The Raiders are the only Oakland-based sports franchise that seems willing to commit long term to Oakland and its Coliseum City proposal. The plan is pretty much the only hope at present for those who don’t want to see The Town completely abandoned by professional sports.
But the question has always been about how the far-from-finalized project would be funded. It’s a question that today still has no clear answer. And, according to a report in the Oakland Tribune, matters on that front aren’t getting much easier:
[T]he Raiders can’t depend on the NFL chipping in for a new stadium in Oakland, as it did for the 49ers in Santa Clara, unless the team generates more fan and corporate support, City Administrator Deanna Santana and Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell told stadium boosters at a gathering Monday evening.
They said that the league is concerned with the gulf between what the 49ers have been able to charge for premium seating at its future stadium and what the Raiders h...