Have the Oakland Raiders been honest with the Raiders fans, the City of Oakland, and the County of Alameda, and the Oakland-Alameda County Joint Powers Authority (the “East Bay Entities” as early legal agreements call them) in dicussions and negotiations regarding a new stadium for the Silver and Black at the Coliseum? Many Raiders fans don’t think so, especially in the wake of word that Raiders Owner Mark Davis said to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole that he wanted a partner ostensibly to help the Raiders build a stadium in Los Angeles, and then asked Cole “do you have one?”
For much of 2015, the Raiders have held talks with the East Bay Entities, all the while working with the San Diego Chargers and the NFL in formation of a pre-development plan toward the construction of a two-team stadium in Carson, California – and, evidence shows, without formally notifying the East Bay Entities of their work and intent while conversations continued. Indeed, Oakland and San Diego got word via the LA Times, and even then, it was clear efforts to build a stadium in Carson had started back in 2014 – Oakland and San Diego didn’t know it, and many were in the dark even after the media announcement.
For example, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf herself was under the impression the Raiders were working exclusively with the East Bay Entities as recently as the month of April of this year 2015. When I informed the Mayor that the NFL, in the form of Executive Vice President for Business Affairs Eric Grubman, said the league would consider a team’s good faith effort to try and get a stadium effort started in what it calls “the home cities” of Oakland, San Diego, and St. Louis, as all that was required before filing permission to relocate to Los Angeles (either Carson or Inglewood), she first asked me “where did you get this from”. I referred her to a link to a media report.
Mayor Schaaf (who is my godsister) was clearly unaware that the Raiders were paying into such things as a promotional video for the Carson stadium, or the economic study the Raiders and Chargers paid for and was released around the same time that Mayor Schaaf was thinking the Raiders were her besties. I can tell you the day Libby officially realized she had been had: June 17th, the night before the NFL Spring Owners Meeting, which was to be held at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco. MORE: http://ift.tt/1VFJvbz