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San Francisco mayor doesn't want Raiders at Oracle Park next season

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San Francisco mayor doesn't want Raiders at Oracle Park next season

The Raiders are in discussions with the San Francisco Giants about playing their 2019 NFL season at Oracle Park. The Silver and Black no longer have a lease to play at Oakland Coliseum, and took an extension proposal off the table after the city sued them and the NFL over what it claimed are antitrust violations and breach of contract.

That action has left the Raiders exploring all options for where to play in 2019, their final year before moving to Las Vegas. Playing next season at Oracle Park is a preferred option the team is exploring with the Giants.

The mayor of San Francisco, for one, doesn’t want that to happen.

London Breed discussed the matter during a Tuesday appearance on KTVU, and said she prefers the Raiders remain in Oakland next season.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Oakland Raiders should play in Oakland,” Breed said. “In San Francisco, we have a number of challenges that we need to address with the Warriors coming to the new Chase arena, the 1,400 housing units set to break ground in that area, our transportation system and our ferry landing, we have a number of things we have been working to prepare for, and we don’t need another layer to add to what we already have in terms of an area that’s really congested, filled with construction and will host a number of games for basketball and baseball over the coming months.”

Breed also said she expressed her opinions to the Giants, who own and operate Oracle Park.

Opposition from public officials is one hindrance, but there’s a bigger one also unresolved. The 49ers have territorial rights to the city of San Francisco. The team, which plays at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, and the NFL must approve the Raiders playing there. That has not happened to this point, and getting approval could prove a difficult proposition.

The Raiders also are evaluating less attractive Bay Area options, including Levi’s Stadium. Owner Mark Davis is said to dislike that venue, which was built to accommodate two NFL teams. It would seem the 49ers would prefer the Raiders play a season there, where extra revenue could be generated for the team and the city of Santa Clara.

[RELATED: Raiders playing at Oracle being explored by league]

The Raiders also have not eliminated the prospect of returning to the Coliseum, where they have played for most of their history.

Raiders sign cornerback Nevin Lawson to one-year contract extension

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Raiders sign cornerback Nevin Lawson to one-year contract extension

The Raiders officially became property of Las Vegas on Wednesday, and the Silver and Black made their first official move as Sin City residents Thursday. 

The team announced they signed cornerback Nevin Lawson to a one-year contract extension. After joining the Raiders last offseason, Lawson made five starts and played in 11 games for the Raiders, seeing a bulk of his time in the latter stages of the season when Daryl Worley and Lamarcus Joyner were banged up. 

Lawson will enter next season serving a one-game suspension. The Utah State product was ejected late in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Denver Broncos and was given a punishment for using his helmet as a weapon.

[RELATED: Raiders can fill many holes with Senior Bowl prospects]

After opening the season 6-4, the Raiders, overcome by injuries and lack of talent, limped to a 1-5 finish to end the season at 7-9.

With the litany of issues the Silver and Black faced in 2019, 7-9 should be viewed as a good record for a team that relied on a dynamic rookie class.

There are a lot of reasons for the Raiders to believe the future is bright, and they hope Lawson is a part of it.

Las Vegas Raiders formally announce name change, dropping Oakland

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Las Vegas Raiders formally announce name change, dropping Oakland

The Raiders started scrubbing Oakland from their name a few weeks back. Taking the city’s name off social media accounts was the most public step. Then, the team removed the word from the top of their Alameda training facility, where the organization will conduct business into July.

There were some legal maneuverings already in the works, and all that was a prelude to Wednesday's announcement.

The Silver and Black’s affiliation has formally changed: They are now the Las Vegas Raiders.

We all knew that was going to happen. The team applied for relocation to Las Vegas and the league approved it with a 31-1 vote back in March 2017. The Raiders remained in Oakland, with that name attached, for three seasons while their state-of-the-art stadium was being built just off the Las Vegas Strip.

On Wednesday afternoon, in front of the in-construction Allegiant Stadium, Nevada governor Steve Sisolak formally announced their new name. The announcement was made with owner Mark Davis, team president Marc Badain and several players in attendance, including quarterback Derek Carr, right tackle Trent Brown and tight end Darren Waller.

"The Raiders were born in Oakland and played 13 seasons in LA," Davis said. "Both cities will always be part of our DNA. But today, we begin a new chapter in our storied history. On Jan. 22, 2020, we are now the Las Vegas Raiders. And today, Las Vegas becomes our nation's capital."

[RELATED: Mayock confident Raiders' Vegas move will help in free agency]

The Raiders formally will move to Las Vegas after training camp in Napa, when their new training facility in nearby Henderson, Nev. will be complete.

The Silver and Black will execute free-agent signings, run the NFL draft and conduct their offseason program in Alameda. The team is scheduled to play in Las Vegas starting in the preseason.