Amy Trask Believes Raiders Will Stay In Oakland In 2019

The Raiders could play their final game at Oakland Coliseum next week

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December 17, 2018 - 12:27 pm

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The Oakland Raiders could play their final game at Oakland Coliseum on Monday. They just don’t know.

And neither do fans.

Indeed, the Raiders will move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season but do not have a lease to play anywhere in 2019. Throw in an antitrust lawsuit against the Raiders – filed by the city of Oakland – and things get real dicey real quick. 

“I would not be the least bit surprised if the team does remain in Oakland next year,” CBS Sports Network’s Amy Trask said on The DA Show. “That’s not to suggest it will. I don’t know if it will. But to those who have suggested that because the city has sued the organization, the organization can’t remain – I would say that’s not correct. . . . From a cash-flow standpoint in terms of selling tickets, the team’s got to make the decision quickly. From a logistical and operational perspective, staying in Oakland makes a lot of sense, and it would be the right thing to do for the fans in that area.”

The Raiders (3-11) host the Broncos (6-8) next Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET before closing the season in Kansas City (11-3) on Dec. 30. The franchise might not decide – or divulge – its 2019 plans until afterward.

“If the decision is to leave, they’re not going to announce that – I don’t believe – before Christmas Eve,” Trask said. “Why would you do that before the game? If they do know for sure that they’re going to stay, then they should announce it immediately. I believe it is very likely that the team stays. It is very hard operationally to be living in one place and playing games in another. We did that when Al (Davis) moved the team from Los Angeles to Oakland, and our first year back in Oakland, we lived in L.A., we practiced in L.A., and every single game required a plane flight. That’s tough on a team. It’s a competitive disadvantage – or it can be. I think it’s likely the team stays in Oakland, but we’ll see how it plays out.”

As it stands, Raiders fans may not may not attend their final game at Oakland Coliseum next week. They likely won’t know until after the fact, either. As D.A. wrote, it’s a sad state of affairs for one of the most rabid fan bases in football.

“I do believe there was a solution to be found,” Trask said, “but I do want to underscore Oakland is tough to deal with, not necessarily because they intended to be tough. I’m not saying tough in a negotiating standpoint. There just wasn’t a lot of clarity in a number of situations. But do I believe there was a solution to be found in Oakland? Yes, I do. Solutions take compromises. They take compromises by everyone.”