Sunday night a report came out that had everyone was sure the Raiders would be shoehorned into Oracle Park in San Francisco. Now 48 hours later, it seems the only sure thing is the Raiders will NOT be playing in San Francisco according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Update on the #Raiders stadium situation: #49ers are still not expected to waive their territorial rights for San Francisco, sources say. With the SF Mayor going public against the Raiders playing at Oracle Park, SF is off the table. It’s Oakland or Levi’s Stadium for the Raiders— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 6, 2019
Outside of the short distance from Oakland, playing in Oracle Park was never an ideal option. Both teams lining up on the same side of the field, temporary bleachers and awkward sight lines, and locker rooms not designed to house a 25-man baseball roster as opposed to a 53-man NFL roster (90-man in preseason). But that’s where the Raiders appeared headed for a brief time Sunday night.
Then the reality hit that the 49ers hadn’t relinquished territorial rights and had no reason whatsoever to do so. Likewise the NFL had no reason to force the issue and give their approval. Then when San Francisco Mayor London Breed shot it down, that pretty much squashed it.
Now Mark Davis will have to decide which option he hates less — staying in Oakland where he and the NFL are being sued or being a tenant with the 49ers in Santa Clara.
Roger Goodell is drumming is fingers for an answer, so he has to get on it.