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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Davis says 'no progress' on Raiders stadium

By Paul Gutierrez

It's no surprise that the Oakland Raiders need a new stadium, that owner Mark Davis desires a new home for his team. He told ESPN.com back in September that he wants to build on the current site of the O.co Coliseum but that a day of reckoning with the city and county was coming, and soon.

"Whether there's a sense of urgency or not, I know there is on our side," Davis said at the time. "We have to find out how urgent on their side."

Davis, though, seemingly put a timetable on getting something done in an interview at the NFL combine with the San Francisco Chronicle.

"They brought in Colony Capital and based on that, I decided to go ahead and do a one-year extension with them," Davis said of the city and the company hired to help with building a new stadium and the proposed Coliseum City complex "We will play in the Coliseum next year. But there's been no progress. I had high hopes when Colony Capital came in. I still do have hopes, but they're not as high because I haven't really heard anything positive from either group. It's gone silent again. We have to get something done."

No, there was no implicit threat, but having signed the one-year lease, Davis seems frustrated.

"I don't want to call it a last-ditch effort, but it does seem to be the last chance that Oakland is going to get," he said. "We can't continue to play in that stadium, with the baseball field and all of that stuff."

The Raiders are the only team in the NFL that still shares a stadium with a Major League Baseball team in the Oakland Athletics. And while Davis has made a point of saying he wants to stay in Oakland, on the current site and has looked at Concord and Dublin in the East Bay, he has also said Los Angeles is a possibility, along with any other city that would garner a new stadium.

"That whole Hegenberger area…my friends that fly up from San Diego think it looks like a goldmine as far as development goes," Davis said. "But people in the Bay Area are stuck in the fact of perception, of the crime and everything else.

"I wouldn't talk about Plan B's or anything like that," Davis said. "I don't want to talk about using someplace else for leverage. If I get something done in Oakland, I am staying."

Davis told ESPN.com in September that he prefers a 53,000-seat stadium.