Raiders to stay in Oakland for 2016 season


The Raiders will play out the 2016 NFL season in Oakland, it was announced on Thursday.

A one-year lease extension agreement has been made to continue playing at Coliseum, with the deal including options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, according to Raiders owner Mark Davis.

Davis also announced the hiring of Larry MacNeil, a San Francisco 49ers executive who oversaw the development of Levi's Stadium, to the stadium development team. 

Additionally, there will be no increase in ticket prices for the 2016 season, Davis said.

It is an annual dance for the Raiders, who have renewed their lease with the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority in one-year increments since the end of the 2012 season as Davis and the NFL sought leverage for building a new stadium in the city.

But the long-term future of the franchise in Oakland has never been more tenuous than this year, with a possible relocation to Los Angeles looming.

Last month, NFL owners elected instead to give the St Louis Rams and owner Stan Kroenke the first crack at returning to Los Angeles for 2016.

As part of the agreement, the San Diego Chargers, who also are at odds with San Diego politicians over their stadium situation, were awarded the first option to join the Rams, leaving the Raiders on the outside looking in.

Should the Chargers decline a move to Los Angeles, only then would the Raiders have the option of relocating to Los Angeles in time for the 2017 season.

That seems unlikely since Chargers owner Dean Spanos has already agreed in principle to share the Rams' new facility in Inglewood, California when it opens in 2019.

Spanos has not ruled out a San Diego return in 2017 and has vowed to focus on negotiating a new stadium agreement with the city, but it remains to be seen whether that is still a viable possibility.

That will leave the Raiders in search of other options, either in Oakland or elsewhere.

City officials in San Antonio and Las Vegas -- two locales seen as possible candidates to lure the Raiders out of California -- have already begun courting Davis.