INDIANAPOLIS – The Raiders sent a chill through the East Bay on Thursday night, when news that they’ve partnered with Chargers on a privately-funded, $1,7 billion joint stadium proposal in Carson was released for public consumption.
While there are many hurdles to clear before the plan could be executed, the prospect of the Raiders leaving Oakland a second time becomes a more realistic doomsday scenario. The city of Carson held a Friday press conference where it was evident that the area was behind a stadium proposal that doesn't not require new taxation or the use of the city's general fund.
Even if this Raiders-Chargers stadium proposal is ultimately a leverage ploy, it’s an incredibly strong one.
Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn’t think of it in those terms. He’s simply trying to keep his options open, which makes perfect business sense.
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This proposal is hinged on a failure to finalize plans to build new stadiums in the Chargers and Raiders home markets.
While Los Angeles could provide increased riches, Davis’ top priority hasn’t changed. He wants to stay put if possible.
“We’re still trying to get something done in Oakland,” Davis told CSN Bay Area on Friday during a brief telephone conversation. “I’ve got options A, B, C and D out there. This is an awesome opportunity to work with the Chargers to try and get something done. ... Really, it’s just another part of the process. But again, we’re trying to get something done in Oakland.”