SAN FRANCISCO – The Raiders are involved in a game of stadium musical chairs, with three teams with declared interest in the Los Angeles market.
The music will stop at some point, and odds are one team will be left without an L.A. spot. Ideally, the Raiders would stay in Oakland. Things aren't progressing well in that regard.
The Raiders have had relocation talks with San Antonio. There’s another option in St. Louis, which is aggressively pursuing a stadium plan to keep the Rams in St. Louis. The lure of Los Angeles and owner Stan Kroenke’s lavish stadium proposal in Inglewood may prevent St. Louis from retaining its team.
It’s possible that the St. Louis could be a city without an NFL team despite a solid stadium proposal in the works.
Raiders owner Mark Davis is not considering as a viable alternative.
“There is no interest in St. Louis,” Davis said on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Davis also doesn’t consider the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara an option at this stage.
Building something in Oakland remains Davis’ primary option, though there’s been little information given about how to bridge a $400 million funding gap. There is a deliverable date of June 21 for investors to reveal a financing plan. As of now, the Raiders haven’t gotten a sneak peek.
“We haven’t gotten anything. Nothing,” Davis said. “That’s why we have to look for options. We have gotten nothing in response. … We want to stay. So if it were up to me, it would be 100 percent.”