So what's the best solution? It might not only be be moving out — it could involve shacking up with a new roommate. Can you imagine the Raiders and Bay Area rival 49ers sharing a stadium? Roger Goodell can.
"Well, we have two pro teams in the Bay Area. Obviously, the stadium issue in Oakland's going to have to be resolved, too," the NFL commissioner said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 49ers' new Levi's Stadium. "We believe a new stadium is appropriate for the Raiders. They have to make that determination whether they're in a new stadium in Oakland or whether they feel that it's best to join this stadium.
"We're working on that, and that's one of the decisions they'll have to make."
Niners CEO Jed York actually is open to the idea of the Raiders sharing the billion-dollar stadium with his team. But his counterpart, Raiders owner Mark Davis, doesn't appear to be too keen on being a renter at someone else's building, a la the arrangement the New York Jets and New York Giants have worked out at MetLife Stadium.
In order to fund Levi's, the league loaned the 49ers the maximum allowed — $200 million — and could be seeking a solid in return. But ultimately, it will come down to Davis' willingness to play across the bay. Whether is this an issue of Davis not wanting his old man Al rolling over in his grave or if he's just digging in his heels for the pride of the franchise is unclear. But the team likely has to explore the option, even if it's temporary.
The Raiders have a few options. They could sign a short-term deal to play at Levi's after this season while they try to work out their issues with their current loamy digs, move in to Levi's full time (which doesn't appear likely) or look to relocate to another city, with Los Angeles almost certainly the destination if that happens.
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