Would lockout benefit city of Oakland?

The New York Times is reporting that the city of Oakland could save money if the lockout cancels the NFL season. This is a unique situation because of a one-sided lease the Raiders have with the city.

“Because it costs us so much to put on the games, this is not going to be much of a loss for us,” said Deena McClain, interim director of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, which owns the Raiders’ home stadium. “It’s probably a net gain.”

The Raiders reportedly pay $525,000 a year in rent, which is extremely low. The Raiders are reportedly not in charge of all stadium maintenance and game-day operating costs, either. The team has a great deal. But it does put a strain on the city, which like many California cities, is not in great financial shape.

Still, as this article points out, a lost season could help with stadium costs, but the city would lose money generated from fans who travel to the city for home games.

In other AFC West nuggets Tuesday afternoon:

The Kansas City Star rewinds the Chiefs’ 2009 draft.

Denver owner Pat Bowlen and Kansas City linebacker Mike Vrabel are attending Tuesday’s mediation session in Minnesota.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is scheduled to visit Denver Tuesday and Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is expected to visit Denver on Wednesday. These visits have long been planned. Still, it would be an upset if Denver uses the No. 2 pick on a quarterback.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper looks at the overrated and underrated players in the draft.