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Raiders on notice for failing to pay parking fees to publicly-run Coliseum authority

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			Raiders on notice for failing to pay parking fees to publicly-run Coliseum authority

OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders owe the Coliseum authority possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in parking revenue, according to an audit. If the team doesn’t pay up, it could result in an earlier exit from the city- and county-owned stadium.

The Raiders and the Coliseum authority board expect the team to play the next season in Oakland but the 2018-19 option could be off the table if the issue is not resolved. Not paying the stadium authority the full share of parking fees puts the team out of compliance with its lease to play at the Coliseum.

Stadium authority Executive Director Scott McKibben informed the authority board of the monetary default at a Tuesday board meeting and said he is still collecting data from the Raiders dating back to 2013 to see how much the team owes. The dollar figure could be in the hundreds of thousands. KCBS reported the amount could be as high as $800,000.

Officials said the Raiders have set aside money in an escrow account while the team and the stadium authority resolve the issue. If unresolved, it will go to arbitration. A team spokesperson did not immediately respond to an email for comment.

Last month, the Raiders won NFL approval to move to Las Vegas. Owner Mark Davis plans to build a $1.9 billion stadium in time for the 2020 season. The move has angered East Bay officials, including Oakland Councilman Larry Reid who said he doesn’t want the team to play another game in Oakland.

“The Raiders want to leave Oakland,” said Reid, who also sits on the stadium authority board. “To show their loyalty to fans, they increased the ticket prices for this season.”

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