Monday 25th of May 2020 01:16:27 AM GMT

Oakland Raiders, Coliseum JPA Play Game Of Chicken In Stadium Lease Extension Talks

(Last Updated On: December 29, 2018)

The game of chicken goes something like this: “two drivers drive towards each other on a collision course: one must swerve, or both may die in a crash, but if one driver swerves and the other does not, the one who swerved will be called a “chicken”, meaning that person’s a coward.”

In the case of the Oakland Raiders, and the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, they are the two drivers headed toward each other. The “ collision course” is the sizable rent increase that’s at the center of the Coliseum JPA proposal. The Raiders, by taking a month to say whether or not they will accept the Coliseum JPA lease extension, are playing with the idea that the stadium owner will eventually cave in and give the NFL team a lower rent.

But my sources say that’s not happening. “The deal is the deal,” as I was told, today.

I was also informed that the Raiders are still interested in staying in Oakland and playing at the Coliseum until their new money-pit of a sports complex is ready to be used in Las Vegas. So, with that in mind, Marc Badain wants the JPA to give an alternative proposal, but he’s not going to get one. The Coliseum JPA, on the other hand as of now, left the door open for the Raiders to come up with an “innovative and creative” counter-offer – so far, the Raiders have done nothing.

At some point, the two sides have to decide what to do. The Coliseum JPA does not want to give in to the Oakland Raiders because there’s still very hard feelings over the way the Raiders manipluated them in going behind their collective back to do a stadium deal, first for Carson, then for Las Vegas. And then there’s the million dollars in parking revenue not paid to the Coliseum JPA, and that issue’s not been resolved either (to this date).

The Raiders being, well, the Oakland Raiders, are trying to pay as little as possible to the Coliseum JPA, while sticking around the facility. The way I see it, the Raiders agreed to give Jon Gruden a 10-year, $100 million contract, and have floated the idea of a giant, guaranteed money deal for Khalil Mack. Why not give something to the Coliseum JPA, out the door to Las Vegas? Seems to be an OK request to me.

The Oakland Raiders have until the end of June to work all of this out, unless the Coliseum JPA decides to move up the drop-dead-date at the April 20th meeting. That would be akin to moving the goal posts, but the Coliseum JPA’s as mad at the Raiders as a mad hatter. The board is in no mood to mess around – if the Raiders leave after 2018, the Coliseum JPA believes they can weather the void of events for what would be the 2019 NFL Season. “They save over $1 million by the Raiders being gone,” a source said,”and while some jobs will be gone from the Raiders departure, that can be made up.”

So, we now know the Raiders, at least for this week, are into staying in Oakland for as long as possible. My read is the team isn’t rich enough to fashion an affordable, alternative place to play in a short period of time. So, say goodbye to Sam Boyd Stadium as the new temporary home. Not happening. (It’s really not suited for NFL Foorball without a $50 million upgrade – at least).

In my view, here’s what the Raiders should do: take the million in parking money they owe, and use that to make an expanded West Side Club. The problem with the club now is not enough places to buy food to complement the bar space. Spend the million to build a kind of mini-food-court and also push that wall out to the patio area in the process, bringing that outdoor space, indoors. Then the Raiders could argue they spent money to help make money for the Coliseum JPA and its tenants, then ask for a million reduction in the rent offer, and be good to go.

There, problem solved.

But then the Raiders never listen to me; would be good for them to change. Given my call with the stadium plan Davis asked for, my year-old-plus assertion that the Clark County hotel stadium tax was too small, and my report that Las Vegas has a visitor rate problem, I’m three-for-three – the prospects of me making it four-for-four look pretty good.

Stay tuned.

Oakland News Now @OaklandNewsNow is by Zennie62Media, Inc. with CEO Zenophon Abraham AKA Zennie62 YouTube Partner, Oakland California blogger / vlogger Zennie Abraham @ZennieAbraham . Hire @Zennie62Media, Inc to tell your story.

Zennie62Media uses smartphones enabling our 98-blog network, specially-made blogs, website, social media platforms covering politics, news, sports, and tech, @Oaklandcitynews, Oakland City Council, North Oakland, East Oakland, Montclair, Adams Point, Uptown Oakland food culture, BBQ Becky Jessica Schulte, Jogger Joe Henry Sintay, Oakland crime news, Bank of America loans, COVID-19 updates, homeless news, SF Bay Area news, @breakingnewsbayarea, Atlanta news, Chevron Ecuador, Steven Donziger, Fayetteville GA news, @FayettevilleGA Fayette County Georgia, San Francisco news, San Jose news. Also, Academy Awards / The Oscars entertainment,Tom Hanks, Skyline High School, Oakland Sports, Oakland Panthers, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland Arena, Oakland Raiders, Las Vegas Raiders, Las Vegas Stadium Construction, Allegiant Stadium, NBA, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Combine, CES Las Vegas tech, San Diego Comic Con sci-fi. @GrandLakeTheater @LasVegasHotels

Zennie62Media has content development and online reputation management clients like Insight Terminal Solutions @InsightTerminalSolutions and The Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, with California Capital Investment Group Managing Partner Phillip Phil Tagami @PhilTagami co-developer, @JohnSiegel John Siegel as ITS CEO – exposing coal and Oakland fake news. Zennie62 has helped Maria Ayerdi Kaplan @MariaAyerdiKaplan, developer of Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco, Kofi Bonner, and Flowsent capture the Oakland Cannabis Delivery Dispensary @OaklandCannabis market with fitness model female bodybuilder Laura Ehlen and weedmaps help. We’ve partnered with CoLoursTV, CNN, YouTube, Google, NBC, Vice, Oakland Post / Post News Group, Landis PR, and other media organizations. Competition: The SF Chronicle, Las Vegas Review Journal, East Bay Express, Oakland Tribune.

Zennie62 interviews celebrities like Lars Frykman, Bill Boyd, Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray, Raiders Owner Mark Davis, Raider Legend Raymond Chester, NY Giants Owner John Mara, @SportsTalk Tony Bruno, Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg, Oakland’s “Jogger Joe”, Cam Newton, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Scott Kidd, Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Lou Ferrigno, Lindsey Vonn hot legs, Blake Neely, SDCC’s David Glanzer, Publicist Edward Lozzi. Topics like Oakland Apartment rents, WordPress, CVS Mail Order and Pharmacy, Kaiser Permanente, Rosa’s Home Cooking Restaurant, The Studio Cafe, @OaklandCityCouncil, Mountain View, CA, London, England, Moscow, Russia, blacks in tech, Tackett Bartlett LLP @TackettBartlettLLP, Jameis Winston, Pinewood Studios Atlanta, Jeff Miller, Joceyln Moore, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Yanqing Ye, UC Berkeley, NFL Owners Meeting, NFL Annual Meeting, Eli Lilly Coronavirus COVID-19 vacine, Summit Bank Oakland, Bank of America.

Also Pat Abraham Yerger, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf @LibbySchaaf, Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas, Dan Kalb of District 1, Loren Taylor, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Sheng Thao, Noel Gallo, Robert Bobb, Rebecca Kaplan, Larry Reid, Tech Entrepreneur Sarah Lacy, Personal Trainer Megan Avalon Buffed Barbie, Social Media Pioneer Marc Canter, SF Mayor London Breed, Scott McKibben, CA Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, Schools Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett @BenBartlett, Raiders Charles Woodson, 49ers Jerry Rice, Grand Lake Theater Oakland Owner Allan Michaan, Irvine City Manager John Russo, Guy Fieri, Oakland CAO Edward Reiskin, Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Running Back Josh Jacobs, Stanford HC David Shaw, Tri Ngo, Falcons Coach Dan Quinn, Michael Mina, and NFL Draft Mr. Irrelevant Head Melanie Fitch and Paul Satala. Subscribe to Zennie Abraham’s @Zennie62 YouTube Channel, today!

About the Author

Zennie Abraham
Zennie Abraham is the CEO of Zennie62Media

Oakland News Now Recent Blog Posts