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Raiders hire man who helped get Levi's Stadium built to help get stadium in Oakland

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Today among the announcement that the Raiders would be signing a one-year lease extension to play in Oakland for 2016, they also announced they will be retaining consultant Larry MacNeil, a senior real estate executive, to the Oakland stadium development team.

MacNeil knows a thing or two about getting a new stadium built. He spent 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer of the San Francisco 49ers and was in charge of the development of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

"He's coming on board to represent our interests in negotiations with the County Board of Supervisors, the JPA, and the City of Oakland," said Mark Davis.

"He'll be working with Mark Badain and our negotiating team to bring some experience as somebody who has built a stadium here in the Bay Area and understands the machinations and everything else. We feel he can be a useful resource for us."

It is a similar role to what Floyd Kephart held with the City and County for the failed Coliseum City plans.