Oakland Coliseum authority says Raiders owe back parking revenue

Oakland Coliseum authority says Raiders owe back parking revenue

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority discovered through an audit that the Raiders owe the joint powers agency parking revenues from recent seasons, the organization’s spokesman told NBC Sports Bay Area early Wednesday afternoon.

The issue was discussed at a meeting last week. The Coliseum authority is working with the Raiders to resolve the issue. A resolution is expected in time and should not impact the Raiders playing in the Oakland Coliseum in 2017.

The Raiders hold one-year lease options to play at Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and could play another year in the Bay Area while their new stadium is being constructed in Las Vegas. NFL ownership approved the Raiders’ application to relocate from Oakland to Sin City last week by a 31-1 vote.

The Raiders have paid some parking revenues to the authority, but a sum remains outstanding. In an executive director’s report obtained by KTVU, the Coliseum authority has requested parking data from the Raiders over the last four seasons. The Raiders have provided information for the 2016 season, but not the previous three. In the extremely unlikely instance the Raiders default on re-payment to decline to follow guidelines set for a disputed repayment amount, it could impact their upcoming lease options.

“I’m blindsided by it, but the last thing I want to do is get in another fight with the Raiders,” board member and county Supervisor Scott Haggerty said, via KCBS News Radio in San Francisco. “I just want to get through these next two years with the Raiders, and let the fans enjoy a couple more years of football here in Oakland.”


Will Jared Cook return to Raiders? Jon Gruden addresses tight end's future


Will Jared Cook return to Raiders? Jon Gruden addresses tight end's future

MOBILE, Ala. — Raiders coach Jon Gruden offered a positive view on the status of tight end Jared Cook who is now a free agent.

“I had a good meeting with Jared before he left,” Gruden said, “and we'll do the best we can to get him back. It will be competitive. I'm sure there are a lot of teams who look at the tape and put him on their wish list.”  

Cook caught a career-high 68 of his 101 targets for 896 yards and six touchdowns. His 67.6 catch percentage was also a career-high. 

Cook recorded four 100-yard games in his 10th season in the league. His 180-yard performance against the Rams in Week 1 broke the franchise record for yards by a tight end in a single game that was previously held by Todd Christensen, who caught 11 passes for 173 yards against the Chargers on Nov. 20, 1986.

Gruden was pleased that Cook will be in playing in the Pro Bowl. He will participate as Travis Kelce’s replacement. 

“Jared made the Pro Bowl, which is great for him,” Gruden said. “We’re really happy about that. I thought he should have gotten in to start with.”  

Former Ravens sixth-round pick Darren Waller could be a possible replacement for Cook. He was signed late in the season off of Baltimore's practice squad and played in the final four games. He caught all six passes thrown his way for 75 yards. 

The Raiders will need to focus on adding a tight end during the offseason through free agency or the draft. The staff’s involvement at the Senior Bowl is one of the opportunities they will need to take advantage of.

Jon Gruden knows firsthand why Saints NFC title loss 'will sting forever'


Jon Gruden knows firsthand why Saints NFC title loss 'will sting forever'

MOBILE, Ala. – Jon Gruden reached out to New Orleans head coach Sean Payton after the Saints lost the NFC championship on Sunday, largely due to a blown no-call on an obvious pass interference violation.

The Raiders head coach knows all too well both Payton and the pain felt after losing a chance to advance in the playoffs due to an officiating mistake.

Gruden was, after all, victimized by the Tuck Rule. The New England Patriots beat the Raiders back in the 2001 AFC divisional round largely because of a call that negated Tom Brady’s lost fumble, which would have essentially secured a Raiders victory.

“That’s one of the reasons Sean and I have talked,” Gruden said Monday during Senior Bowl week. “What do you say to your team? It’s tough. You lose a game like that, it’s tough. It’s tough to lose a game, period. It’s tough that it came down to that.”

Gruden has strong feelings on instant replay, but didn’t want to comment on whether pass interference calls should be reviewable. By rule, the egregious non-call in the L.A. Rams’ victory over the Saints wasn’t allowed to undergo a review.

Payton was despondent after the overtime loss to Los Angeles, saying the NFL told him shortly after the game that pass interference should have been called.

While the Tuck Rule Game happened 17 years ago, Gruden and several Raiders involved in that game are still bothered by the end result. That’s why Gruden believes the Saints might not ever get over such a loss.

“No. I don’t think so,” Gruden said. “If you really want to dwell on it, you won’t ever get over it. It’s the last time that team will ever be together. It will never be the same. Those guys fought long and as hard as they could. It will sting forever.”

Gruden and Payton have discussed the Saints’ situation already, and will again down the road.

“Sean and I worked together a long time ago (in Philadelphia), and I was involved in a playoff game that ended in quite dramatic fashion,” Gruden said. “So is he, now. He and I will have a couple of hot dogs and a couple Cokes and talk about it at some point in the future, I’m sure.”

Gruden isn't the only Raiders still sore over the Tuck Rule Game. Charles Woodson caused the fumble that was negated, and it still bothers him greatly. The Raiders were awesome that year, and had a real chance to win the Super Bowl if his big play had stood as a fumble.