ALAMEDA, Calif. — First there may be an motion — legally talking — after which a response. And now we wait to see what occurs because the Oakland Raiders dwelling area for 2019 is up within the air greater than ever.
The Metropolis of Oakland filed an antitrust lawsuit Tuesday in opposition to the Raiders, the NFL and all different golf equipment relating to the franchise’s future transfer to Las Vegas. On Wednesday, the Raiders struck again.
On the NFL homeowners assembly in Dallas, Raiders CEO Marc Badain stated the workforce’s $7.5 million lease provide for the 2019 season was rescinded, leaving doubtful the place the workforce will play subsequent yr earlier than transferring to Las Vegas in 2020.
“We should not have a solution on the place we will play subsequent yr,” Badain stated. “We now have numerous choices, and when we have now a solution, we’ll share it with you.”
Within the meantime, Raiders coach Jon Gruden is attempting to remain centered on the subsequent sport — which is Sunday in Cincinnati — after an upset win vs. the rival Pittsburgh Steelers this previous weekend.
“It is at all times one thing daily right here, is not it?,” Gruden stated. “I wish to play in Oakland and I am actual delicate such as you would anticipate. It is the place I wish to play. Let’s have a look at what occurs.”
Regardless, Raiders proprietor Mark Davis indicated that “all choices are open,” and included enjoying in Oakland as a type of choices. Different websites being talked about — with various levels of plausibility — embody San Diego, Santa Clara, San Antonio and someplace in Nevada.
Curiously, Davis says he has an emotional attachment to the followers in Oakland.
“Emotionally, I do not wish to pay for my very own lawsuit, however for the followers, it is one thing I’ve bought to consider,” he stated.
Nonetheless, Davis is not precisely rolling over. He informed ESPN the swimsuit was “meritless and malicious,” including, “My feeling is we’re 3-10 and we’re nonetheless related.”
Beforehand, Davis stated, “Emotionally, I might say, why give them $Three million, $four million, $5 million in lease that they will flip round and sue me. However on the identical time, if they will have us, I will not activate the followers. I am unable to do it … but when in reality this does get ugly, and cannot be bridged, we do have choices.”
This all provides new life to the concept the Raiders’ Christmas Eve matchup in opposition to the Denver Broncos could be the workforce’s final in Oakland.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league should know the Raiders’ intentions by early 2019 so the league can work out the 2019 schedule, which is normally revealed in March.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr weighed in by saying he has an attachment to the Coliseum, the place a sloppy area aided a win over Pittsburgh on Sunday when the Steelers’ kicker slipped whereas making an attempt what would have been a game-winning, 40-yard area objective.
“I’ve spent 5 years enjoying in that stadium,” Carr stated. “We now have folks speaking trash about it and no matter they need, however I adore it. It is ours. It has been enjoyable. The truth that it might be the final one is loopy.”