In potentially a last-ditch effort to keep the Oakland Raiders in Northern California, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that members of the Raiders are meeting with league officials to discuss a potential stadium proposal in Oakland.
The timing of the meeting itself is rather interesting considering it comes just a week after other reports suggested that Oakland officials have ignored repeated attempts by the NFL to move forward with a potential new venue in the Northern California city.
According to Rapoport, the meeting includes representatives from the Lott Group, which includes former NFL safety Ronnie Lott. The group is said to be willing to contribute $400 million to a new stadium in Oakland.
All this comes with the backdrop of the Raiders potentially moving to Las Vegas after multiple political hurdles were cleared in the state of Nevada, culminating in the approval of a new venue in the desert metropolis (more on that here).
It also comes a day before the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors will meet to vote on a potential $1.3 billion venue in Oakland.
This has to be seen as nothing more than a long shot. The Raiders have been dealing with stadium issues and political red tape in Oakland for the better part of the past two decades.
Is it realistic to believe city officials and the Raiders will come to terms on a new venue before a potential relocation announcement sometime next month? That’s the question we legitimately have no answer to right now.