Here’s what you missed this week, or rather what I missed, or rather what I saw at the time but left till Friday because there are only so many hours in the week, man:
- The Oakland Raiders are negotiating with the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority for a lease extension that would let them play in Oakland through 2020, despite a Las Vegas stadium being in the works to open that year. Which makes sense for the Raiders — they need to be sure of a place to play even if there are stadium construction delays — but for Oakland’s sake I hope the authority drives a hard bargain with Raiders owner Mark Davis, because if you’re going to charge through the nose on stadium rent, negotiating with a team that has literally nowhere else to go when you have no real incentive to want them to stay on a lame-duck deal is exactly the time to do it.
- The Los Angeles Rams are on pace to set a new record for the biggest ever season-to-season attendance drop for a team that didn’t move to a new stadium, and Fivethirtyeight thinks maybe it’s because people are going to see Chargers games instead. I’d go with “honeymoon wore off fast after the team went 4-12,” but either way it ain’t pretty.
- The city of Boise is considering spending between $33 million and $45 million on a minor-league baseball stadium for the Class A Boise Hawks that could also host soccer and it’d have other private development around it and generate “$1 billion worth of investment,” according to a study by Convention, Sports, & Leisure, which somehow keeps getting hired to study these things. No word yet on Boise seeking an MLS team to play there, but you just know that’s coming.
- Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is set to announce Monday a plan for an MLS stadium that she says relies on “private-public” financing, because “public-private” puts too much emphasis on the public part, and she doesn’t want you thinking about that, even though she hasn’t released any actual details yet of how much the public would be on the hook for. This isn’t going to make the Deadspin writers any happier, Mayor Barry.
- As promised, the New York Islanders and NYC F.C. both submitted bids yesterday for land near Belmont Park that they’d like to build an arena on, though neither the teams nor the state Empire State Development Corporation that solicited the bids would provide any details. (I asked.) NYC F.C. is also still looking at sites in Queens and the Bronx, and Nassau County also wants the Belmont site for that Amazon headquarters that every local government in the nation thinks it’s going to land, though given Chris Christie has started the bidding at $5 billion in tax breaks, suddenly a hockey arena or soccer stadium sounds fiscally responsible by comparison.
- Here’s an article on how Moline, Illinois changing the name of its arena from the iWireless Center to the TaxSlayer Center will help the city get big-name concerts because the new name “makes it sound a little more big time.” You’re welcome.