The Oakland Raiders’ home game plans for 2019 remain very much in limbo as the team prepares for a move to Las Vegas in 2020. But while several doors have been closed to the Raiders, a new one appears to have opened at the very spot they’ve been trying to leave.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are engaging in “real, constructive dialogue” with the Oakland Coliseum Authority to extend their stay for 2019. The news follows a recent interview between Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in which he revealed that the Raiders and the Coliseum are working on a deal for 2019.
“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 Gehlken. “In my view, the discussions have been meaningful and productive.”
The Raiders’ lease at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expired on Wednesday. The team had been in Oakland since 1995 after spending the previous 14 years in Los Angeles.
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Even if the talks do go well, it seems like it will be a while before we have any real clarity on where the Raiders will play in 2019.
Only one of their home games has been determined so far – an International Series game against the Chicago Bears in London.
The site for the Raiders’ other seven home games remain a mystery.