The continued uncertainty about the Oakland Raiders final season before a move to Las Vegas took another turn this week. Despite a pending lawsuit by the city of Oakland against the team, Oakland Coliseum chief executive and executive director Scott McKibben publicly disclosed he met with Raiders president Marc Badain about a lease for 2019 according to ESPN.
The Raiders, who do not have a lease to play anywhere in 2019, have explored options far and wide for 2019 including an early move to Las Vegas, sharing Levi’s Stadium with the 49ers, playing at the San Francisco Giants Oracle Park or even playing several home games abroad. The team’s new stadium in Las Vegas will not be completed until 2020.
The Raiders were in active negotiations until December with the City of Oakland to continue playing in the Oakland Coliseum for 2019. When the Raiders discontinued talks, the city sued the team.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has urged to Raiders to resolve the matter of its temporary home quickly so that the NFL can make a 2019 schedule.