Coliseum JPA discussed Raiders in closed session; notes

With seemingly nowhere else for the Raiders to play the 2019 season other than right back in Oakland, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority met in closed session Friday morning to discuss the situation.

After the Raiders balked at a city and county backed a citizens-led lawsuit against the team’s move to Las Vegas last December, the team began a trek in search of a temporary home.

The search, meanwhile, apparently only led the team back to where they started–in Oakland–after failed attempts for San Diego and San Francisco. While the Coliseum JPA board made up of elected officials and political appointments rendered no reportable action Friday, a decision on the matter must be made soon. Although the urgency not coming from the Coliseum JPA’s point-of-view, but the Raiders, who need to notify the National Football League where they will play its home games in order for the league to begin formulating its 2019 schedule.

Any new lease agreement with the Raiders, will presumably afford the Coliseum JPA with great leverage. This week, Coliseum JPA Executive Director Scott McKibben told the San Francisco Chronicle that the board’s $7.5 million lease agreement offer is “still on the table.”

RING CENTRAL COLISEUM?
If the Raiders play another season in Oakland, the exact name of the stadium is still to be determined. Negotiations for the Coliseum’s naming rights are moving forward, McKibben told the board Friday.  He added, terms and options are being discussed with the possible partner, believed to be Ring Central, a communication software provider headquartered in Belmont. Approval for the contract will come before the board in March or April, said McKibben.

WHITER ORACLE ARENA?
Next door at Oracle Arena, the naming rights situation is a bit fuzzy. Oracle’s contract with JPA expires on June 30. According to McKibben, the JPA still views Oracle as a possibility for renewing its contract. Last month, the tech company announced it had purchased the naming rights for the San Francisco Giants’ waterfront stadium, renaming it Oracle Park. McKibben, though, admitted having difficulty with getting Oracle to return his inquiries.

HOMELESS CAMP AT COLISEUM
A growing number of homeless individuals have taken up residence at the periphery of the Coliseum site in recent months. The JPA met last month with Oakland and Alameda County leaders to help secure housing and services for the homeless at the Coliseum. But another possibility could present itself, if the board chooses, said McKibben. Allowing the encampment to continue somewhere on the Coliseum grounds while adding services.