Oakland City Council votes unanimously to approve Raiders stadium deal

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Oakland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with negotiations on a Raiders stadium plan. (KGO-TV)

Oakland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with negotiations on a Raiders stadium plan approving Ronnie Lott's term sheet after the Alameda County Supervisors voted 3-1 to allow negotiations to move forward.


A late night meeting for the Oakland City Council happened Tuesday as city leaders take up the effort to keep the Raiders out of Las Vegas.

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"They're winning, doing well," said one fan. "They're our team and we want to keep them."

Raiders fans are making a pitch to Oakland City Council to keep the team here.

The council's approval of a non-binding term sheet will allow the city to move forward with talks on a $1.3 billion stadium plan.

Council member Rebecca Kaplan says the deal is bigger than football. "This isn't just for sports fans. It's economic development and jobs."

With the Raiders threatening to leave for Las Vegas an investment group led by former 49er and Raider Ronnie Lott has drafts a plan to resurrect the Oakland Coliseum into a first class football complex.

Lott admits he doesn't have the blessing of Raiders owner Mark Davis yet. "I think we'll get his blessing," he told ABC7 News. "More important, it's making sure we're doing the right thing for the NFL."

The city and county would supply the land and some public funds.

Dan Siegel of the Oakland Justice Coalition was heckled when he criticized the stadium plan. He says the city has better things to invest in. "It's the old Roman empire, you don't feed the people, you give them spectacle," he said. "That's what the Raiders are about."

Earlier Tuesday the stadium plan cleared its first hurdle when the Alameda County supervisors voted 3-1 to allow negotiations to move forward.

NFL owners meet Wednesday.
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