WILD­FIRES MAY AF­FECT RAIDERS-CHARG­ERS

Winnipeg Free Press - - SPORTS -

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The NFL is keep­ing an eye on the wild­fires in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and has been ex­plor­ing op­tions to move Sun­day’s game between the Oakland Raiders and Los An­ge­les Charg­ers if that be­comes nec­es­sary.

Michael Sig­nora, the NFL’s vice-pres­i­dent of foot­ball com­mu­ni­ca­tions, said Thurs­day the league is get­ting up­dates on the sit­u­a­tion from both teams and city of­fi­cials in Oakland.

“We con­tinue to mon­i­tor air qual­ity con­di­tions in the Bay Area and are in close com­mu­ni­ca­tion with both the Raiders and Charg­ers, as well as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties,” Sig­nora said. “At this point, the game re­mains sched­uled for Sun­day in Oakland.”

Oakland, which is about 70 kilo­me­tres south of the fires, has been blan­keted by smoke.

If the NFL de­cides that con­di­tions in Oakland are too un­healthy to play Sun­day, the Raiders game could be moved to Levi’s Sta­dium in Santa Clara. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has also of­fered up Qual­comm Sta­dium, where the Charg­ers used to play be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Los An­ge­les this year.

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