Decision Time: Keeping the Raiders in Oakland
A deal to build a modern, new stadium for the Oakland Raiders is headed to the Oakland City Council next Tuesday, and the Bay Area Council is working overtime to urge elected officials to reach an agreement that would be critical to keeping the Silver and Black in the Bay Area. Details of the agreement are not public, but generally involve a plan to finance building a new stadium that would be part of a larger development on the site. Former Raiders and 49ers star and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott is leading a group of investors that is seeking to purchase and redevelop the property the Raiders now call home. The plan would offer a counter to a gambit by Las Vegas to lure the Raiders to Sin City with promises of huge public subsidies. NFL leadership has said several times they would like to see the Raiders remain in Oakland. The Bay Area Council has been proud to be working directly with Lott on assembling business community support. To add your name to a support letter the Council has drafted, please contact Special Assistant to the CEO Suzanne Robinson.