Mark Davis: Could stay in Oakland through 2019 season
Mark Davis was just given permission to move his team to Las Vegas, but said he could see staying in Oakland longer than his lease dictates.
The Raiders have one-year options on their lease in Oakland for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and Davis said Monday they could even stay beyond then while their building in Las Vegas is under construction.
While not everyone is going to be happy about those prospects, Davis said he’d be willing to offer refunds to angry fans who had already put down deposits for season tickets.
“Not happy, but we will do that,” he said.
But mostly, Davis seemed relieved to have the process finalized and to have a home, after so many years of negotiating in vain with the city of Oakland.
He said his father Al Davis “would be proud,” that he had taken the team to “the entertainment capital of the world.”
But for at least the next two seasons, and perhaps three, he’s going to ask his old fans in Oakland to support him.