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Raiders' Davis: Stadium plan, or sayonara Oakland

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Owner Mark Davis was in position to play hard ball last season, when the Oakland Raiders lease at o.Co Coliseum expired.

The door was open, but Davis extended an olive branch with a new group involved in hopes of progressing toward a new stadium before the start of the 2014 season. To date, his faith goes unrewarded.

"We will play in the Coliseum next year," Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle. "But there's been no progress. I had high hopes when Colony Capital came in. I still do have hopes, but there not as high because I haven't really heard anything positive from either group. It's gone silent again. We have to get something done."

Davis is not yet threatening to move the franchise -- famously the Raiders have moved before, with late father Al Davis at the controls -- and might need to sell controlling, majority interest to push it past the significant wall the NFL could stack up.

But he's not mincing words about the consequences of not progressing toward a stadium the franchsie doesn't share with the Oakland Athletics. With the shiny new billion-dollar stadium going up in Santa Clara -- the 2014 home of the San Francisco 49ers, who shut down Candlestick Park last season -- Davis has some added motivation to act now. Co-tenancy with the 49ers was an option for the Raiders, but Davis turned down that shared set-up, too.

"I don't want to call it a last-ditch effort, but it does seem to be the last chance that Oakland is going to get," Davis said. "We can't continue to play in that stadium, with the baseball field and all of that stuff."

If Davis has a 'Plan B' he is not telling.

"I don't want to talk about using someplace else for leverage. If I get something done in Oakland, I am staying," he said.

The NFL remains interested in having a franchise in Los Angeles, but commissioner Roger Goodell said recently that likelihood is not imminent.

The St. Louis Rams were recently linked to Los Angeles and like the Raiders once called that market home. Rams coach Jeff Fisher downplayed the potential for the Rams to move after this season and intimated the franchise remains hopeful of resolving a standoff to remain at Edward Jones Dome.

Owner E. Stanley Kroenke purchased 65 acres of development property near Los Angeles. Fisher said it's highly likely the billionaire owner has made many more purchases to satisfy his many real-estate investment interests since, and that his acquisitions should've be misconstrued without proper context.

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