The Raiders continue to discuss with the Giants the possibility of playing the 2019 NFL season at Oracle Park, multiple Giants sources told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic on Sunday night, but a deal is not done yet. NFL sources confirmed those facts, and emphasized that nothing has been finalized.
The Raiders didn’t respond to multiple requests seeking comment.
A source told Pavlovic that the Giants were under the impression that the Raiders still were checking on two other potential sites.
NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai reported earlier in the day that the Raiders had reached a deal with the Giants to play in San Francisco next fall and an announcement is expected later this week.
Any Raiders-to-San Francisco move must be approved by the 49ers and the NFL. The 49ers have territorial rights over the city, but sources told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco that the team has not signed off on the Raiders playing there. The league also has not approved the move, according to the sources.
It’s possible that any deal concerning the Raiders’ 2019 home could be done soon. The NFL must start work on next season’s schedule, and Commissioner Roger Goodell said during Super Bowl week that he hoped an agreement would be struck by early February.
The Giants aren’t opposed to the idea of sharing their stadium with a football team. They have hosted bowl games in the past and, per a team source, considered being the home for an XFL team when the league reboots in 2020. Having the Raiders in Oracle Park down the stretch would be a different story, though.
The NFL conducted another site survey of Oracle Park recently, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported earlier Sunday.
The Raiders spent the vast majority of their time in the Bay at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Their lease with the stadium expired after the 2018 season, and the Silver and Black pulled a one-year extension off the table after the city sued the team and the NFL over what it claimed were antitrust violations.
Matt Maiocco and Alex Pavlovic contributed to this report.