The Oakland Raiders may have found their new general manager in Mike Mayock, but they still need to find a home for the 2019 NFL season.
The City of Oakland has sued the Raiders and the NFL for their relocation to Las Vegas beginning in the 2020 NFL season. With the Coliseum now seemingly out of the question, the team is now forced to look elsewhere to play their home games for the 2019 campaign.
Rumors have begun to swirl about a number of potential temporary homes. It seems the former home of the Chargers has appeared as one of the frontrunners to host the Raiders next season.
“There have been discussions between the Raiders playing next season in San Diego with both the Mayor’s Office and management of the Raiders,” a local attorney has told Sileo. “Over the last two days there have been some conversations with City Hall and Raider management on the team playing here next year.”
This is certainly an intriguing development for the Raiders. The stadium had long served as the home of the Chargers prior to their relocation to Los Angeles, but it has since seen a decline in activity.
It is no secret that tensions are high between San Diego and their former team and nothing would make disgruntled, local residents happier than to have the Chargers’ division rivals invade their old stomping grounds. More importantly, it would provide the Raiders with a viable home arena while they wait for construction to finish in Las Vegas.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not there is any truth to these reports. It will be interesting to see where the Raiders end up playing next season.