Following a Federal Anti-trust and Breach of Contract lawsuit filed by the City of Oakland against the Raiders, the NFL, and the league’s owners, the Raiders team’s owner says he won’t re-sign a lease at the Coliseum. So questions remain about where the Raiders will play next season because the team’s Las Vegas stadium won’t be ready until 2020.
“Not downing the City of Oakland or anything and what they’re doing but I can only imagine the economic impact that it’s going to have on that city by them relocating here, so I do get it,” Mary House, a Raiders fan said.
House often visits the Raiders store at Town Square.
“I’m actually going to a Raiders game on the 24th, and I needed some gear to show that I’m a supporter,” House said. “I’m a Raiders fan now that they’re coming to Las Vegas; absolutely.”
The lawsuit filed by Oakland doesn’t target the relocation but instead seeks damages including lost revenue. The city’s decision led the team owner to pull the $7.5 million rent offer to play next season at the Coliseum in Oakland.
So the big question is where are they going to go now?
The Raiders plan on playing in Las Vegas for the 2020 season, but now many are wondering if the new delima will accelerate the timeline for the Raiders coming to Las Vegas.
“Why can’t they come to Vegas and we can make it someplace else,” House asked? “I know it’s not going to be the new stadium but what about Sam Boyd Stadium or something?”
“Somewhere here local so we can start watching them,” added Jerry Koko, a Raiders fan.
The team is considering its options, including playing in other cities for one year.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league needs an answer by January or February for scheduling purposes.