Mac the Knife

The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

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The Las Vegas Raiders of Oakland are, by virtually everyone involved in the situation, apparently not going to be calling the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (sorry, I try to avoid corporate whoring unless I'm being paid myself) beyond the 2018 season.  This despite the fact that at earliest their new stadium in Las Vegas won't be ready until 2020.

 

Everyone involved is also saying that a one-year stay at luxuriously atrocious by NFL standards Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas is not a viable option.  This in essence means that unless something changes, in 2019 the NFL's going to have a modern-day version of the Seattle Pilots:  a team that plays in some city for one year, then relocates.

 

Among the rumors floating around are that, of all places, San Diego is under consideration as a potential temporary home for the Raiders, which seems about as likely to go over about as well as... well, insert your own phrase here.  It won't go over well.

 

So, conjecture time:  Where will the franchise currently known as the Oakland Raiders call home for its 2019 season?  Oakland?  Las Vegas?  San Diego?  San Antonio?  Sacramento?  Neptune?  Make your best guess and discuss here...

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Would they be able to work out something with the Niners stadium? I vaguely remember that being mentioned as an option at some point. If nothing else it would be fun to have two teams with two wholly separate geographic identifiers in a stadium that isn't located in either one.

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There's gonna be three teams playing in LA next season, aren't there?

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22 minutes ago, Buc said:

There's gonna be three teams playing in LA next season, aren't there?

 

Considering how badly the NFL has butchered the LA situation, this is the likeliest scenario.

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Disappointed beyond words that this Mac The Knife post didn't culminate in his proposal to move the team to a temporary stadium in the temporary city of Refridger. 

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23 minutes ago, the admiral said:

Disappointed beyond words that this Mac The Knife post didn't culminate in his proposal to move the team to a temporary stadium in the temporary city of Refridger. 

The thought actually did cross my mind, but I figured there'd be too many people who weren't smart enough to get the joke.

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Levi's Stadium does have a 3rd locker room for this type of scenario but the 49ers would probably tell the Raiders to go kick rocks in a gravel pit in Irwindale. 

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Levi's makes too much sense; I see the NFL pressuring the Niners if they're cool to the idea. You could still call them "Oakland", there's already a locker room there for them, and only shacking up there for one season has to lessen the sting for the Niners.

 

Personally, I'd like the Raiders in San Diego for one year. Make the Chargers return in disgrace for one game.

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Add some more temporary bleachers to the yard at Cal Expo and inject the Sacramento Raiders of Vegas via Oakland directly into my bloodstream, please. 

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Sell the team to Arte Moreno, owner of the Angels and rename the team "The Los Angeles Raiders of Anaheim."

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The Raiders Craptacular Vagabond Tour coming to a California city near you!!!!

 

Sacramento, San Jose, Modesto, Fresno, Bakersfield, San Diego, Ontario and the crapctacular Stockton!!!! Get your tickets now even though we all know they won't sell out!!! Dial 555-DEAD-AL for details 

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8 hours ago, GDAWG said:

Sell the team to Arte Moreno, owner of the Angels and rename the team "The Los Angeles Raiders of Anaheim."

 

They're already the Las Vegas Raiders of Oakland.  What more d'ya want?

 

Though if they play in Berkeley in 2019, I guess that'd make them the Las Vegas Raiders of Oakland at Berkeley.  LVROB.  That'd be colorful.

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Why not just have them play 8 different games(well 7 they will find away to have a game in Mexico City again) in all different California cities? The ultimate comedy on show on a tour!! Lol in all seriousness, would Stamford stadium be a option as well? 

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1 hour ago, lilben777 said:

The ultimate comedy on show on a tour!! Lol

 

Lol

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Why would they go to Levi's and remind everyone how easy it would have been to share a stadium that's actually closer to Oakland?

 

May as well just take them on a tour of California and Nevada cities at this point. Not sure why Sam Boyd isn't good enough even as a one-year facility when the Chargers have spent two in Carson.

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Traveling team! Traveling team! Traveling team!

 

2019 Home Games

1 - SDCCU Stadium; San Diego

2 - Alamodome; San Antonio

3 - The Dome at America's Center; St. Louis

4 - Wembley Stadium; London

5 - Estadio Azteca; Mexico City

6 - Rogers Centre; Toronto

7 - Camping World Stadium; Orlando

8 - Legion Field; Birmingham

 

(SIDE NOTE: Post NFL team Stadium names suck)

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I just did have one idea:  use the Raiders as your test bed for the logistics of having a London-based franchise.

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