ALAMEDA – The Raiders are looking at all available options to avoid a stadium conflict with the Athletics on Oct. 6.
As previously reported by CSN Bay Area, the NFL said last week a home-and-home switch with the San Diego Chargers was being considered to avoid butting heads with the A’s for the use of the Oakland Coliseum. A team official confirmed Friday that the Raiders are also considering a later kickoff time or a possible Monday night game.
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The Oakland Athletics seem playoff bound, meaning they’d either play a home game on Oct. 5 or 7. If it’s on Oct. 5 – meaning the A’s are a No. 1 or No. 2 seed – the facility would be hard to convert from ballpark to football stadium in time.
If it’s on Oct. 7 and the start time is late, it might not be an issue.
The real problem is timing. American League playoff seeding likely won’t be decided until after Sept. 22, at which point a decision should be made. That gives event planners a two-week window to adjust.
Every option comes with unique problems. NBC and ESPN have exclusive broadcasting windows on Sunday and Monday night, respectively. Changing the date or kickoff time would require an exemption to those rules.
A home-date switch – meaning the Raiders and Chargers would play in San Diego Oct. 6 and Oakland Dec. 22 – creates headaches with ticketing and fans planning to travel to the game. -
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee is backing off statements that indicated Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski rooted for the Athletics to lose every year so the Oakland Coliseum infield dirt could be re-sodded sooner.
Janikowski was upset by allegations that made national news on Thursday after being reported in the Florida Times-Union. On Friday, Scobee said that the comment was a joke he shouldn’t have made. Janikowski and Scobee spoke Thursday night and patched things up.
Outside linebacker Kaluka Maiava suffered a groin injury during Friday’s practice and was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. Maiava had earned playing time since recovering from an ankle injury just before preseason’s end.
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He started last week and played most snaps on the strong side, while rookie Sio Moore was limited with a toe injury.
A decision on Maiava’s status will be made in the hours before kickoff. The rest of the Raiders injury report can be seen here.