OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) --It may seem like a long shot, but there's guarded optimism in Oakland that a deal can be done to keep the Raiders from moving to Las Vegas.
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Some of it centers on the effort of Ronnie Lott, who is working on a deal to build a new stadium on the coliseum site.
NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, who played for both the 49ers and the Raiders, is putting together a group of investors to try to keep the Raiders in Oakland. There are a lot of moving parts with the investment group and dealing with the city of Oakland. Las Vegas has a head start, but Lott thinks his group can make a big push.
Lott began his quest to help find a stadium solution for Oakland about a year ago when former Raider quarterback and fellow USC alumni Rodney Peete approached him.
The two set up a meeting with Raiders owner Mark Davis.
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"He goes, 'hey man, if you can get the city and county together, and if you can bring the land, or a deal to me where you have that, he goes, man that's really the opportunity,'" said Lott.
Since then it's been Lott's mission to assemble a team and get city and county leaders on board, all working together. He says the response has been overwhelming.
"It's not only one person, it's a number of people who have said that they want to contribute," he said. "Not just who they are, they want to contribute to dollars and cents to this effort."
Oakland needs to get to work on its effort. Last week, Nevada's governor signed legislation approving a record $750 million in public funds for a new stadium in Las Vegas for the Raiders. Davis announced he's all in.
"It's unfair when people to keep bringing up, 'If Oakland does this, or Oakland does that,' Las Vegas has already done what they're, supposed to do," said Davis.
Lott and East Bay leaders aren't giving up. A report in Monday's San Francisco Chronicle says Lott's group has submitted an outline of a term sheet to Oakland Officials, but he says with the support he's getting from local business leaders and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, he's hopeful he can get a deal done.
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"All you can do is make your best effort, your best effort every day, and because you're able to make your best effort, that gives you a shot."
Ronnie doesn't have a developer right now, but says a number have expressed interest including the DeBartolo group, owned by former 49er owner Eddie DeBartolo.
Lott says he's not interested in owning part of the Raiders. He's interested in being a good citizen as he saw how devastating it was to the city of San Francisco when the 49ers left.
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