Marshawn Lynch To Be Co Owner Of New Oakland Arena Football Team

Despite the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas next season, the town won't be without a football team.

On Tuesday, it was announced that former Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has co-founded and will co-own the Oakland Panthers, who will play in the Indoor Football League. The team is set to play at the former Oracle Arena, where the Golden State Warriors called home before moving to the Chase Center in San Francisco.

Lynch has co-founded and will co-own an indoor football team — the Oakland Panthers — which will begin play at the Oakland Arena (formerly Oracle Arena) this spring.

The Panthers — a nod to Oakland's Black Panthers history of the 1960s — will be a member of the Indoor Football League. The team will formally announce its ownership group, name, and head coach, former Piedmont High head coach and A-11 offense co-creator Kurt Bryan, at a Tuesday press conference.

Lynch wanted to remain with the Raiders until the team left town for Las Vegas. That wound up not happening, and instead he is making sure Oakland still has a football team that they can support.

"My whole intention was to come back and play with them until they left," Lynch said. "[Arena football] wasn't something I was looking at — not even a little bit. But when the opportunity presented itself — I'm a big dude on believing in timing and (stuff). This, at the time, really made sense."

Marshawn Lynch To Be Co Owner Of New Oakland Arena Football Team

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Marshawn Lynch To Be Co Owner Of New Oakland Arena Football Team

Marshawn Lynch To Be Co Owner Of New Oakland Arena Football Team

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Marshawn Lynch To Be Co Owner Of New Oakland Arena Football Team

Marshawn Lynch To Be Co Owner Of New Oakland Arena Football Team

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Marshawn Lynch To Be Co Owner Of New Oakland Arena Football Team