The Raiders need a new stadium. The 49ers need a new stadium. Neither team can afford to build one without help. Their respective cities and their home state isn't in the strongest financial position. It seems to me like the two teams would be best served to work together to get this done. And to that end, they have begun discussing the possibility of sharing.
Vittorio Tafur reports that the two have been discussing this very issue. Rather they are doing that earnestly is another matter. David Fucillo has set up a stream to keep this process updated and for fans to discuss this process. Check it out. Here is a highlight of his initial post:
The current economy precludes much in the way of public money from California and naming rights deals have generally gone down in value since the Internet bubble burst. The best way to finance a new stadium is to follow the model of the New York Giants and New York Jets and share the continually increasing costs of a facility. The NFL is working to rebuild the G3 fund, which is used to provide low interest loans to teams. Roger Goodell has previously stated the 49ers and Raiders should look into a shared stadium and a shared stadium could mean more G3 funding than a single team stadium.
The league clearly wants them to build a joint stadium. Jump over for more....
Here is Roger Goodell the last time he was in Oakland:
"Getting a stadium built is a challenge, particularly in this environment. I encourage them to take a look at that and evaluate it."
"An open mind means an open mind as to sharing a facility with the 49ers. I say to Jed regularly that we should have not only an open mind to the sharing of the facility, but to the location of the facility which we might share. And so there are a lot of options for us to consider."