ORLANDO, Fla. -- Raiders owner Mark Davis said Monday that he and the A's seem to be playing tug-of-war over the future of the Coliseum site and that it's almost impossible to see how both teams win.
Simply put, if the A's get the 10-year lease extension they are seeking in lieu of a move to San Jose, the Raiders' push to get a new stadium built on the site in the Coliseum City project would be severely affected.
Or tossed out the window completely.
"That would make it tough for us to build a new stadium on that site," Davis said during the NFL owners meetings.
Logically, it would be almost impossible to build a football stadium on the site while keeping the old Coliseum open for baseball. That's if the Coliseum City project even moves past its current theoretical stage.
"Well, it's complicated," Davis said.
Davis said he doesn't want to make it a Raiders-vs.-A's situation; he just wants a stadium in Oakland.
"We need to get something -- both of us really need stadiums, new ones," Davis said.
"And there's no blame I don't think between the A's and the Raiders or the city or anybody else. We just have to get something done if we can." If Davis doesn't hear more positive news by this summer, he said he will have to consider alternate locations such as Los Angeles.
Asked specifically if East Bay Raiders fans have to worry about losing the team to Southern California, Davis mostly demurred answering.
"That's a tough question -- I don't know how to answer that, to be honest," Davis said.
Later, he added that East Bay fans don't have to worry about an L.A. move "at this time" but pointed out again that the timetable is not a long one.