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Raiders back to Oakland for 2019? (and 2020??)

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https://sports.yahoo.com/report-raiders-choose-san-francisco-giants-stadium-2019-home-obstacles-remain-051818504.html

 

 

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The Oakland Raiders have reportedly chosen to go from sharing a stadium with Oakland’s baseball team to … sharing a stadium with San Francisco’s baseball team.

Scheduled to move to Las Vegas ahead of the 2020 season, the Raiders have decided to use Oracle Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants previously known as AT&T Park, as their home stadium for 2019, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The news was first reported by NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai.

 

The name of the park is also changing from AT&T Park to Oracle Park. I guess they are now the San Francisco Raiders? Or the Oakland Raiders of San Francisco? Whatever the name, the Raiders are now the ONLY NFL team to actually play in San Francisco.

 

 

 

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The #49ers would have to waive their territorial rights for the Raiders to play next season in San Francisco. Sources tell me the 49ers have not signed off on this. Also, the NFL would have to approve the move, and that has not occurred, either, according to the sources.

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https://sports.yahoo.com/report-49ers-will-not-waive-territorial-rights-preventing-raiders-playing-oracle-park-015724398.html

The 49ers are rumored to have exercised the territorial rights and blocked a Raiders move to San Francisco.  Apparently now its down to playing in Oakland again or in Levi's Stadium (the 49ers venue).  Levi's was built with the idea of being the home to 2 NFL teams, but the Raiders don't want to go there.

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https://sports.yahoo.com/tucson-birmingham-join-forces-bid-raiders-home-cities-2019-220106723.html

The newest idea is to split home games between Tucson, Arizona and Birmingham, Alabama.  They would play in Arizona Stadium (57k capacity) and Legion Field (71k capacity).  The article says this is a plan hatched by Tucson and Birmingham and not the Raiders taking initiative here.

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