Tucson attorney Ali Farhang recently phoned Oakland Raider president Marc Badain, introduced himself, and pitched a plan for the Raiders to play their 2019 home football schedule at Arizona Stadium.
Badain listened. Farhang planted the possibility of the Raiders relocating to Tucson for a year. They agreed to talk again.
Before making this call, Farhang got approval from UofA President Robert C. Robbins and athletic director Dave Heeke to pursue the Raiders. Farhang also got the blessing of Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill and Governor Doug Ducey’s office.
“I’d like to give it the best shot possible,” Farhang said Tuesday. “What do we have to lose?”
The Raiders will move to Las Vegas in 2020 but are uncertain where they will play their 2019 season’s games.