After a lot uncertainty as to the place the Raiders would play in 2019, they’ll return as soon as once more to the Oakland Coliseum.
Congratulations, Oakland. The Raiders don’t look like leaving city in any case.
Nicely, not less than not for yet another yr.
In accordance with NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are within the means of understanding an settlement with Oakland Coliseum Authority for the staff to play in Oakland in the course of the 2019 season. As soon as the season concludes, assuming that their new stadium is accomplished and able to go, the Raiders will then relocate to Las Vegas as deliberate. The settlement additionally features a staff choice for the 2020 season ought to the brand new stadium in Vegas not be accomplished in time.
The #Raiders and the Coliseum Authority have reached an settlement for the staff to stay in Oakland for the 2019 season not less than and the edges are ironing out ultimate nuances and particulars of the deal, sources say. It might be wrapped up and offered to the board as early as Friday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2019
For the Oakland diehards who’ve grown up watching the Raiders play on the Coliseum, it must be bittersweet. They may nonetheless should bid farewell to their staff eventually, however on the very least they’ll now get the chance for a sendoff season.
The Raiders will start the 2019 season with a contemporary slate, a chance to depart Oakland followers with a greater style than the one they’d a yr in the past. Earlier than Jon Gruden kicked off his second stint as the top coach of the Raiders, he traded away Khalil Mack, the anchor of the protection, after which led the staff to an completely abysmal Four-12 season.
It’s tough to see the Raiders making critical enhancements in 2019, however they couldn’t do a lot worse than they did final yr. And regardless that the Oakland Coliseum won’t be essentially the most interesting stadium within the NFL, it’s a a lot better choice for the Raiders than Oracle Park — the house of MLB’s San Francisco Giants — the place the staff was anticipated to spend the 2019 season.
Fortunately, a deal was by no means in a position to get accomplished for Oracle Park, setting the Raiders as much as return to Oakland for not less than yet another yr.
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Whereas they await their everlasting transfer to Las Vegas, there isn’t a extra applicable place for them to play the ready recreation than the trusty outdated Coliseum.