After all the talk about building a new stadium, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is in a mood to get something done.
His plan to get the wrecking ball swinging? By doing some more talking. Davis told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that the team had $400 million dollars to put toward a new stadium, but that it was not enough and they would need help from private or public investments. Davis also stated that a stadium deal in the City of Oakland was in the 11th hour before clarifying that the stadium issue is “always in the 11th hour” because the team has been waiting so long for a new home.
There is not a lot that can be taken from this other than Davis clearly appears frustrated by the lack of movement on the project. However, I am not sure talking to Rapoport is going to do much good. The Raiders recently passed an opportunity to try and move things further forward by signing a letter of interest with Oakland for the Coliseum City project. The Raiders said that they felt it had no real weight, so it was pointless.
The Raiders were right in that the letter of interest was somewhat of a faux deadline that does lead to immediate construction if signed, or squash all chances of Coliseum City getting built if ignored. But if no one is willing to set up actual deadlines, it will simply continue to be a verbal battle through public statements and City Council meetings. No matter what you believe the Raiders will end up doing as far as a new stadium goes, it appears nothing will happen at any location anytime soon.