The San Francisco 49ers will officially begin play this year at the new Levi's Stadium. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday floated the idea of another team possibly joining them in the future.
"Well, we have two pro teams in the Bay Area. Obviously, the stadium issue in Oakland's going to have to be resolved, too," Goodell said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Levi's Stadium, according to NFL.com. "We believe a new stadium is appropriate for the Raiders. They have to make that determination whether they're in a new stadium in Oakland or whether they feel that it's best to join this stadium. We're working on that, and that's one of the decisions they'll have to make."
The Raiders have only one year remaining on a lease at O.co Coliseum, which they share with Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics. The Raiders reportedly are looking to build a new stadium at the site, and they have reportedly been in talks to have the Coliseum demolished next year to make room for a new stadium.
Raiders owner Mark Davis has never been keen on the idea of sharing the stadium with the team's cross-bay rivals, but the team has so far been unable to work out disputes with the Athletics and with the city. 49ers CEO Jed York, however, has never turned aside the idea.
If the Raiders and 49ers do end up sharing a stadium, they'd be the second pair of NFL teams to do so — joining the New York Jets and Giants, who both play in MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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- BRETT LOGlURATO