OAKLAND One week after Major League Baseball officials came to town to discuss stadium options for the A's, NFL executives arrived to hear Oakland's pitch for a new Raiders stadium.
NFL officials requested the secret Aug. 9 meeting, whose participants included Raiders owner Mark Davis, team president Amy Trask, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, City Council President Larry Reid and Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi.
The Raiders have been the lone tenant at the Coliseum complex not to dismiss the city's proposal that the teams build new facilities there along with hotels, restaurants and shops.
The Warriors spurned Oakland's overtures and instead announced plans to build an arena in San Francisco, and the A's still want to move to San Jose.
Raiders and NFL officials refused to say much about last week's meeting, in which the team laid out its vision for a transformed Coliseum complex.
"It was an important meeting because it is at a stage where the Raiders must develop a (stadium) option," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email.
It remains unclear whether the league would help pay for a new football stadium in Oakland after it already pledged $200 million to the 49ers' planned $1.1 billion stadium in Santa Clara.
City officials are proposing that its three teams pay to build new facilities at the Coliseum complex. The teams also would get rights to help develop the entertainment complex on the remainder of the 750-acre publicly owned site in East Oakland.
The Raiders have said they prefer to stay in Oakland but want a replacement for the 46-year-old O.co Coliseum they share with the A's. The 49ers' planned stadium remains an option, as does a return to Los Angeles, where private investors have proposed a downtown football stadium.
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Christian Ponder threw a first-quarter touchdown pass in a sharp three-possession appearance, and the host Minnesota Vikings breezed past the Buffalo Bills 36-14.
Cam Newton outplayed rookie Ryan Tannehill in a matchup of young quarterbacks as the host Carolina Panthers defeated the Miami Dolphins 23-17.
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes, Calvin Johnson had five catches for 111 yards and a score, and the visiting Detroit Lions beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-12.
Jordan Palmer hit Kevin Elliott with an 11-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 13 seconds left, lifting the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars to a 27-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
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Patriots New England reportedly agreed to terms with Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps, who played running back at Florida. Demps took silver in the 4x100-meter relay in London.
Steelers Pittsburgh activated nose tackle Casey Hampton and running back Rashard Mendenhall from the physically unable to perform list. Each veteran has been rehabilitating a torn ACL sustained in January.