The Raiders will reportedly play their final season in the same city where it all began for them, San Francisco.
In somewhat of a stunner owner Mark Davis has reached a deal with the Giants to play the 2019 season at Oracle Park (formerly AT&T), NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai reported Sunday night.
Mathai indicated the announcement of the one-year deal is expected to be done this week.
#BREAKING: #Raiders will play in San Francisco for 2019 season. Team reaches deal w/ #SFGiants to use #OraclePark (formerly #ATTPark). Announcement expected this week. (per my @NFL sources). #RaiderNation #SuperBowl53 #NFL pic.twitter.com/anr0zQOqtX— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) February 4, 2019
Any deal will also need to include the approval of the 49ers, who still own territorial rights in San Francisco despite moving to Santa Clara in 2014.
In the past, the NFL has preferred to see the Raiders share Levi’s Stadium, which goes against Davis’ long-stated wishes.
Two months ago, Davis and the Raiders backed out of a tentative deal to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, their last season before heading to Las Vegas in 2020. The Raiders were angered by the antitrust lawsuit the City of Oakland filed against them and the NFL for leaving Oakland.
“I stand by what I’ve said in the past,” Davis told this newspaper earlier this week in response to Goodell’s comments. “I’ve been absolutely consistent. I want to stay in the Bay Area, but we’re looking at all options. I haven’t changed my mind.”
Davis didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Sunday night’s NBC Bay Area report.
The Coliseum Authority had said the Raiders would give them one final chance to reach another deal before deciding which venue they’d play in next season. Judging by Sunday night’s news, if there was a meeting, it was obviously fruitless. Then again, if the 49ers and NFL don’t grant approval for the Raiders’ move down the road to Oracle Park, could the Raiders find themselves back at the Coliseum for one more year?
“We shouldn’t be undercutting the negotiating position of our friends across the Bay, by providing an easy out to the Raiders, who are retaliating against Oakland with this attempted move for 2019 simply because Oakland filed a lawsuit that they had every right to file,” Haney said in an Instagram post two months ago.
Oakland Raiders’ first season in the American Football League in 1960 was spent playing their games at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The Raiders played the 1961 season at Candlestick Park before moving to Oakland’s Frank Youell Field (1962-65) and then the Coliseum in 1966.