- The Oakland Raiders still don’t have a stadium to play in next season
- Things are so uncertain, oddsmakers won’t even include a city with the team name
- The 2019 NFL schedule is released in April, so they have to resolve this matter soon
The football Raiders just need a couch to crash on, yet no one seems particularly thrilled to open their home to them.
It’s understandable why any one person would be apprehensive to have them as their guest: they’re loud, they’re disorganized, and quite honestly, they stink.
Despite being sued by the city of Oakland, the Coliseum is still one of the favored options to host the Raiders for one season before their move to Las Vegas, along with another Bay area stadium.
Odds Where the Raiders Play in 2019
|Venue||Odds at Bovada|
|Anywhere in Arizona||+2200|
|California Memorial Stadium||+3300|
|CEFCU Stadium (San Jose State)||+3300|
|Sam Boyd Stadium||+3300|
|Anywhere in the UK||+3300|
*Odds taken 2/9
Down by the Bay
Despite both stadiums being pretty crappy options, the Coliseum and Levi’s are miles ahead favorites because of the Raiders oft expressed desire to remain in the Bay area.
“I’ve said from the beginning, my biggest concern is our fans, and it’s my hope and preference to remain in the Bay Area (in 2019) for them. The fans have always been first in my heart. We do have other options, but the hope is to remain in the Bay Area next season until we move to Las Vegas in 2020, which I remain very excited about.” – Raiders owner Mark Davis
Well, that desire to stay has really limited their options, because according to to Ian Rappaport, Oracle Park (formerly known as AT&T) is off the table.
Update on the #Raiders stadium situation: #49ers are still not expected to waive their territorial rights for San Francisco, sources say. With the SF Mayor going public against the Raiders playing at Oracle Park, SF is off the table. It’s Oakland or Levi’s Stadium for the Raiders
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 6, 2019
The good thing for the Raiders regarding territorial rights is that Levi’s Stadium is nowhere near San Francisco. The bad news is, fans won’t even travel that far to see the 49ers. Why would they do it to see the someone who is just going to leave?
The Only Realistic Options
As fun as some of these other options sound (seeing a team play an entire season in London would be awesome), there’s only one way this can end: Davis bends over and takes it and the Raiders stay put.
— Larry Beil (@LarryBeilABC7) February 8, 2019
The fact is, it’s too late to begin exploring other options like San Diego or Arizona. That’s the kind of thing he should’ve looked at five months ago.
The other NFL owners aren’t going to take too kindly to Davis showing up at the league meeting in Phoenix on March 24 saying “hey, maybe this could work as a home?”
He’ll stay in the Bay and get a crappy deal one way or the other. I’m guessing it’s at the Coliseum.