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The Coliseum Authority approved
07-31-2019, 04:34 AM,
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The Coliseum Authority approved
OAKLAND Cheap Isaiah Johnson Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The Coliseum Authority approved a lease agreement Friday to keep the Raiders in Oakland for at least one more season.The board voted unanimously to approve the lease for 2019 with an option for 2020. The deal still must be approved by the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, but no hang-ups are expected.The Raiders will pay $7.5 million in rent for the Coliseum and the practice facility in Alameda in 2019 and have a $10.5 million option for 2020 in case their new $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat stadium in Las Vegas isn’t ready by then. The rent will drop by $500,000 each year if the Raiders decide to play one of their two home exhibition games at another site.The Coliseum Authority will retain naming rights for the stadium and get an additional $750,000 from the team to settle a dispute over parking revenue.Barring any unforeseen setbacks in Las Vegas, this likely will be the Raiders’ final season in Oakland after moving back from Los Angeles in 1995. The Raiders began playing at the Coliseum in 1966 and were there through the 1981 season before going to Southern California.New Raiders star receiver Antonio Brown said earlier this week he was excited to be part of the final season in the East Bay.“For me to be here in Oakland, a part of the Oakland Raiders and be able to be on the last team that’s ever going to be here in Oakland, it’s something special in itself,” he said. “So, it’s pressure in that Derek Carrier Jersey , it’s excitement in that, and there is a lot that comes with that, and I’m here today ready to embrace all that.”The Raiders had pulled out of lease extension talks after Oakland sued the team and the NFL over the planned move to Las Vegas. But with the Raiders planning to practice at the facility in Alameda in 2019, staying in the Bay Area was always the top priority.The Raiders had talks about sharing a stadium with the San Francisco Giants, but that was opposed by the 49ers under territorial rights they have for San Francisco. The Raiders also could have looked into sharing Levi’s Stadium with the 49ers, although owner Mark Davis was opposed to that option.The NFL needed to get a final answer on where the Raiders will play this season in order to put together the 2019 schedule, which is expected to be released in April. Jon Gruden may not want the Raiders’ scouts to know what he’s thinking heading into the draft, but he does want 31 other teams to know that if they have a trade offer to make, give him a call.Gruden said his team could do anything in the draft, including trading up, trading down or staying put.“We are wide open to moving up Mike Nugent Jersey , we are wide open to moving back,” Gruden said, via Scott Bair of “We are wide open to just sitting there and taking a guy that falls to us.”General Manager Mike Mayock echoed those comments, noting that the Raiders have three first-round picks and their own pick high in the second round, which means they’ll be very active early in the draft one way or another.“That’s what I love about it,” Mayock said. “Obviously, we could move up and you’ve got to know what you are trying to do and how you are trying to do it. You can try to increase your draft capital by moving down or you stay the same, and four of the first 35 picks gives you an opportunity to consider all those scenarios multiple times.”The Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades contributed to the Raiders being one of the worst teams in the NFL last year. Now we’ll see how well those two trades can contribute to the Raiders turning things around this year.

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