The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority is set to meet later this week to discuss the future of the Oakland Raiders in the California city.
The NFL American football team is due to move to a new stadium in Las Vegas in 2020 and is seeking a venue for its final regular-season campaign in California.
The Raiders have seemingly played their last game in Oakland with the December 30 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs. The team last month opted to withdraw a lease proposal to continue playing at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
The authority is now set to meet on Friday to receive an update on whether the team could play in Oakland for another year before it moves to Las Vegas. The Raiders opted to withdraw from the lease proposal after the City of Oakland filed a federal antitrust and breach of contract lawsuit against the NFL, the Raiders and each of the other 31 NFL clubs, claiming compensation for the “cartel” actions that have led to its home franchise relocating to a new stadium in Las Vegas.
The team has been linked to playing 2019 games at the new home of English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur and Oracle Park, home of Major League Baseball team the San Francisco Giants. A groundshare at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, has also been mooted, as has a move to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, former home of the now Los Angeles Chargers.
The Associated Press news agency reported that no Raiders officials will be present at Friday’s meeting. The AP notes that the authority’s executive director, Scott McKibben, has been in contact with Raiders president Marc Badain to inform him that there is a willingness to meet with the team once it has done its due diligence on other sites.
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