The Oakland Raiders American football franchise will not relocate to Las Vegas until 2020, despite uncertainty over the team’s future at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in California.
The Raiders had not been due to move to the Nevada city in 2020, but the team’s lease for its current home at the Coliseum expires after the NFL 2018 season.
A new $1.8bn (£1.38bn/€1.56bn) 65,000-capacity stadium will not be ready to host Raiders games until 2020.
Talks are ongoing with Oakland officials in an effort to extend the lease for the 2019 campaign, but the two sides are yet to reach a deal.
The situation has been complicated by Oakland threatening to file an anti-trust lawsuit against the Raiders.
Reports had suggested the Raiders could temporarily play at the University of Las Vegas’ (UNLV) Sam Boyd Stadium should the team decide to leave Oakland earlier than the 2020 date.
However, a person familiar with the situation this week told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the team will not be playing at the UNLV facility.
The Review Journal also said that the team is seeking alternative contingency sites, but none of these are located in Las Vegas.
According to CBS, the Raiders have made contact about playing at Levi’s Stadium, the home of NFL rival the San Francisco 49ers. However, it is thought that the 49ers are not keen on sharing the venue.
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