Oakland Raiders Negotiating Lease-Option To Stay In Oakland Coliseum For NFL 2020 Season. In Oakland Coliseum For NFL 2020 Season
Big news from two sources: the Oakland Raiders are negotiating to stay and play at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for the NFL Year 2020 Season. The organization already signed an option to play at the storied stadium in case Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium is not ready in time to host the 2020 NFL Season. As it looks, it’s not going to be and the Raiders are trying to avoid a real problem should they choose to leave the Coliseum on April 1st of 2020, and then discover that their Las Vegas Stadium home’s not ready for prime time.
This might explain why Oakland Raiders Chief Operating Officer Don Webb and legendary Local 872 Laborers Union President Tommy White went on Las Vegas local television with News3 Las Vegas’ TV Anchor Steve Wolford last week. The news they were putting out is that the stadium will be ready and open on time for July 31st 2020.
But that runs counter to the commonly shared expectation, even by Don Webb, that the stadium would be “substantially finished” by that July 31st 2020 date.
The Raiders Reportedly Trying To Reduce $10.5 million Rent For NFL 2020 Season
The Oakland Raiders are, again reportedly to this vlogger, trying to get their rent reduced from the $10.5 million agreement that was struck with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority last year, when the “Coliseum JPA” as its called was ran by Scott McKibben. A credit to the genius of McKibben, the City of Oakland has already profitted from the 2019 rent payments by the Raiders to the tune of over $2 million; an extension for 2020 would give Oakland over $4 million.
Reading between the lines drawn by sources, it would seem that if the Raiders were to stay in Oakland for NFL Season 2020, it would upset Las Vegas-located sponsors and possibly trigger lawsuits that would be tied to the stadium completion lawsuit deadlines. McCarthy, the stadium builder, itself is looking at payments of several million to Clark County if it doesn’t meet its deadlines.
Don Webb has consistently said that the Las Vegas Stadium construction schedule is “agressive” and then took time to ad adjectives to that word on occasion. To suddenly put out a television media offensive complete with a Tommy White interview was, in itself, a signal that something was wrong.
And on that note, even the Oakland Athletics know this talk is happening: they’ve reportedly called around, asking people what they know about the 2020 Coliseum Lease issue.