Roger Goodell Claims NFL Would Assist Oakland Raiders with Building New Stadium
According to CBS Sports, Goodell says the league is willing to help fund a new stadium for the Raiders.
Oakland is still playing in the O.co Coliseum, an antiquated baseball field-turned-football stadium where MLB's Oakland Athletics also play, and Goodell feels that the Raiders are in need of a more modern setting:
It's our stage. It's part of where we present our game. It's the biggest part. It's also really important to the fan experience. Having full stadiums is critical for us. We want to have our fans in the stadium, we want to make sure they have the best facilities, we want to make sure the teams can generate enough revenue to be successful and competitive.
There have been talks between city officials and the franchise, but nothing has come of those preliminary discussions.
If the league does aid the Raiders franchise in building a new venue, it wouldn't be the first time the NFL has contributed to a new team facility.
According to CBS Sports, the NFL committed $200 million to help the San Francisco 49ers fund a new stadium in Santa Clara.
Goodell also suggested that the Raiders and 49ers could share the new stadium in Santa Clara, saying:
The priority is what the community and the team work out. I think it's a great benefit that there's a stadium across the bay that's going to be a state-of-the-art facility. That's terrific. So that's an option if this community and the Raiders choose that. But that's a decision they have to make.
Given the uprise in violence at sporting events and outside of professional sporting venues, it's probably best that the Raiders and 49ers play in separate stadiums. And if the NFL is willing to help pay to keep the Raiders franchise in the city of Oakland, there's a good possibility it'll happen.
While there have been rumors of the Raiders moving to Los Angeles, Goodell noted that it would take a three-quarters vote by the league to get that motion approved. The commissioner clearly seems to be trying to avoid the Raiders-L.A. situation entirely by publicly offering aid for a new stadium.
The 49ers already have a plan established and their stadium won't be ready until 2014, so be patient, Raiders fans. It's probably going to be a couple of years before Oakland sees a new venue for the Black and Silver.
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