Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Oakland Stadium Doesn't Want Raiders for 2019

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Oakland Stadium Doesn't Want Raiders for 2019

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Oakland stadium doesn't want Raiders in 2019

The leader of the OaklandAlameda County Coliseum authority board said it loses money on Raiders games and he has no interest in having the Las Vegas-bound team play in the stadium beyond the 2018 season. The Raiders have legally binding options with the board to play at the facility, in Oakland, Calif., in 2017 and 2018, but Coliseum authority executive director Scott McKibben said he has no desire to house Mark Davis' team in 2019.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members I don't believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland)," McKibben told USA Today. "It's actually financially to our benefit if they didn't exercise the options and play here even in the two years they've got contractually (2017 and 2018)."

Davis, who was granted approval from fellow NFL owners on Monday to move to Vegas, had left open the possibility of spending the next three seasons at the Coliseum before a new stadium in Las Vegas is expected to be ready in 2020. (Mercury News, San Jose, Calif.)

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As a University of Miami wide receiver, Irvin was part of the team that won the 1987 national title. As a professional, Irvin played for Dallas on teams that won three Super Bowls. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

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