USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero recaps the recent NFL owner vote that will move the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas.
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The landlord of the Oakland Coliseum has been losing money on Raiders games and might force the team out of its current facility before its new, $1.9 billion Las Vegas stadium is ready in 2020.
Contractually, the Raiders only have options to stay at the Coliseum for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. But that leaves open the question of where they will play in 2019.
The answer — for now at least — is probably not in Oakland.
“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),” Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority executive director Scott McKibben told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.
That could put a wrinkle in Raiders owner Mark Davis’ hopeful message from Monday, when the NFL approved his franchise’s eventual move to Vegas.
“We have two more years of lease options for Oakland right now,” Davis said at the league’s annual meeting. “If the fans would like us to stay there, we’d love to be there for that and possibly talk to them about extending it for maybe 2019 as well, and try to bring a championship back to Oakland.”
It’s unclear where the Raiders would play otherwise.
Sam Boyd Stadium, home of the UNLV football team in Las Vegas, is an option but only has about 35,000 seats.
“It is possible and has been discussed as a potential solution,” UNLV spokesman Mark Wallington told USA TODAY Sports.
McKibben said Coliseum generates about $7 million per year in revenue from Raiders games, including $3.5 million in rent. But it has more than $8 million a year in Raiders-related expenses, including security, sanitation, ushers and field conversions between baseball and football events. The…