The Raiders would like this week’s focus to be on football. Veterans check into the Napa Valley Marriott on Thursday morning, with the first full-squad training camp practice the following day.
There is optimism surrounding this group, led by new head coach Jack Del Rio. Improvement, it seems, is on the horizon.
There is a pall hanging over this season, which could be the team’s last in Oakland. That topic was addressed on Wednesday, when the NFL met with the Raiders and Oakland and Alameda County officials at the team’s Alameda practice facility regarding the progress of a football-only stadium in the East Bay.
There hasn’t been much progress toward that end, with developer Floyd Kephart’s latest proposal leaving many pessimistic about progress.
NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman, the league’s point man on stadium development and Los Angeles relocation, attended the meeting. He’s visiting home markets of the Raiders, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers – all teams with an eye on L.A. as early as 2016 – prior to an Aug. 11 special NFL owners meeting where possible relocation will be discussed.
No decisions were made at this meeting, which was more of a progress report. East Bay officials don’t have much to share. That’s why they aren't slated to give a stadium update at the Aug. 11 owners' meeting. Delegations from San Diego and St. Louis, however, are on the schedule.
The Rams are focused on a stadium proposal in Inglewood, while the Raiders and Chargers are moving forward on a joint facility in Carson.
More stadium-related news also broke on Wednesday, when the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Alameda County wants to sell its investment in the Coliseum complex. The Chronicle said the city of Oakland is interested in buying the county out.