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Raiders talking to Oakland again about new stadium

With their exclusive negotiation time with potential developer Floyd Kephart now over without a deal, Oakland city and stadium officials have re-started talks with the Oakland Raiders and will soon do so with the Oakland A’s with the goal of getting new stadiums for the professional teams.

Scott McKibben, the executive director of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, said his talks with the Raiders were in the exploratory stages. The Raiders have given Oakland until the end of this year to figure out plans for a new stadium. If no deal is reached, the team plans to follow through with their joint plans with the San Diego Chargers in Carson, California.

“We’re in the fact-finding stage on both sides,” said McKibben, who said both the Raiders and city and stadium officials will review the information and then meet again in the coming weeks. The talks with the A’s are expected to occur soon.

The exclusive negotiating time with Kephart, a San Diego developer who wanted to build a stadium complex in Oakland, officially ended this week without a deal.

Raiders owner Mark Davis has stated publicly several times that he wants to stay in Oakland with a new stadium, but he is open to anything.

Meanwhile, as expected, starting defensive tackle Justin Ellis (ankle) and backup defensive end Benson Mayowa (knee) will be out again. It will be Ellis’ second straight game he has missed. C.J. Wilson has replaced him. Mayowa has been out since late August. Backup fullback Jamize Olawale (ankle) is questionable. He missed last week’s game.