy. (I don't believe for a second that he is dead.)

July 19, 2013  07:15 AM ET

Not so good on the field either.

July 19, 2013  07:45 AM ET

This sounded like one of the cheapest stadium projects for quite a while. The owners need to **** up and build it. Stop asking host cities for money.

Look, the city of Detroit just declared bankruptcy. California is a budgetary basket case. Getting money from the government these days isn't going to work.

July 19, 2013  07:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This sounded like one of the cheapest stadium projects for quite a while. The owners need to **** up and build it. Stop asking host cities for money.Look, the city of Detroit just declared bankruptcy. California is a budgetary basket case. Getting money from the government these days isn't going to work.

Since when does being broke stop the government from spending your money. They'll find the right back room deal and it will get done, or they will move back to LA.

July 19, 2013  07:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This sounded like one of the cheapest stadium projects for quite a while. The owners need to **** up and build it. Stop asking host cities for money.Look, the city of Detroit just declared bankruptcy. California is a budgetary basket case. Getting money from the government these days isn't going to work.

The cheapest stadium project ever was Schaeffer Stadium back in the day. What a dump that was!

July 19, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Don't they have a big sink hole in Oakland that they could scrape out and use?

July 19, 2013  08:05 AM ET
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Don't they have a big sink hole in Oakland that they could scrape out and use?

I thought they already were...

July 19, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Maybe they're afraid of how Darth Raider and his minions would "break in" a new stadium.

July 19, 2013  08:12 AM ET
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Since when does being broke stop the government from spending your money. They'll find the right back room deal and it will get done, or they will move back to LA.

I think they should move to Anchorage,Alaska.

July 19, 2013  08:27 AM ET

The Chargers had better hurry up and move to L.A. before the Raiders do.

July 19, 2013  08:28 AM ET

It is not that hard to do. The league steps in, tells squire Davis we will front money ( they have it and get it cheap from banks special rates), you pay it all back over 20 years, lo9wer your bottom line and you can stay in Oakland. Or, you are on your own, and luck with that to ya.

There may be an opening for you to move to St. Louis in a short time. thin about it.

July 19, 2013  08:30 AM ET
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Don't they have a big sink hole in Oakland that they could scrape out and use?

I think the Coliseum sits in it.

July 19, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Or the other option would be to use Cal Memorial Stadium, It was totally rebuilt and had has a state of the art training facility. It seats more people than the 49ers new stadium.

The 49ers new stadium is going to be all tricked out in Red and Gold with a splash of Levi Blue, so I agree with all of those people that say Al Davis would never stand for that. If I were Jed York I wouldn't want the Raiders trashing my new stadium. But if the rental fee is high enough maybe they won't mind.

July 19, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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Or the other option would be to use Cal Memorial Stadium, It was totally rebuilt and had has a state of the art training facility. It seats more people than the 49ers new stadium. The 49ers new stadium is going to be all tricked out in Red and Gold with a splash of Levi Blue, so I agree with all of those people that say Al Davis would never stand for that. If I were Jed York I wouldn't want the Raiders trashing my new stadium. But if the rental fee is high enough maybe they won't mind.

Exactly. Was thinking maybe the answer is to partner with a local college that has a facility you like, put some of your money into those suites that the whole thing is about and it becomes win win for both of you.

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July 19, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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Or the other option would be to use Cal Memorial Stadium, It was totally rebuilt and had has a state of the art training facility. It seats more people than the 49ers new stadium. The 49ers new stadium is going to be all tricked out in Red and Gold with a splash of Levi Blue, so I agree with all of those people that say Al Davis would never stand for that. If I were Jed York I wouldn't want the Raiders trashing my new stadium. But if the rental fee is high enough maybe they won't mind.

The other nice option for using the Cal Memorial Stadium is that the Raiders could then give students a discount, and maybe they could sell out all their seats. Then as the City of Oakland starts feeling the pinch of losing the Warriors and Raiders and possibly the A's then they will get off their rear ends and work with the NFL and MLB to get something done.

I think Oakland should be the home of the 2024 Olympics, when it is over the Raiders could use the Olympic stadium.

July 19, 2013  09:09 AM ET

Or, they could try to build a football team with a winning record.

July 19, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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The other nice option for using the Cal Memorial Stadium is that the Raiders could then give students a discount, and maybe they could sell out all their seats. Then as the City of Oakland starts feeling the pinch of losing the Warriors and Raiders and possibly the A's then they will get off their rear ends and work with the NFL and MLB to get something done. I think Oakland should be the home of the 2024 Olympics, when it is over the Raiders could use the Olympic stadium.

So, the solution to a city and state with no money to build an $800M stadium is to sink trillions into a two week event? Which congressional district are you representing, congressman?

July 19, 2013  09:20 AM ET

I know I sound like a broken record but if you can afford a professional sports team in the big four (NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL) then you damn sure ought to be able to afford your own stadium. If not, sell it to someone who can. The fans support you by paying outrageous ticket prices. You've got corporate & luxury box income, merchandise income, concession & parking money, Television and radio contracts, etc. If you can't make it work and make money at it, then you have no business being in the game. (sure, pun intended) STOP ASKING THE GENERAL TAXPAYER BASE TO PAY FOR YOUR COMPANY.

 
July 19, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Oakland moved to LA before . That didn't work out so Raiders moved back to Oakland. the Rams left LA and went to St. L. Its obvious LA does not support NFL football. Even in Dodger Stadium a lot of people show up about 2nd or 3rd inning and leave around the 6th or 7th inning .

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