Raiders to play in San Francisco in 2019, 49ers must approve

Rex Christensen
February 6, 2019

The Raiders are trying to not play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019 after the City of Oakland filed an antitrust lawsuit against the team in December.

Raiders owner Mark Davis was noncommittal in a text message to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez: "When we're ready to make the announcement, we will". They'll play at Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, according to NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai. The NFL presumably would be sensitive to the fact that "San Francisco" is attached to the 49ers' official name, licensing and team marks.

Oracle Park - which was previously known as AT&T Park - has previously hosted football games. With the city of Oakland aggressively looking to do the Raiders no favor in the midst of an acrimonious divorce, the Raiders have basically been looking for any stadium that will have them. There have been several bowl games played there, and California played its 2011 games there when Memorial Stadium was being renovated. The team will relocate in 2020, but until then, they will need a temporary stadium to call home.

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The Oakland Raiders have made their decision for 2019. That's why playing at the 49ers' Levi's Stadium is thought to largely be a longshot.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Chargers, and Chicago Bears come in next at 14/1. In the summer of 1995, Davis agreed to move the Raiders back to Oakland after Oakland-Alameda County spent over $200 million to renovate the coliseum. The city is suing the team and the National Football League over its 2020 move to Las Vegas and what it claims are antitrust violations.

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