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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' Antonio Brown dances with students at De La Salle football game

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Raiders' Antonio Brown dances with students at De La Salle football game

It’s like trying to find the elusive Waldo from the “Where’s Waldo” book series.

One day Antonio Brown is at practice, wearing an approved helmet and smiling with teammates. Another day, he’s off fighting the NFL trying to receive a grievance allowing to wear the same helmet he's had for the past decade.

Friday night, however, AB was in Concord checking out the nationally ranked football matchup between Florida’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School and De La Salle High School.

Brown is from the South Florida area, but did not play at the highly-regarded St. Thomas Aquinas program.

The Raiders won their third preseason game Thursday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada against the Packers, although the All-Pro receiver did not suit up.

He even jumped in on the ESPNU broadcast of the high school game, answering some questions as the first half wound down.

The man knows how to find attention, as he has been far and away the biggest storyline throughout training camp with the Silver and Black. To add to the drama, HBO’s “Hard Knocks” crew has been following AB everywhere and capturing every moment. 

[RELATED: Source: Raiders' Antonio Brown has second helmet grievance heard]

Raiders fans will have to wait to see No. 84 in uniform, as he will almost certainly be held out of the team’s final preseason game next week in Seattle.

Onion's Derek Carr-Antonio Brown 'article' hilariously addresses Raiders drama

Onion's Derek Carr-Antonio Brown 'article' hilariously addresses Raiders drama

The Raiders have been nothing short of a headline for "The Onion" before the regular season has even started.

Frost-bitten feet in France? Check. Refusing to wear a helmet? Check. Being sued by a chef? Check. 

All three stories have revolved around one player, too: Antonio Brown.

Now AB and his quarterback, Derek Carr, are being made into stories for the satirical website. Here's the headline: Derek Carr Distraught After Reading ‘Hard Knocks’ Script Where He Stabs Antonio Brown In Season Finale.

And here's a snippet of what the site wrote with a fake Carr quote': “I know the showrunners have been setting up AB’s downfall, but it is still hard to know that I’m going to drive a knife right into his heart,” said Carr, tearfully recalling his role as one of Brown’s biggest supporters in the locker room before his inevitable betrayal of the increasingly unhinged wide receiver."

[RELATED: AB jabs Steelers over 'Hard Knocks' Pittsburgh viewership]

It's hard to tell fiction from reality sometimes with this team. In this case, yes, it's satire. 

We can all use a good laugh here and there, because, hey who knows what Brown will do next.