Oakland Raiders GM Hints at Possible Stadium Move to LA

January 11, 2012

New Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has opened up the possibility for the franchise to return to Los Angeles where he once played for the team as a linebacker.

“Yeah, Los Angeles is a possibility,” owner Mark Davis said Tuesday. “Wherever’s a possibility. We need a stadium.”

The Raiders have had discussions with groups in Los Angeles, as well as with the 49ers about the possibility of sharing a Santa Clara stadium. The Raiders played in Los Angeles from 1982 to ’94. Davis hasn’t liked any of the offers to return. Yet.

“The timetable is yesterday. So that’s where it is. We’ve got to get a stadium. We’ve got to get that done,” Davis said. “It’s such a competitive business. It really is competitive. We can’t compete for a lot of the players that other teams can, at times.”

Raiders CEO Amy Trask also has talked with Oakland officials about the team’s No. 1 preference – building a stadium on the team’s current Coliseum site off Interstate 880. Davis said the Tuesday’s signing of McKenzie as general manager will free him to work more on getting the Raiders out of their outdated home.

Other teams with newer stadiums have more revenue to spend on players, Davis said.