You could see this one coming from a mile away, and frankly I am surprised it has taken this long, but lo and behold the Oakland Raiders were singled out as one of five teams in the mix to relocate to Los Angeles. This comes to us via the Orange County Register:
"St. Louis, Jacksonville, not extensively, certainly Oakland, San Diego, Minnesota are still in the mix," Leiweke said listing the teams AEG has met with before adding: "We're not packing any (moving) vans right now."
Lieweke would be Tim Lieweke president of the AEG Entertainment Group. The group that has been trying to work a stadium deal in Los Angeles. They are not looking for just one team either—they want two.
The good news for Oakland Raider fans is that they don't just want to bring a team to play in the stadium, but Billionaire Philip Anschutz wants to buy a majority of the team. And I don't see Al Davis looking to sell his majority share anytime soon.
Of course, if they own one team that plays in the stadium they will probably just look for a second team to come down and lease or sub-lease the stadium for them. And I think we all know that Al Davis is not afraid to use a possible new location to try and get a new venue in his current location.
The Raiders have also expressed a desire to not share a stadium with the 49ers making their chances of getting their own stadium an uphill fight. All of which makes a possible move to LA a more likely reality. The one thing that may stop them is the animosity between Al Davis and the city of Los Angeles from the last proposed stadium debacle.