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Goodell suggests Raiders could join 49ers in new Levi's Stadium

By Ryan Wilson |

The 49ers had the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Levi Stadium on Thursday. (USATSI)
The 49ers had the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Levi's Stadium on Thursday. (USATSI)

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Good news: The 49ers officially introduced Levi's Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50, to fans and media Thursday.

Bad news, at least for the other professional football team across the bay: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on hand for the ceremony, suggested that the Raiders, who have a year left on their lease at Coliseum and no definitive plans beyond that, could share Levi's Stadium.

"They have to make that determination, whether they're in a new stadium in Oakland or whether they feel that it's best to join this stadium," Goodell said, according to the Bay Area Sports Guy. "We're working on that, and that's one of the decisions they'll have to make."

Not surprisingly, Raiders owner Mark Davis isn't interested in renting time in the 49ers' new digs. Ideally, the Raiders would build a new stadium. In February, Davis conceded that if progress isn't made for a new home the team could relocate altogether.

"I don't want to call it a last-ditch effort, but it does seem to be the last chance that Oakland is going to get," Davis said at the time about an investment group's interest in redeveloping the coliseum area into a "sports and entertainment center." "We can't continue to play in that stadium (which they share with the Oakland A's), with the baseball field and all of that stuff."

If worse comes to worse for the Raiders, there's always ... Oregon.

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