ORLANDO, Fla. — Mark Davis, owner of the
That's interesting. But if words translated into actions, the L.A. market would have landed an
At the league's annual meetings Monday, Davis said his patience is wearing thin over
"I need to know we've got a deal," said Davis, whose team shares its stadium with the A's, meaning the Raiders have a dirt infield at home for half their season. "We can't continue to play on a baseball field. We just can't do it. We can't continually be pushed, pushed, pushed. 'We're going to try this, we're going to try that…' The group that they have in there now is credible to me. If they want to get something done, they can. But they have to work with the city."
NFL owners voted Monday to approve a one-year extension of the Raiders' lease at the Coliseum, meaning that deal will expire after the upcoming season.
Forget about the notion of the Raiders sharing a home with the
"The problem was, when they started building it, if we'd have gone with them then we'd have been abandoning Oakland," Davis said. "The whole time, I've been up and up with everybody that I'm negotiating in good faith. So I couldn't be involved with the 49ers and still be doing it good faith, and using that as leverage or anything else.
"By the time the 49ers finished their building — and you've got to give them credit for getting something done in California — it's a 49er building. It's like the
But if a deal doesn't come together in Oakland, Davis said he is open to moving. He said he has met over the years with Southern California developer Ed Roski and
"That's probably the best place to put a stadium," Mark Davis said. "If they use the racecourse land and everything else, it's absolutely the perfect place to do it."
But just because Davis says the clock is ticking on Oakland, and doesn't deny eyeing L.A., doesn't mean he can start packing the moving vans.
No one will get an open layup when it comes to L.A., and the
Relocating a franchise with the blessing of the league — and that blessing is essential to secure financing help from the NFL and
You can bet that any team that conceivably would be damaged by such a move — a.k.a. the Chargers — would be working hard to assemble those nine votes.
Two months ago,
The Rams, like the Raiders, can get out of their lease after the season. The Chargers are year to year at
For Davis, the situation is growing increasingly bleak in Oakland. He has respect for Colony Capital, the developer involved in the Coliseum City project, so he's willing to give the city a bit more time, but his arms are crossed and his foot is tapping.
Frustrated as he is, Davis could be in for a long wait.