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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Coliseum Authority to offer next executive director 3-year, $250,000 contract

Scott McKibben
COLISEUM AUTHORITY | Former newspaper publisher Scott McKibben wanted a bit more to fill the long-vacant executive director position at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, but he’ll settle for an annual salary of $250,000.

McKibben, who led the Oakland Tribune in the early 2000s and was CEO of the Rose Bowl from 2009-2011, will be offered a three-year deal, according to the Coliseum Authority, which oversees the publicly-owned O.co Coliseum and Oracle Arena.

Media reports said McKibben was seeking a deal closer to $300,000 per year, but suggested he was willing to lower his asking price. In addition to his experience running the Rose Bowl committee, McKibben was an aggressive backer of a downtown ballpark for the Oakland Athletics and envisioned bringing the Super Bowl to a new football stadium in Oakland.

The Coliseum board will also vote to extend an offer for consulting services to Deena McClain, the current interim executive director, to aid McKibben’s transition.

The issue of authorizing another one-year extension of the Oakland Raiders lease at the Coliseum is also on Friday morning’s agenda. According to a staff report, the Raiders requested extending the lease through the end of the 2015 football season.

Meanwhile, a report in the Los Angeles Times Thursday evening says the Raiders and the San Diego Chargers are prepared to share a stadium in Carson, if negotiations with both home cities fail.

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