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5 Reasons Why Oakland Raiders Shouldn’t Share Levi’s Stadium With San Francisco 49ers

5 Reasons Why Oakland Raiders Shouldn't Share Levi's Stadium With San Francisco 49ers

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Because the Oakland Raiders are facing obstacles renewing their lease at O.Co Coliseum over disputes with civic authorities and the Oakland Athletics baseball team, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested that the team could solve their problem by shacking up with the 49ers. Although that would save the league some money, there are five main reasons why this should not and will never happen.

5. Levi's Stadium Is So... Red

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5. Levi's Stadium Is So... Red

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The new stadium looks like it very much belongs to the 49ers. And rightfully so! There are posters of legendary 49ers greats hanging throughout the stadium and the seats are bright red. Even the naming rights logo is red. Levi's Stadium is also about 35 miles away from where the Raiders play now. No Raiders fan will be willing to drive that far to watch their team play in a house that's not their own.

4. The "Black Hole" Will Disappear

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4. The "Black Hole" Will Disappear

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Raider Nation takes extreme pride in dressing up for home games and they are known for those vibrant, yet also terrifying costumes. It just wouldn't be the same in Levi's Stadium.

3. Short-Term Leases Turn Into Long-Term Living Situations

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3. Short-Term Leases Turn Into Long-Term Living Situations

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The Raiders will probably get too comfortable if they do move in. The New York Jets were junior tenants of the New York Giants for a few years when they were in the process of planning to construct their own stadium in New York City. But the Jets conceded to political defeat and entered into a 50/50 partnership with the Giants to build MetLife Stadium. Now they're stuck together for 20 years.

2. The Raiders' Owner Is Fimly Against It

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis
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2. The Raiders' Owner Is Fimly Against It

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis
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Owner Mark Davis was quoted saying that he "doesn't want to be a renter in the 49ers' facility (espn.go.com)." Davis has even favored the University of California’s Memorial Stadium over Levi's Stadium in previous interviews.

1. Their Fans HATE Each Other

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1. Their Fans HATE Each Other

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Regional rivalries are cute, until someone gets hurt. The Raiders vs. 49ers preseason game in 2011 turned bloody, with fights in the stands and restroom. There were even two gang-related shootings in the parking lot. The NFL indicated afterward that they thought the game was more trouble than it was worth, and went so far as to cancel the 2012 Bay Area preseason game.

The best situation would be for the Raiders to get their own home. The team could afford to pay $300 million for a new, 50,000-seat facility at the current stadium site. But even after a $200 million loan from the NFL, they'd still be short at least $300 million, which would need to be paid with public funds. A smaller stadium would also be better for the Raiders, making it easier for the team to sell out and broadcast games on local TV.

Either way, the commissioner is right about one thing: the ball is in the Raiders' court. Team executives have to make the decision based on what they feel is best for the team and the fans. They just have to make that decision quickly.