An Open Letter to Oakland City Council Members and Oakland Raiders Organization
Dear Oakland City Council Members / Mr. Mark Davis (Managing General Partner-Oakland Raiders) and Mrs. Amy Trask (CEO-Oakland Raiders):
I write this letter on behalf of the thousands of loyal, local (stretching from nearest Alameda County to the outer reaches of Sacramento County) Oakland Raiders fans, as we continue our quest in making certain that both your parties understand just how important your future partnership is to us. That partnership is better defined as the Raiders long-term future in Oakland, which would feature a new stadium for the team, and a substantial lease extension.
Without any question, the Raiders did, and will always belong to the citizens of Oakland and of the surrounding East Bay communities. While the team may be a global brand, it is more importantly an East Bay institution. This was very much tarnished when the team endured the 13 year failed experiment in Los Angeles. This must never be an option again. Never!
Both Mrs. Trask and Mr. Davis have gone on public record as stating that their preference is to build a new facility in Oakland (on the current Coliseum site). The same cannot be said for MLB’s Athletics (who would already be in San Jose if MLB Commissioner Bud Selig had given his blessing) or the NBA’s Golden State Warriors (who are very non-committal regarding their post-2017 home). The Raiders organization has been the only constant of the three professional sports franchises in Oakland to proclaim its preference to remain “home.” This must be taken advantage of. If losses must be cut with entities or persons whom refuse to work with the City of Oakland, then so be it. Whether a new facility for the Raiders be part of the proposed “Coliseum City” project, or a separate endeavor all of its own, it mustn’t be a matter of if this can be done, but HOW it will be done. Once again, commitment (to Excellence?)seems to be the word that would come to mind.
The Raider organization should not have a wandering eye, and MUST commit solely to negotiating a deal (for a new stadium to be built in Oakland) with the City of Oakland only, not abroad. Los Angeles is, and never was a viable option. There can be no acceptable reasons found to ever reconsider another relocation to Los Angeles. And Mr. Davis has gone on public record stating that the team is not for sale, and will remain in the Davis family.
In no uncertain terms, the long-term economic and financial benefits (of having a new stadium built for the Raiders) for the City of Oakland are obvious. I believe Council member Larry Reid was quoted as saying,“you have to spend money to make money.” That statement has never been more accurate than it is today. With that being said, the name recognition that the city continues to receive (from having one of the NFL’s most storied franchises within its city limits) is of great value. The Raiders franchise also benefits greatly from calling the City of Oakland home. There has never been a city and team that so closely mirror the images of each other. The famous “mystique” was born and bred in Oakland. This should not be lost on the Raiders organization strictly for “the best deal” or financial gain. There is no core fan base here or abroad that has the dedication, love, or passion that the local Raider Nation has. It simply cannot be rivaled. To sacrifice that (a second time) for “greener pastures” would be an absolute travesty.
In closing, as we have for the past year-and-a-half or so, we will continue our campaigns of sending emails, writing letters, making phone calls, and meeting to discuss this most important matter until an ultimate resolution is finally gained. We urge both of your parties to continue to work toward making this more than just a pipe dream. This is the right thing for the City of Oakland, the Raiders organization, and the local fan base. www.facebook.com/NewStadiumforRaiders