The 'Raiders stadium deal' that isn't a stadium deal at all

The 'Raiders stadium deal' that isn't a stadium deal at all

Here are the key details to remember about the new Raiders stadium deal in Oakland.

There is no deal.

There is no stadium.

There are no Raiders.

Oakland? Yeah. Oakland, you got.

But that’s it. Just Oakland. What was announced Tuesday was “the framework” of a deal to allow a group fronted by former 49er and Raider Ronnie Lott to negotiate a land use deal for the Coliseum parcel that currently holds the homes of the Athletics, Raiders and Warriors, in alphabetical order.

Not an actual deal, mind you, with paperwork and numbers and addenda and legal arglebargle, but merely a basis for negotiations in which the details by which the city of Oakland and Alameda County turn over the grounds to what we will call The Lott Group for simplicity’s sake. The real dealmakers here are Wes Edens and Randy Nardone of Fortress Investment, in case this ever comes to something you need to care about, okay?

So that’s your deal – a promise to talk about a deal.

The Raiders? Not involved. As in, not even talking to city or Fortress officials. Mark Davis is so focused on Las Vegas as his team’s future home that he went out of his way to call Nevada governor Brian Sandoval to reassure him that he still wants the Vegas deal.

And without the Raiders, there is no reason to build a stadium . . . unless the Athletics, the fourth stick in this unicycle's spokes, suddenly fall out of love with the Howard Terminal site they overthrew their front office structure to promote and decide they’ll stay put at the Coliseum as long as the Raiders leave.

In other words, your Raiders stadium deal, which militantly underinformed media members will breathlessly tell is in fact a Raiders stadium deal, is no such thing, and won’t be until the conditions that we have always told you needed to be met were met.

And those are, you of short attention spans ask?

One, the Raiders have to fail on Vegas. This can happen one of two ways. Either eight or more of the remaining 31 NFL owners can withhold approval for Davis to move, or his stadium financing plan ($750 million from the state, already earmarked, $650 million from casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who is sounding hinky about the deal, and $500 million from Davis, the NFL and other sources) collapses.

Two, having failed in Nevada, the Raiders either watch the San Diego Chargers exercise their option on the Inglewood deal currently being run by Stan Kroenke and the Los Angeles Rams, or the Chargers pass on the option and leave it for Davis to exercise instead.

Or three, Davis pulls out of both on his own, fearing that he will be forced to give up operational control of the team in Las Vegas and be fearful of being fiendishly squeezed by Landlord Kroenke until his eyes shoot across the convention center.

At that point, if Oakland and the Lott/Fortress people can come to an agreement, you might have a deal that involves a stadium and the Raiders.

That stadium is considered by most experts, including Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, to run in the neighborhood of $1 billion, with the city and county’s contribution limited to infrastructure improvements that are loosely estimated now at around $190 million, to be generated by some new tax or taxes as opposed to access to the general fund.

The $1B would be well within Fortress’ pain threshold, if you buy their $70.2 billion portfolio as gospel. But rumors that Fortress would want a piece of the Raiders would probably produce an issue with Davis that would likely wreck the deal before it became a deal. Sources say the Fortress people know that this problem exists, but the matter of how they resolve it is yet one more gear that needs to be oiled.

But that’s still months away – four, if you assume a March meeting by the NFL owners to tackle the Raiders issue, and maybe more if they choose, as they often do, to kick the can down the road to await more political intrigue.

Today, though, the Raiders stadium deal in Oakland looks sweet – as long as you don’t mind three of the four components being totally absent.

Raiders donate $250,000 to fire relief efforts in Butte County


Raiders donate $250,000 to fire relief efforts in Butte County

The Raiders have pledged a total of $250,000 to those negatively impacted by the wildfires that have raged through Northern California.

The Raiders gave $200,000 and $50,000 in supplies to the North Valley Community Foundation and the American Red Cross to help local families in need after the Camp Fire took lives and property throughout Butte County and some surrounding areas.

Raiders owner Mark Davis went to Chico State, and has a strong connection to areas impacted by the fires in the region.

"The Paradise Camp Fire struck very close to home for me,” Davis said in a statement. “While living in Chico, we would drive up to Paradise at least twice a month to eat at a restaurant owned by the Allen family called Basque Norte."

"Paradise was truly God’s Country. I’m thankful to be in a position to help at this time of need. My thanks go out to all the first responders who risked their lives helping to save others. But most of all my heart goes out to all of those who lost their homes and loved ones.”

Raiders players and staff helped box supplies set for delivery to Butte County this week.

The Raiders encourage others to donate to the North Valley Community Foundation at .

Raiders-Ravens injury report: Jordy Nelson limited in on-field work


Raiders-Ravens injury report: Jordy Nelson limited in on-field work

ALAMEDA – The Raiders moved off-site, indoors and downgraded practices to walk-throughs twice last week due to poor air quality. Steady rain improved the air on Wednesday, but head coach Jon Gruden moved the practice inside just the same.

It’s unclear exactly why the session was moved, especially with improved drainage at the team’s practice fields and rain expected during Sunday’s game at Baltimore.

They made the move anyway, and focused on mental prep for the upcoming Ravens game.

They put out an estimated participation reported after that off-site session, and receiver Jordy Nelson was considered limited. That’s a step above last week, when he missed each practice with a bone bruise near his knee and then missed a victory over Arizona.

It doesn’t guarantee he’ll play the Ravens, but it’s a sign his rehab is progressing. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Nelson’s playing status remains unknown.

The Raiders need experienced receiver help. Brandon LaFell’s on injured reserve now and Martavis Bryant remains out with a knee ailment, meaning Marcell Ateman, Dwayne Harris, Seth Roberts and recent active-roster additions Keon Hatcher and Johnny Holton are left in the pattern.

There isn’t much established production from that crew, though tight end Jared Cook remains the top receiving option.

Leon Hall was out with a back issue suffered against Arizona, leaving Nick Nelson as the primary slot cornerback if he can’t go versus Baltimore.

Defensive tackle Justin Ellis is expected to practice this week and receive a designation to return off injured reserve, but that didn’t happen Wednesday. It could come before Thursday’s practice.

Raiders practice report

Did not practice
WR Martavis Bryant (knee)
CB Leon Hall (back)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
S Karl Joseph (ribs)
RB Doug Martin (ankle)
OT Kolton Miller (knee)
WR Jordy Nelson (knee)
OG Kelechi Osemele (knee)
DE Frostee Rucker (neck)
CB Daryl Worley (shoulder)

Full practice
OG Gabe Jackson (pectoral)

Ravens practice report

Did not practice
QB Joe Flacco (hip)
OT James Hurst (back)
DE Anthony Levine (ankle)
S Eric Weddle (not injury related)
OG Marshall Yanda (not injury related)
CB Tavon Young (groin)

Limited practice
LB Tim Williams (ankle)