The Raiders may or may not call Oakland home in 2019. For one week, though, they'll play in a city that's become familiar to them.
The Silver and Black will host a game in London or Mexico City next season, NFL vice president of communications Michael Signora tweeted Wednesday.
There will be 5 @NFL games played internationally in 2019 - 4 in London & 1 in Mexico City. Details to follow next spring, but the home teams are @Jaguars @Chargers @RamsNFL @Raiders @Buccaneers pic.twitter.com/bi0kDDy9yX— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) December 12, 2018
The Raiders played the Seattle Seahawks in London in Week 6 at Wembley Stadium, after construction delays at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium forced the game to be moved. That stadium is finally set to completed early next year, so it's possible the Raiders could be the first NFL team to play in the House That Harry Kane Built.
Last year, the Raiders hosted the New England Patriots at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Poor field conditions moved this year's Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams instant classic away from the famed venue, so the Raiders could conceivably "re-open" the stadium to American football after playing the last two games there.
No matter where that home game is, the Raiders will be the home team in London or Mexico City for the third time since 2014. They have hosted a home game abroad every year except 2015 during that time.
Now, the Raiders will have to find a venue to host seven other regular-season games (and two preseason games) next year.
Their lease with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum ends after this season, and the City of Oakland announced Tuesday it filed a federal antitrust and breach of contract lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL. Owner Mark Davis offered no comment Tuesday when ESPN asked him if the Raiders could still play in Oakland after the lawsuit.
They'll await closure in the courts, and from the NFL schedule-makers, too. The NFL won't announce where the games are played until the spring.