Oakland City Leaders Running No-Huddle Offense in Fight For Raiders

Mayor, council meet in closed session to consider stadium proposal by Ronnie Lott and his investor group

Even as Oakland city leaders huddled up Tuesday, they began their no-huddle offense in the push to keep the Raiders in Oakland.

In a closed session Tuesday, Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Council members discussed a Raiders stadium proposal spearheaded by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and his group of investors. The group has laid out plans to build a privately financed stadium at the Coliseum site.

If the council gives the proposal the green light, it is expected to vote on it next Wednesday in a closed session. City Councilman Larry Reid told NBC Bay Area he's optimistic about the deal.

Meanwhile, the NFL is watching closely. If Oakland can come up with a viable stadium plan, the league office could sway the other 31 team owners to vote down a deal the Raiders have to move to Las Vegas.

Lott has reached out to several prominent Silicon Valley money men, including Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Vinod Khosla, a venture capitalist who is also a co-founder of Sun Microsystems. He also has consulted with Gideon Yu, the point man of the Levi's Stadium deal for the 49ers.

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