While Sebastian Janikowski is angrily defending his fandom of all things Oakland A’s, the Oakland Raiders' front office is investigating a series of contingency plans regarding its scheduled Oct. 6 home game against the San Diego Chargers.
Because the A’s might be in major league baseball’s postseason at that time, the Raiders are contemplating three options, according to a team official: swapping home games with the Chargers, meaning Oakland would play in San Diego on Oct. 6 and the return game would instead be in Oakland on Dec. 22, a potential move first reported by PFT; keeping the Oct. 6 home date against the Chargers but moving the kickoff time to early evening; or delaying the game one day and making it a Monday night affair at the O.co Coliseum.
“All are options at this time,” the Raiders official said.
A decision has to be made within two weeks of Oct. 6, though the A’s might not cooperate as their regular season finale is not until Sept. 29.
The sticking point is this: if the A’s finish as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the American League playoff bracket, they would play host to a division series Game 2 at the Coliseum on Oct. 5. And if the A’s are given a later first-pitch time, therein lays the problem as it is a longer conversion time to flip the field from baseball to football than it is from football to baseball.
Which is why if the A’s are lower than a No. 2 seed in their playoffs, a potential conflict is avoided since they would play host to Game 3 of their division series on Oct. 7.
If the games are swapped, the Raiders would then close out their season with three straight home games, against Kansas City (Dec. 15), San Diego (Dec. 22) and Denver (Dec. 29).