NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, sent a letter to the Mayor of Oakland about the Raiders relocating.
According to reports, Goodell addressed the letter to Libby Schaaf, mayor of Oakland California, and sent it on Friday. Schaaf had previously sent a letter to Goodell and the National Football League concerning the city of Oakland and its latest attempts to keep the Raiders in town. According to the letter from Schaaf, the proposal from the city of Oakland to keep the team was viable and responsible. The letter from Goodell disagreed and seemed to be portent of an all but certain move of the Raiders franchise.
“Despite all of these efforts, ours and yours, we have not yet identified a viable solution,” wrote Goodell in the letter, which was publicized by the East Bay Times on Saturday. “It is disappointing to me and our clubs to have come to that conclusion. We have been prepared for nearly two years to work on finding a solution based on access to land at a certain cost, without constraints on the location of the stadium or timing of construction, and clarity on the overall development. However, at this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress or other parties. In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown.”