Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley says he
believes the NFL is playing cities against each other.
“I hope that we can keep the Raiders,” said Miley, “but I’m not real confident.”
Miley told KFBW that exclusive talks with Coliseum City developer Floyd Kephart are continuing, but cast doubt over its efficacy.
When asked by radio host Fred Roggin about the odds of Raiders signing on to Kephart’s proposal, Miley said, “If I was a betting man I probably wouldn’t bet on it.”
Miley reiterated Raiders ownership wants various public subsidies for the stadium project, which he doubts taxpayers in Alameda County will favor. A proposal by Miley for remodeling O.co Coliseum “doesn’t seem to be getting much traction,” he added.
Miley’s bleak comments, in which he termed the entire stadium saga as a “political nightmare,” was followed by an opinion the NFL has leverage over the entire stadium situation. Miley added the NFL will continue to play cities like Oakland, St. Louis, Inglewood and Carson against each other until the league gets the best deal for its franchises.