Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle sat down with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis on Sunday, and just got around last night to posting the bit of the interview where he talked about Davis’s plans for where the team will make its home in the future. Short version: He wants it to be in Oakland, but says talks have “gone silent” and he’s running out of patience.
This one-year extension is really based on the hope that Colony Capital can get something done. 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. We can’t continue to play in that stadium, with the baseball field and all of that stuff. The A’s have two years left, and are talking about a 10-year extension. We can’t keep getting pushed off, off, off, off …
And if nothing happens with this “last chance,” then what?
I wouldn’t talk about Plan Bs or anything like that. I don’t want to talk about using someplace else for leverage. If I get something done in Oakland, I am staying.
To his credit, Davis does genuinely seem to want to work something out in Oakland (if only because his other options aren’t great), and specifically mentions Concord and Dublin as two sites that probably wouldn’t work for the team. Less to his credit, he still seems to be trying to threaten Oakland into approving a new stadium for him ASAP, even without saying what he’s threatening to do if his demands aren’t met. “It’s all tough stuff,” Davis tells Tafur; I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes, except for the part where those shoes come with a $300 million check from the public if he’s successful, and just with owning an $825 million NFL franchise that he inherited from his dad if he’s not.