NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not reveal too much during his annual State of the League address during Super Bowl week on Wednesday but he offered some insight into the Oakland Raider’s stadium situation.
The Raiders currently do not have a stadium to play in for the 2019 season ahead of their 2020 move to Las Vegas, having ended their lease at the Oakland Coliseum. Time is ticking, with the NFL schedule due to be released in the spring.
Goodell, however, said he was “hopeful” that a resolution would be found soon, adding: “I think the hope of Mark [Davis, the Raiders’ owner] is to continue to be in the Bay Area with his Raider fans.”
Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and Oracle Park in San Francisco have been mentioned as options, though returning to Oakland Coliseum has not been eliminated as a possibility.
“As far as timing, the key thing on the timing is our schedule,” Goodell added. “We need to make a schedule obviously for the 2019 season and the sooner the better for us.”
Elsewhere, Goodell said he was committed to grow the game in Mexico despite the LA Rams-Kansas City Chiefs game in November being relocated from the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at short notice due to poor field conditions.
“We were disappointed we weren’t able to play there this year, but I believe all of us did the right thing,” he said. “I believe we’re going to continue that relationship and grow the game of football in Mexico.”
Goodell reiterated that the league will not be setting up a team in London any time soon due to logistical issues. “The issue for us still is, can we do this competitively for the team that is based there, and also for the 31 other clubs? That involves scheduling, it involves a lot of other matters that you don’t want to compromise. And until we can get comfortable on that I don’t think we’ll be NFL-ready in London.”