Jason La Canfora reports that the Raiders have begun talks with Bay Area authorities about extending their time in Oakland beyond 2019 now that they’re facing the possibility of having to play more than three years outside of Nevada.
“They’re talking about adding on at least one more year in Oakland,” said one league source.
According to La Canfora, there are concerns that stadium construction on the Raiders’ Las Vegas stadium will not be able to start and finish on time. Beyond that, there are also some issues to be sorted out with UNLV, who will also share the stadium. La Canfora says that both of these concerns are holding up the formal completion of all paperwork that would free ownership to begin tapping into the $750 million in publicly funded money being used to largely finance the complex.
As for staying in Oakland and playing in the Coliseum, La Canfora reports that the Commission in Oakland is open to an extension.
Some had wondered if the Raiders may have to consider playing at a different temporary location while the stadium is built, but I’m sure their preference would be to remain in Oakland for as long as needed.
We’ll have more regarding the Raiders as the news is available.