The Oakland Raiders are currently left in limbo in terms of a home for the 2019 season.
It appeared they received their answer, as a previous report indicated they could play at Oracle Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. But not so fast, Raiders, as San Francisco mayor London Breed said the city will not welcome the Raiders to set up shop by McCovey Cove.
So, how about a joint deal with the 49ers at Levi Stadium?
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Niners are not expected to waive their territorial rights over the city of San Francisco, barring a change of heart at the last minute. So the Raiders' only realistic destinations appear to be Levi's Stadium -- which is in Santa Clara and not San Francisco -- or a return to Oakland.
Update on the #Raiders stadium situation: #49ers are still not expected to waive their territorial rights for San Francisco, sources say. With the SF Mayor going public against the Raiders playing at Oracle Park, SF is off the table. It’s Oakland or Levi’s Stadium for the Raiders— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 6, 2019
This dilemma all stems from the Raiders' plan to move to Las Vegas in 2020. In the process, they angered the city of Oakland, which filed a lawsuit against owner Mark Davis during their poor 2018 campaign.
The Raiders have been exploring their options for a temporary, one-year home, including San Diego, Reno, San Antonio, and even London (!). Regardless, finding a location in the Bay Area will be the best possible outcome for the Raiders before the big move to Vegas.
San Francisco mayor @LondonBreed is not rolling out the welcome mat for the Oakland Raiders to play at Oracle Park.— KTVU (@KTVU) February 5, 2019
"As far as I'm concerned, the Oakland Raiders should play in Oakland," she told @MibachKTVU https://t.co/dn5DBZ5J45 pic.twitter.com/G7QMbnYwqj
However, with this latest report, the Raiders need to come up with something, and their choices are rather limited. Not to mention that the NFL can't officially unveil their 2019 schedules until venues are secured for the year.
Time is running out for the Silver and Black.