The San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier and Ross have a paywalled article up about the Oakland Raiders‘ proposed Oakland stadium deal, but you can pretty much get the gist from the first, unpaywalled paragraph:
The deal to build the Raiders a new stadium in Oakland “is gurgling blood” — the only question being when it’s going to be declared dead, according to one Coliseum official close to the talks.
This is not at all a surprise, given that Raiders owner Mark Davis has been looking for something like $670 million worth of free land and infrastructure, and Oakland’s current elected officials haven’t been inclined to hand it over. (It doesn’t help that the guy supposedly brokering a deal has mostly been mouthing off about how the NFL should butt out, but the money is the real problem.) Now it sounds like things have completely broken down — I’m not clear on whether Davis even offered a bid for the stadium land like Mayor Libby Schaaf requested back in January — which really isn’t much different from talks not being broken down but nobody knowing how to pay for anything, except that one sounds marginally less bad.
This would all seem to argue for the Raiders moving to a new stadium in Carson soon, except that that plan requires the San Diego Chargers to go along with it as well, and they’re awaiting a counteroffer from San Diego this week. Plus, a Carson stadium has its own problems — even the mayor of Carson isn’t totally convinced the teams are serious about building it. It’s all gamesmanship at this point, in other words, so best not to take any statements too seriously, even if “gurgling blood” is pretty dramatic.