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Raiders respond to AEG report: “The team is not for sale”

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Tim Leiweke of AEG said that the Raiders were “certainly” among the teams they have spoken to about purchasing and moving to Los Angeles.  It should come as no surprise the Raiders quickly released a statement saying this wasn’t true.

“The team is not for sale. It will remain with the Davis family,” CEO Amy Trask via Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune.

The wording is interesting, perhaps an indication that the organization will stay in the Davis family even after Al is gone.

Compared to the Vikings response to the AEG report, however, the Raiders response doesn’t leave any room for interpretation.  Very Raiders-like.

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16 Responses to “Raiders respond to AEG report: “The team is not for sale””
  1. humb0lt says: Jun 10, 2011 7:13 PM

    This is good news for the three-fourths of the AFC West. As long as Al Davis continues to own the Raiders, there are only three pro teams in the division: the Chargers, Chiefs and Broncos.

  2. emdub52 says: Jun 10, 2011 7:24 PM

    “The wording is interesting, perhaps an indication that the organization will stay in the Davis family even after Al is gone.”

    Ah… Gregg… Al has said before that the franchise would be given to his son Mark. This is well documented.

    At least out here on the West coast.

  3. jgrange says: Jun 10, 2011 7:29 PM

    Most Raider fans who follow the team through internet stories and message boards already know that Al has said that the team will pass down to his son once he passes away. Why is this news? The news would be if that happens and his son decides to sell the team because Marc Davis is not known as a football guy.

  4. stixzidinia says: Jun 10, 2011 7:29 PM

    I doubt the team will “remain in the Davis family” for long. He strikes me as one of those bitter, crazy old rich men that leaves his immediate family out of his will entirely. He’s probably got some crazy clause in his will that upon his death the team will be folded into non-existence and that any remaining money in his estate will be used to sue anyone who tries to use the Raiders name in association with a new NFL franchise.

  5. commandercornpone says: Jun 10, 2011 7:47 PM

    al died years ago. they trot him out late every day just like it’s “Weekend at Bernie’s”.

  6. hobartbaker says: Jun 10, 2011 7:55 PM

    Big hangup appears to be the quarantine period required before the citizens of L.A. will allow anything imported from Oakland to be put on the street.

  7. ironhawk says: Jun 10, 2011 8:01 PM

    I didn’t realize AEG was trying to buy a team. I thought they just wanted to convince a team to move to LA, so they could profit off the stadium but keep the team with its current owner.

  8. benh999 says: Jun 10, 2011 8:08 PM

    Al isn’t gone already?

  9. leftcoastnative says: Jun 10, 2011 8:13 PM

    Sorry to refute this report, and especially to disagree with the “Iron Maiden, Amy;” however, Mark (Davis) already has said privately that he has no interest in running the day to day operations of the RAIDERS.

  10. rundmc81 says: Jun 10, 2011 8:23 PM

    Hey humbolt.. Who in the AFC west got swept by the Raiders last year?? Oh yeah, everyone including your pathetic chargers

  11. seanx40 says: Jun 10, 2011 8:36 PM

    I wonder how the Davis family will be able to afford to keep the team after Zombie Al dies. The inheritance tax will be quite steep. That was the reason that the Detroit Pistons had to be sold. And the Raiders are twice as valuable as the Pistons

  12. crise40g says: Jun 10, 2011 9:07 PM

    Humbolt, you forgot your patented butthurt comment.

    Personally, I think the DisChargers head north.

  13. Uncle Leo says: Jun 10, 2011 10:25 PM

    What is a ‘Humbolt’

  14. jgrange says: Jun 10, 2011 10:28 PM

    Marc may not have any interest in running the day to day Raider operations but, you can look at that in a positive manner, in that he can still own the team, let Amy Trask run the business/community side of things, and they can finally hire a GM. Win/Win.

  15. randysavage4ever says: Jun 11, 2011 12:58 AM

    I’m confused… I never thought there was a question about Al selling the team.

    L.A. needs Al , Al don’t need L.A.

  16. raiderapologist says: Jun 11, 2011 1:49 PM

    humb0lt says:
    As long as Al Davis continues to own the Raiders, there are only three pro teams in the division: the Chargers, Chiefs and Broncos.

    humb0lt is one of those guys that digs a deep hole, falls into it face-first, then rolls over and tries to spit on the people looking down, pointing and laughing at him.

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