UPDATE (4:30pm on Monday) -- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued the following statement Monday afternoon:
“Today’s San Francisco Chronicle contains inaccurate information I need to clarify. On May 23, I proactively contacted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to update him generally on what we've felt have been productive conversations with Raiders’ negotiator Larry MacNeil.”
“Having learned from what I believe was a past mistake of awarding an exclusive negotiating agreement to a developer not approved by the Raiders, I wanted to assure the Commissioner of my commitment to keeping the Raiders and NFL at the center of our efforts.”
“I did express to the Commissioner my interest in continuing discussions with the Ronnie Lott/Rodney Peete group and asked how the Commissioner would view my taking more meetings with them.”
“The Commissioner encouraged me to explore all avenues for partnership that might result in a successful project for Oakland, the Raiders and the NFL, assuming we not give away any rights without clear Raiders’ support. That is my intention in resuming discussions with them.”
“I continue to believe the Raiders can develop a new stadium in Oakland that is responsible to the team, its fans, the NFL and the taxpayers of Oakland. Oakland has worked hard to contribute the entitlements, development opportunities and infrastructure funding to our shared vision of a stadium-centered development at the Oakland Coliseum. I’m committed to continuing to work hard to realize this vision.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is starting to throw his weight around regarding the Raiders' search for a new stadium.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf communicated with Goodell and is now expected to meet with the investment group led by Ronnie Lott and Rodney Peete this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
"I am encouraged by the team assembled," Schaaf told the Chronicle. "My recent conversations with Commissioner Goodell and others have given me confidence it’s time to continue our conversations."
The group's developers are expected to separately meet with members of the county Board of Supervisors, according to the Chronicle.
The group led by Lott and Peete wants to help build a new Raiders stadium in Oakland in exchange for a minority stake in the franchise, according to the Chronicle.
The group, which also reportedly includes Seth Hamalian, founder of the Mission Bay Development Group, and Walnut Creek sports agent Bill Duffy, has "met with team executives and Oakland officials to brief them on their proposal to be master developers of the 120-acre Coliseum site," according to the newspaper.
The Raiders signed a one-year lease extension with Oakland-Alameda Coliseum for 2016, with two one-year lease extensions built in. There has been minimal progress trying to build a new facility in the East Bay. Team and public officials seem stuck over the cost of land on the Coliseum site and where the MLB’s Oakland Athletics, who also call the Oakland Coliseum home, fit into a new development.