Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf has been active in her quest to keep local professional sports teams in town.
That certainly includes the Raiders, who are considering a possible relocation to Los Angeles.
Mayor Schaaf met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York earlier this month about keeping the Raiders in Oakland, league executive vice president Eric Grubman confirmed to CSN Bay Area via email on Thursday afternoon.
Grubman, league point man for Los Angeles relocation and franchise retention in home markets, was also in the meeting. Grubman considered it an introductory meeting, not a negotiation.
“The Mayor outlined visions and goals at a general level,” Grubman said in an email. “No specific proposal was discussed. Roger encouraged dialogue, and he stressed that there was a need to have a specific and actionable plan put forward soon.”
The City of Oakland and Alameda County are working one with San Diego-based developer Floyd Kephart, who, on Monday, turned in a preliminary financial framework for a redevelopment project on the O.co Coliseum site that includes a new football stadium for the Raiders.
Schaaf and Goodell agreed that Grubman would visit the East Bay after Oakland and Alameda County had time to absorb and evaluate Kephart’s proposal. That meeting has not been scheduled yet.
Grubman said the NFL has not seen any part of Kephart’s recent submission to public officials. Details of Kephart’s plan have not been made public due to a confidentiality agreement.
The Raiders insist they want to stay in Oakland, but are also working on a stadium proposal in Carson that would be shared with the San Diego Chargers.