The City of Oakland and Alameda County will soon work in greater cohesion trying to keep professional sports in town. The City Council approved the addition of the County to an exclusive negotiating agreement with San Diego-based developer Floyd Kephart, who is trying to finance a project to redevelop the Coliseum complex that hopes to include a new football stadium for the Raiders.
While that’s a small, positive step towards an ultimate goal, there are several giant leaps required before shovels hit the ground.
That’s a tough reality when a competing proposal has built so much momentum. You’ll certainly hear about the NFL moving back to Los Angeles in the coming days, with information and speculation alike pouring out of the annual NFL owner’s meetings in Phoenix.
News of a stadium proposal that could bring the Chargers and Raiders to Carson without public dollars broke last month during the NFL Scouting Combine, and the project has been fast-tracked since.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plan to build a football stadium in Inglewood is also cooking with hot oil, and will certainly be discussed further in coming days.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a press conference scheduled for Monday, and owners involved in this project might find themselves in front of a microphone over the next few days, which could help increase leverage in their home market. There will be more work done in back rooms, cultivating league support for moves that require approval from NFL owners.
Thought nothing will get sorted out for certain, it should be an interesting few days on the Raiders stadium front.