Oakland Raiders: Is A Move To Los Angeles Possible?

For the Oakland Raiders, a new stadium has been on the agenda for decades. Al Davis moved the team twice to get a better venue. As it happens, the city of Oakland has promised the Raiders more than has been delivered. The Raiders–their financial situation precarious, their hope of public funding for a new stadium dwindling–have to decide on the best direction and location for the future.

The current lease on the o.Co Coliseum runs out at the end of the 2013-2014 season. The year long deadline has made the issue of a new stadium that much more urgent. With the Golden State Warriors set to move across the bay in 2017 and the Oakland Athletics exploring a possible move to San Jose, the pressure is on the city of Oakland to step up and save it’s crown jewel.

An$800 million, 50,000 seat stadium was rumored to have been proposed by the Raiders, with $300 million in public funding required to break ground. The financial situation of the city of Oakland is dire and in order to finance the stadium, the city would have to issue long term bonds that could end up costing much more.

If the fortune of the Davis family were more in line with the other NFL owners, a new stadium would have been built years ago. I personally think the Raiders should have shared Levi’s Stadium with the San Francisco 49ers, but that ship may have sailed. My second preference would be for the Davis family to sell the team. In a previous post a reader opined that Mark Davis is too proud to ever consider selling the team. That may be so, but it is in the best interest of Raider Nation to stay in Oakland and frankly I don’t have faith in Mark Davis being able to deliver on that.

The other option is to move to a fickle sports town like Los Angeles. This is a town that has more money than it knows to do with but less loyalty than a pet viper. There could be many locations like the 75,000 seat venue proposed in the City of Industry. The move could happen but Los Angeles will only support a winning team.

That’s celebrity culture. You won’t see Justin Bieber at a Raider game unless they are the talk of the town. These fans have too little self respect to support a great franchise like the Raiders in bad times. The team of the decades as Al liked to call themselves.

There are many teams around the league that have used the threat of a move to Los Angeles, to get a stadium out of their local municipalities–teams like the Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, and Atlanta Falcons. Could the Raiders pull off such a move? The answer is probably, No.

Oakland is in financial mess. They are in fact closer to bankruptcy than to a new stadium funding. The unfunded pension liabilities of the city exceed $2 billion. The city has issued bonds to pay their current obligations and essential city services like police work has been sacrificed in exchange. The lame leaders who have run this once vibrant city into the ground should be ashamed.

The fate of the city is tied to the Raiders, and short of a miracle I can’t see the city being able to afford the luxury of a football stadium.

Raider fans deserve better, but when the options are Los Angeles and Oakland, the fans will have to suffer longer.

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  • Tim Martindale

    I agree that Davis should sale the team but I think they should go back to LA

    • Scoobz

      You go back to LA and take the FUKN Rams back with you

  • Jeffrey August

    Wait, LA is fickle? The Raiders just closed off an entire section in the Coliseum because they can’t sell the seats… Those in glass houses

    • Alvin Chandra

      LA did have two NFL teams that they refused to support unless they were good. That’s fickle. Oakland has its problems as well but the Raiders belong in norcal.

  • loverpoint

    The Rams are going back in 2016

  • loverpoint

    If Oakland goes anywhere they will go to Sacramento.

    Running away to another city will not improve the team. They need to build a team and the city of Oakland will build them a new stadium.

    • Alvin Chandra

      Sacramento has loyal fans. The Kings had some of the longest sellout streaks. I wonder if the research has been done on the viability of a football market.

  • Larry Cole

    They’re going to L.A. for sure. Davis is broke and so is Oaktown!

    • Scoobz

      You should go with them!

      • Larry Cole

        Already in L.A., numbnuts

  • jose

    going back to los angeles would be better off for the raiders, cause oakland is broke and ugly ass fuck

    • Scoobz

      Take your punk ass Rams back with u and stop F**ckn with the Town. OAKTOWN

  • jose

    the funny thing is, that theres more raider fans in all southern california like not to say san diego. i think san diego has more raider fans then oakland. brinnnnnngggg back the raiders to los angeles……..

  • Forrest Malcom

    Who you calling fickle , what is your problem ? You have something against the people of LOS ANGELES . For starters most football fans in LA dont want the raiders back here. Every city in America has fair weather fans & that is a fact ! So watch what you say about the folks of LA!!!!

    • goldenbaysports

      Are you saying you don’t want to have a pro football team in your city? Who wouldn’t want that?