After fan violence last year, 49ers won’t play Raiders this preseason

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The NFL generally schedules the preseason with an eye toward geography. The Giants play the Jets in the battle of New York (or New Jersey). The Eagles play the Steelers in the battle of Pennsylvania. The Chiefs play the Rams in the battle of Missouri. And so on.

But the annual Bay Area rivalry has been scrapped this year: The full 2012 NFL preseason schedule is out, and the 49ers aren’t playing the Raiders.

The reason is that last year’s Raiders-49ers preseason game turned ugly, with fights in the stands, a beating in a restroom and two shootings in a parking lot. Many law-abiding fans of both teams complained after the game that a relatively small number of troublemakers use the annual Raiders-49ers as an excuse to go looking for a fight with someone wearing different-colored gear, and officials from both teams and the NFL indicated afterward that they thought the game was more trouble than it was worth.

So now the game is off, and it appears that the two teams will only meet every four years in the regular season. The next Bay Area battle is slated for 2014.

60 responses to “After fan violence last year, 49ers won’t play Raiders this preseason

  1. Good Job… a group of knuckle head fans paint a bad picture for both teams and for us Bayarians… It’s really not like how the article suggests if your not from around here.

  2. So.. is that worse than booing Santa? Just curious.. that seems to be all anyone talks about when fans are brought into question.. I’m sure it’ll be stuck on us Eagles fans some how.. Let me guess the attackers were wearing a Vick jersey.

  3. If the league has concern over fan violence, they might want to prevent any team from playing the Raiders, especially in that cesspool stadium of theirs.

  4. Sad and pathetic. I went to a Chargers pre-season game last year and had to listen to a guy (who was there with his teenage son) send F-bombs out at the field all day, yelling at the receivers to catch the ball, etc. It’s preseason, folks.

    And, on top of it, the NFL / owners want us to pay full price to see that junk. Looks really great on the plasma tv w/ a craft beer in hand… never again will I be at a preseason game.

  5. yes… Philly Fans are the worst…. the violence that happened last year had nothing to do with the game… it was gang related… and at least in Oakland and SF the fans don’t cheer when a player gets has a career ending injury, even if he is on the other team.

  6. You haven’t seen violence till this years super bowl when 100,000 ticked off Saints Fans MOB fans of the SUPERBOWL GAME. I can’t figure why nobody has caught that yet. Just read the boards and look at NOLA fans posts. Its coming just as sure as daylight tomorrow unless you change venues. Can’t help but see it getting ugly in N. O.

  7. Most people would probably default to saying that it’s all Raider’s fans who are guilty but after last year’s playoff debacle of 49ers vs Saints I’d have to disagree.

    There are bad fans in every stadium but the 49ers seemed to have an unusually high number of classless fans.

  8. Being a Niner Faithful and resident of The Bay, it naturally follows that you root for “all things Northern Cal” in sports, including the Raiders. But I am very glad to see this. The annual contest is just no longer worth it. Now the lunatic fringe on both sides of the Bay will have to find another outlet to show how far around the bend they’ve gone.

  9. What!?!

    Classless raiduh fans causing trouble in a public venue? Say it ain’t so.

    What’s next? They gonna stop selling alcohol at halftime because classless raiduh fans can’t hold their liquor or control themselves in public?

    Oh, wait….nevermind.

  10. Saints fans will probably have bounties out on SF fans when they play in the dome after the way the SF fans were in that playoff game.

    Just saying…

  11. jcupo6 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 4:14 PM
    And Philly fans are the worst?
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    Yes. Yes you are. Philly still reigns supreme when it comes to biggest collection of scumbags and jerk-offs. Own it.

  12. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 4, 2012 4:24 PM

    If the league has concern over fan violence, they might want to prevent any team from playing the Raiders, especially in that cesspool stadium of theirs.
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    Oh…and this coming from a fan of a team that had it’s own POLICE STATION, JAIL, COURTHOUSE complete with it’s own JUDGE and COURT STAFF underneath it’s stadium?!

    A classic self-induced epic fail!

  13. Just move to a different state. Like the state of Canada.

    Seriously all futuristic movies do this. They separate the civilized from the slums. Oakland is nothing but a slum due to the gang violence there.

    Dont forget to use the three seashells.

  14. Just move the Raiders to a different state. Like the state of Canada.

    Seriously all futuristic movies do this. They separate the civilized from the slums. Oakland is nothing but a slum due to the gang violence there.

    Dont forget to use the three seashells.

  15. I was extremely embarrassed last year with all of the things that happened at the Stick, but I kind of like that we have gone from wine and cheese to don’t eff with those guys. I mean there shouldn’t be violence at a football game except on the field, but if visiting fans are a little quieter now I don’t mind. If PFT commentators wants to blast us, who cares…it’s a great place to live and work…I can think of no better place to live in this country and I have been to many places.

  16. there was a ‘beating’ in one of those Candlestick bathrooms??

    you’d think there’d be a drowning with all that urine

  17. There next game isn’t against each other until 2014 so they have plenty of time to call up the National Guard.

  18. nineroutsider- I don’t fully disagree, until it comes time to pay rent/ mortgage. And this is from someone who lives in DC.

  19. I’m pretty sure that the criminal type fans who created this situation are proud that they forced the NFL to cancel a preseason game. That is exactly what they wanted…to create front page news and demonstrate how tough they are and how scared they make decent people.

    In short, cancelling a game is not the correct solution. What should be done is both organizations + the NFL and the host city needs to drastically increase police presence. High Tech security needs to be employed and a cell phone communication hot line needs to be set up so good fans can alert the authorities at the first sign of hostility.

    These punks and bums need to stopped, arrested, convicted and jailed. That’s how we will really beat them. Cancelling the game only punishes the decent fans.

  20. Just think, if this was the same mentality used in international soccer, those teams would have nobody to play.

  21. Not really a smart move by the NFL… now these fans will have 4 years to build up the tension and pre-meditated violence. It will be like the bay area gang Olympics. Wear a bullet-proof vest if you’re foolish enough to attend the 2014 game….

  22. And you people wanna bad mouth Saints fans…what a joke? So the fans in San Fran basically decide who the team plays based on their poor behavior…grow up niner fans or at least attend anger management classes.

  23. Raider fans are trash! There’s a reason the Coliseum is known as the Stench Bowl. It is not just because Al is buried under it!

  24. nolahxc says: Apr 4, 2012 4:37 PM

    Saints fans will probably have bounties out on SF fans when they play in the dome after the way the SF fans were in that playoff game.

    Just saying…
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    The bounties would be phenomenally ineffective though as Saints fans are giant cherries. I was gently ribbing Saints fans before that game during the tailgate and surprisingly they couldn’t take a joke or give it back. I figured that they missed the humid weather from their swamp and that made them upset and burst their little cherries.

    The team’s bounty program was ineffective against the 9ers and one implemented by that cherry, front running fan base would be a serious joke.

  25. What a great precedent to set for this. Two teams that have fans that don’t like each other, and are violent —– just won’t play each other. Problem solved! Way to go Rog!

  26. Hey Saints fan! We gave you guys royal treatment at the playoff game! This cancellation of preseason game has nothing to do with Niner fan and everything to do with Raider fan.
    The NFL security has published many reports that confirm that Raider fan is angry and a little slow. That is not a good combo for sports fan! Why do you think they appeal to this element in both Oakland and LA. Must be the Raider name that appeals to morons!!

  27. What a bunch of morons. Here’s an idea. Play the game but ban alcohol inside and outside the stadium and vigilantly enforce the ban. And POOF! your violence is gone. When is the last time u saw a couple sober guys brawling at a sporting event? It’s the 20 something drunken know-it-all idiots that can’t handle their booze that screw it up for everyone.

  28. Nolahxc- I agree wholeheartedly. The first fan that opens his mouth in NOLA during the SB that the Saints. WONT be in is gonna be in a brawl. Their posts on all of the threads will give everybody a clue. It’s the One thing Goodell needs to suspend unequivocally. Another price for their lying cheating ways. NFL’s worried about lawsuits, there’s a BUNCH waiting to happen for sure!

  29. yea check back tomorrow & you can probably hear of some news outlet to report of raider fan/niner fan violence, they cancel the game if they want & it wont change much at all, its just a way of life in northern california, you can walk your dog down the street,with your jersey on & still catch a beating from an opposing fan!! their will always be punk fans in every fan base no matter what!! i cant even go to a family barbecue without the smack talk flowing !!!

  30. “kodakinvegas says:
    Apr 4, 2012 4:27 PM
    You haven’t seen violence till this years super bowl when 100,000 ticked off Saints Fans MOB fans of the SUPERBOWL GAME. I can’t figure why nobody has caught that yet. Just read the boards and look at NOLA fans posts. Its coming just as sure as daylight tomorrow unless you change venues. Can’t help but see it getting ugly in N. O.”
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    LOL, real fans aren’t allowed in the Superbowl anyways. Those tickets go to owners, so-called VIPs, politician, corporate sponsors, and very very very very small group of season ticket holders. Fans of teams that host the superbowl aren’t allowed.

  31. lets get this right. these gang bangers are not true niner’s or raiders fans. they are really fans of being gang members of the nortenos, and surenos…the only thing they have in common are they are mexican, and they are stupid.

    Although they at least share being stupid with other niner fans . GO RAIDERS!

  32. The violence last year was actually Niner fans instigating but the peanut gallery couldn’t resist generalizing without actually reading.

  33. Being close to the Bay Area, and a fan of neither team, I can say both fan bases are among the worst. The Raiders fans get much of the bad press, but the Niners fans are close behind, and pushing for the top spot as worst in the NFL. One winning season in a decade and they all come back out of the woodwork with their Jeff Garcia and T.O. jersey’s talking noise and starting fights and shooting other fans.

  34. In fact teh Raider home games are docile compared to what goes on in San Francisco. The fans in San Francisco are the troublemakers. That guy ever get out of the coma from the Dodgers game yet? SF fans suck and their security is a joke.

  35. kegrun says:
    Apr 4, 2012 4:54 PM
    Just move to a different state. Like the state of Canada.

    Seriously all futuristic movies do this. They separate the civilized from the slums. Oakland is nothing but a slum due to the gang violence there.

    Dont forget to use the three seashells.

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    -1000 pts for quoting a very forgettable and crappy movie.

  36. racerx1225 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 6:35 PM
    In fact teh Raider home games are docile compared to what goes on in San Francisco. The fans in San Francisco are the troublemakers. That guy ever get out of the coma from the Dodgers game yet? SF fans suck and their security is a joke.

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    That was a SF Giants fan who was beaten, and it happened here in LA. FYI.

  37. What is MORE criminal is the NFL charging fans regular season season prices for an exhibition match.

  38. Granadafan, interesting concept which I must admit you’re most likely primaily right. aka typical fan, costs, etc but I’d still be careful bout what came outa my mouth. Just saying. It was pretty dicey in Dallas for the ice bowl. Lot of upset people for sure. Anyways, I certainly concede to your evaluation

  39. Just to clarify, 49er fans were not involved in the shootings or the bathroom beating. And the only fans who got in fights in the stands were gang members.

    Oakland and SF gang members use Raider-49er games to come out and “represent.” It often turns violent due to gang politics, NOT because your average Raider or 49er fan is violent.

  40. In an effort to promote a family friendly atmoshphere, we are looking to have the 2014 game be an alcohol free game. – Commissioner Goodell

  41. Blah blah all Raiders fans are felons blah blah. Hey haters between naptime and recess can you come up with something new because your jokes are TIRED.

    Also pantherpro if you hate the Raiders so much why do you troll all their posts? I hate a bunch of teams (chargers chiefs broncos pats steelers) but I don’t set my browsers homepage to their page and spew a bunch of misinformed crap in their comments.

  42. YA know its stuff like this that ruins true rivalry games we all love to watch. Its a few bad apples and now the whole entire recipe needs to be scrapped?????? Goodall, hows your 11.5 Mil a year smelling? pretty good for ya? Cuz we down here in the west coast think this one stinks up your whole bank account and decision making policies!!! This was where the west was one and fought for and now a couple drunk idiots ruin it for all of us west coast rivalry die hards???? Its not a horrible football decision with all the other things you have done to insure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again like the beef up of security and etc etc…now this!!!! but what do you care right? you sleep on a fat bank account and could care less about old school football since your what?, 12 given some of the decisions you have made since the late great Pete Roselle. This one really pisses me off to the bone. It “WAS” the best pre season “BATTLE OF THE BAY GREAT RIVALS” YOU SUCK!

  43. Every fanbase has a certain percentage of derilicts that act like fools. It is not just the Raider fans, or eagle fans…. Every team has that element to some degree or the other- if you don’t think so then you have your head buried in the sand.

  44. Sure, Goodell. Cancelling the game fixes the problem. It’s not even about Raiders/49ers fans. It’s Oakland and San Francisco, period. Black and white. Aside from this, give me three examples of Niner fans being out of hand. Something tells me Gregg Williams and the Saint fans are the majority of the comment thread in this article. Still mad the Niners beat you after you specifically set bounties on their entire offense? I don’t give a s*** which team has the worst fanbase. Bring the game back, cancelling it is stupid.

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