By RantSports Staff on August 15, 2014
The future is up in the air for the Oakland Raiders. The long-time NFL franchise needs a new home, and it needs one fairly soon. With a lease keeping the Raiders in Oakland only until the end of the season, Mark Davis is keeping his options open when it comes to a future home.
Here are the top 5 scenarios for the Raiders and their future location:
This idea was proposed by Roger Goodell and the NFL. It makes sense on some level, obviously because of geographic reasons. But do the Raiders really want to share a stadium with another team? Do the 49ers want to share with the Raiders? The answer to both questions is no.
The Raiders need their own home, wherever it may be.
A move to San Antonio seems unlikely, but it's also not out of the question. While the Raiders would end up in a smaller market, they'd end up in a city that would love and embrace them. The Alamodome wouldn't be the greatest of short-term homes, but it could work.
However, unless something goes terribly wrong, don't expect the Raiders to leave California.
The Raiders have said that they don't want to do this, but it's still a more realistic option than moving the team to Texas. If a relocation or new stadium plan can't be agreed upon, Davis could just opt to keep his team where it's at for another year or two.
This is a very real possibility. Davis is correct when he says that the Raiders would be welcomed back to L.A. But there's of course the whole issue of a stadium in the Los Angeles area. Plans are in place if one needs to be built, and you wouldn't think it would be a terribly lengthy process to start construction on a stadium, but at best the Raiders could be back in L.A. by 2017.
It seems like this is the ideal scenario for the Raiders. Staying where they are for the time being, while details are ironed out with the city of Oakland and others on a new stadium. If Oakland really wants to keep the Raiders, fans will find out soon enough as the clock is ticking on a decision for both sides.
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