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Mark Davis calls playing on dirt infield a “travesty”

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Once upon a time, dirt infields were a way of life through September (and possibly beyond) for teams like the Dolphins, Raiders, 49ers, and Chargers.  Many others that played on green cement in dual-purposes venues had to deal with the seams and irregularities of the turf toupees covering the bald spots at first base, second, third, home, and the pitcher’s mound.

Now, only one NFL team shares a stadium with a Major League Baseball team.  It’s in Oakland, where tonight the Cowboys and Raiders are playing on a gridiron that encompasses the entire A’s infield.

And owner Mark Davis has had enough.

During the broadcast of Friday night’s Cowboys-Raiders game, sideline reporter J.T. The Brick said that Davis dubbed the situation a “travesty.”

We’ve got an easy and obvious solution.  Next year, a new, billion-dollar stadium opens in Santa Clara.  The 49ers will use it only 10 times per year.  The Raiders could use it 10 times, too.

By all appearances, neither the Raiders nor the 49ers want that.  The league should nevertheless clunk their heads together and force them to do it.

And if that doesn’t work, the Raiders should be one of the teams that moves to Los Angeles.

It makes no sense to build up to three new stadiums for NFL teams in California (one for the Raiders, one for the Chargers, and one in Los Angeles), when the Raiders can share a venue in Santa Clara with the 49ers — or when the Raiders and Chargers can share a place in L.A.

As long as neither the Dodgers nor the Angels move there, too.

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104 Responses to “Mark Davis calls playing on dirt infield a “travesty””
  1. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 9, 2013 11:04 PM

    LOL. Oakland.

  2. demolition510 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:06 PM

    How I know this was written by Florio.

  3. natelan69 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:10 PM

    The Raiders offense was the biggest travesty on that field.

  4. rayala3 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:11 PM

    Chargers Raiders sharing a stadium. Just sounds nuts

  5. fredsingleton says: Aug 9, 2013 11:11 PM

    Who cares? it’s the Raiders..

  6. prosb4hos says: Aug 9, 2013 11:11 PM

    They should’ve never have left L.A., just the Coliseum. Crazy Al.

  7. calvinhobbes5000 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:13 PM

    “It makes no sense to build up to three new stadiums for NFL teams in California ”

    It makes less sense for the Raiders to move to LA. They already tried that, remember?

  8. raiders742 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:15 PM

    LA~!!!!!

  9. chicagoraiderfan says: Aug 9, 2013 11:15 PM

    Santa Clara is the worst place to build. No major freeways, nothing. And it’s 2hrs SOUTH of the bay area metropolis. It will be a disaster. Raiders stay where they are. LA didnt support them then why should they be expected to now? Haven’t you read the def of insanity?

  10. shadowcell says: Aug 9, 2013 11:18 PM

    J.T. The Brick?

    Seriously? Like Brick Tamland?

  11. slashrageblog says: Aug 9, 2013 11:19 PM

    I was gonna be all like “but that’s the best part of watching the Raiders play at home” but then I remembered that Mark Davis is kind of a moron. Not worth it.

  12. cali49er707 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:19 PM

    The Raiders had their opportunity to help split the costs on the new 49ER stadium & R.I.P. Al Davis chose not too because, he felt the Raiders deserved their own stadium.

    That ship has sailed & the 49ERS have no interest at all.

    So basically your idea sucks Florio. I personally wouldn’t want to share a sandwich with a Raider fan let alone my teams favorite stadium. I can’t even watch a
    quarter of football with those clowns & that includes half my family & friends. Screw the Raiders & their fan base when it comes to football, I can’t stand any of them.

  13. schmokes says: Aug 9, 2013 11:20 PM

    The raiders are a travesty.

    c’mon, it had to be said.

  14. advocado5 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:21 PM

    Why don’t the Raiders play in Candlestick?

  15. aneaglesfan says: Aug 9, 2013 11:22 PM

    just a thought but i dont think that the 2012 4-12 oakland raiders are that improved to worry about playing 10 home games this season

  16. 49faithful says: Aug 9, 2013 11:22 PM

    Umm no I don’t think so. The raiders and niners can’t even play a preseason game against each other let a lone share a stadium, the Raiders got them selfs in their mess so let them move back to L.A.

  17. ninthwardfriend says: Aug 9, 2013 11:23 PM

    He has a good point.

  18. freshchorizo says: Aug 9, 2013 11:25 PM

    Absolutely ridiculous, Florio. 3 teams exist in Florida. Why can’t they have 3 in California?

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:25 PM

    That infield still looks better than his haircut.

  20. xxakshunxx says: Aug 9, 2013 11:25 PM

    Move the A’s to San Jose and that would help

  21. abbeyleeishot says: Aug 9, 2013 11:26 PM

    Hey Tommy Boy feel free to take your joke of a team and leave town. The only travesty here is what your old man The crypt keeper did to the A’s Ballpark by building that eyesore know as ” Mount Davis”. Im glad ” Alice” and her lunch lady glasses felt the need to build more seats for a team no one cares about. I know the A’s dont draw super well either but al least they contend and if they had a better stadium they could retain their stars. If you took your j.v. squad to Los Angeles then maybe Oakland would pony up for a new stadium for the Oakland team that can actually win some games. Tommy Boy you better tell you Running Back not to screw up Balfour’s mound but since her will pull a hammy before he can do too much damage It should be ok.

  22. raynitschke66 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:34 PM

    I’m not trying to trash the Raiders, but the 49ers stadium has too many seats. The Raiders still had some blackouts when they were a Super Bowl contender from 2000 to 2002. They’d probably have to cover up at least 5,000 seats even when they’re having good seasons to prevent blackouts, and 10,000+ when they’re bad. Also, they would completely eliminate any chance of getting their own venue (at least in the Bay Area) if they move in as tenants at Levi’s Stadium.

  23. dezmick says: Aug 9, 2013 11:48 PM

    No Mark, playing on a dirt field is an inconvenience. Drafting Jamarcus Russell is a travesty.

  24. westof1club says: Aug 9, 2013 11:48 PM

    JT the Brick is a sideline reporter? Therein lies the travesty.

  25. granadafan says: Aug 9, 2013 11:50 PM

    Well, Mr Davis. You have billions and have great collateral in the Raiders. You’re part of a tax exempt league worth tens of billions of dollars. Go get a loan and BUILD your own DAMNED stadium. Stop screwing over the taxpayers of Alameda County. We’re still paying for your A-hole dad’s Mount Davis he put on the Oakland Coliseum. Your rivals across the bay are building their own stadium without effing over the taxpayers.

  26. donshula says: Aug 9, 2013 11:54 PM

    Something from Florio that didn’t sound like a subpoena or a scotus decision is a nice blast to the past for a change of pace from the dept. of redundancy dept.

  27. open1337 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:55 PM

    No one has the ideal answer. Meaning the one that most can agree on. It will take logic. Economically viable option #1.

  28. kane337 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:01 AM

    Oregon Raiders
    They will still have a west coast presence
    Oregon and Oakland is similar in spelling
    They will have their own state and their own stadium.
    Northern Cali Raider fans can travel there.

  29. raiderb69 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:03 AM

    c’mon florio…what do u mean it makes no sense to build in Oakland..it makes no sense to build in L.A. without a team even playing there

  30. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Aug 10, 2013 12:08 AM

    ummm…am thinking that the league should not be able to force any team to play in a specific stadium…

  31. tinbender2000 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:08 AM

    It’s been like this since there has been a team known as the Raiders. The only travesty here Mark is your haircut.

  32. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:12 AM

    It was bad enough that the Niners essentially moved to San Jose (I know a lot of money in Silicon Valley, but still).

    But having the Raiders play anywhere else other than Oakland is a true slap in the face to those crazy *** fans who show up week in and week out, same for the A’s fans.

    I know there’s a plan in the works for a new stadium complex at Jack London Square for both teams, but then again you have Mayor Jean Quan. A lady with an intellect that makes Sarah Palin look like Marie Curie.

  33. sheriffrickgrimes says: Aug 10, 2013 12:15 AM

    Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is an absolute abomination. A proud and storied franchise such as the Raiders deserve to play in a first-class facility. As a Niners fan though, I’m not sure I want to share a stadium with anyone. Levi’s Stadium is the home of the 49ers. Oakland will be losing the Warriors soon (to SF) and possibly the A’s to San Jose. I know times are tough but the City of Oakland, Alameda County and the Raiders need to figure out a way to build the Raiders a new facility. In Oakland. Where they belong.

  34. lafan101 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:16 AM

    Raiders will not share a venue with the 49ers or Chargers. This all points to the Raiders and Rams moving back to Los Angeles. The NFL wants an NFC and AFC team in L.A. The Chargers stay in San Diego and will find a way to build a stadium there either in Mission Valley or Downtown and become a Super Bowl city again.

  35. phillyphever says: Aug 10, 2013 12:25 AM

    xxakshunxx says: Aug 9, 2013 11:25 PM

    Move the A’s to San Jose and that would help

    Unless the Raiders somehow pay off the SF Giants and their BS territorial rights, it’s never happening.

  36. sheriffrickgrimes says: Aug 10, 2013 12:25 AM

    @chicagiraiderfan:

    Santa Clara is 2 hours south of the Bay Area metropolis? Really? Do they not have maps in Chicago?

  37. maiphatdong says: Aug 10, 2013 12:26 AM

    Raiders belong in the CFL or Arena league

  38. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:39 AM

    Hey how about this for a solution –

    Let billionaire trust fund baby Mark Davis pay for his own stadium if he wants one that badly.

  39. fordmandalay says: Aug 10, 2013 12:44 AM

    There will never be a team in L.A. for the foreseeable future, the owners need to keep it open as a ‘threat’ to hold over the heads of other cities to get new stadiums and other concessions. “Hey if you don’t give us what we want, we might move to L.A. ….”. Blackmailers.

  40. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:45 AM

    Some would say watching the raiders play football is…….wait for it……….. a travesty.

  41. schmitty2 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:47 AM

    That whole stadium is a travesty.

  42. phelbin says: Aug 10, 2013 12:51 AM

    natelan69 says:

    The Raiders offense was the biggest travesty on that field.

    – – – – – – – – – –

    What offense?

  43. sgtmoon24 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:58 AM

    Why??? Does he wash the uniforms?

  44. bigtimebrownie says: Aug 10, 2013 1:02 AM

    I l

    I love the Raider tradition, but why should tax payers finance your venue?

  45. 58broncos92 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:15 AM

    Maybe they should just combine the Raiders and Chargers to form one NFL caliber team.

  46. autumnwind999 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:52 AM

    The field is a disgrace but sharing a stadium with either the 49ers or, LOL, the Chargers would be awful.

  47. stevejjones says: Aug 10, 2013 1:53 AM

    Mark Davis? Not the pornstar right? Because that Mark Davis has no problem playing in a dirty place.

  48. raider8er says: Aug 10, 2013 1:56 AM

    How many Super Bowls do the Raiders have?
    Such a pile on, sheesh!

    Mark Davis should pay himself along with the NFL. Get a loan.

  49. marcinhouston says: Aug 10, 2013 1:57 AM

    The Raiders came to Oakland, the A’s opened their doors to them, and the the Raiders defaced the A’s stadium with ‘Mount Davis’ high rise upper decks destroying the open air baseball feel, and now the Raiders call the A’s field a travesty? You don’t come into someone elses house as a guest and then criticize it.

  50. cali49er707 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:01 AM

    @advocado5

    That’s the best idea I ever heard!! Lmao

  51. rohlo says: Aug 10, 2013 2:01 AM

    A travesty would be the raiders and chargers sharing a stadium in Los Angeles… i know ofr a fact the spanos family would never do that ,plus they are both in the afc!!! i still think it ends up being the raiders and rams both playing in LA at some point together in the next 3-4 years ….

  52. poormanspoison says: Aug 10, 2013 2:01 AM

    I bet the A’s would beat the raiders anyway.

  53. jdphx says: Aug 10, 2013 2:03 AM

    Hey aneaglesfan…. I’ll speak real slow for you.
    8 regular season games. 2 preseason games.

    8 + 2 = 10 games.

  54. tdk24 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:05 AM

    Their contract is up after this season. And being 70 million under the cap, playing in L.A., that will attract some nice free agents I would say.

  55. cali49er707 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:10 AM

    @Chicago Raider fan

    1) Santa Clara is not 2hours away from Oak or SJ or SF

    2) Santa Clara has the 101, 680, & 880 running right through it. All 3 are major freeways in the Bay Area. As well as BART(Bay Area Rapid Transit) in the surrounding areas

    3) How would you know anything about logistics in the Bay Area when you claim to be/live in Chicago??

  56. mullman76 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:12 AM

    @natelan69: Enough obsessing about the Silver and Black. Worry about Phyllis and your lowly bolts…

  57. captainronmexico says: Aug 10, 2013 2:44 AM

    Chicago fan-

    There are no freeways in Santa Clara? 2 hours south of the bay area “metropolis”? Do you have a map?

  58. jibberator says: Aug 10, 2013 2:47 AM

    We dont want their kind in Santa Clara, we already have all the San Jose Gangbanger Raider fans here, we dont need the more violent Oakland breed too.

  59. alonestartexan says: Aug 10, 2013 3:01 AM

    Forget Los Angeles, Mark!

    You have a 65,000 seat stadium in San Antonio that’s sitting virtually empty right now, it’s 27 years newer than the Coliseum, has no baseball teams playing there, and you’d STILL be able to retain your teams latino fanbase!

    Not to mention the money that you’d keep in your pockets from not having to pay California’s taxes!

  60. sportnorcal says: Aug 10, 2013 3:32 AM

    “Santa Clara is the worst place to build. No major freeways, nothing”

    What an idiot.
    237 and 101 right next to the new stadium, and an Amtrak train station less than 50 yards away already.

    The weather is 15° better.
    Google, Yahoo, IBM, and tons of other Silicon Valley money a stones throw away.

    Most of the fan base is from Santa Clara county.

    Do your research before running your mouth. It’s perfect.

  61. nflmadnness says: Aug 10, 2013 3:33 AM

    It doesn’t matter. It’s the Cowboy’s and Raider’s…
    Play ball…

  62. deelron says: Aug 10, 2013 3:34 AM

    Baltimore is as roughly as close to Washington DC driving as Oakland is to Santa Clara. Next time a stadium issue comes up the Redskins or Ravens the NFL should force them into the same stadium right? Or for any teams ~40 miles apart right (and because its so great to make a stadium extra generic so two teams can share it).

    Or the NFL should stay the hell out of individual team operations, and owners should shut the hell up when in situations of their own families making.

  63. rooneyruleblues says: Aug 10, 2013 3:38 AM

    I taught my dog to crap in the dirt. That way it doesn’t stick to the grass. Raiders look right at home playing on the dirt.

  64. hendeeze says: Aug 10, 2013 3:42 AM

    Go build your own stadium. That way it can be like a model home, and you can customize it with Raider Tarps.

    – Niner fans

  65. NoHomeTeam says: Aug 10, 2013 3:50 AM

    “And if that doesn’t work, the Raiders should be one of the teams that moves to Los Angeles.”

    NNNOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously. Why do you hate L.A. fans, Mike?
    What did we ever do to you that you would wish the Raiduhs back on us?

  66. db105 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:54 AM

    A travesty is having to listen JT the Brick.

  67. pillaging4fun says: Aug 10, 2013 5:07 AM

    LA Raiders!

  68. rommerei says: Aug 10, 2013 5:33 AM

    oor Mark Davis. You inherited a joke. No city in the NFL wants your Raiders. Not even Oakland where you can’t even sell season tickets to “Raider Nation” at $26 per game (Lowest in the NFL, lower than bankrupt Detroit). Your games are blacked out. Not even Los Angeles wants you back (Rams / Jaguars /Chargers all the talk in L.A ). Your Raiders are not even the most popular team in Oakland or the Bay area (Niners).Worst free agent signings ever (Larry Brown, Desmond Howard, Kerry Collins, Randy Moss, Richard Seymor, Warren Sapp, Javon Walker, Matt Leinart, soon to be Matt Flynn? Maybe Neil O’Donnell or Ryan Leaf are the answer). Biggest 1st round draft busts (Todd Marinovich, Jamarcus Russell, Darren McFadden). Your team can’t compete in the current NFL where they have averaged 4.9 wins per season since 2002. No U.S city will build your Raiders a football only stadium.

    Commitment to Excellence? “Just Win Baby?”

    Maybe your team should be absolved and join the Arena Football League?

    Playing on dirt infield a “travesty?” Maybe find a local high school stadium to host your home games….

  69. rushbacker says: Aug 10, 2013 5:55 AM

    It’s only fitting. The worst roster in the league SHOULD play on the worst field.

  70. tommyturbo1969 says: Aug 10, 2013 6:45 AM

    jerry sees 2 teams moving to LA….

  71. raideralex99 says: Aug 10, 2013 6:55 AM

    Taking 3 knee downs in a pre-season game is a travesty.
    Seriously you have a rookie QB trying to make the team and you practice knee downs … lol.

  72. orivar says: Aug 10, 2013 7:04 AM

    Football is a man’s game and needs dirt. Mudbowls don’t exist anymore and that makes me sad.

  73. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 10, 2013 8:05 AM

    A business worth hundreds of millions can & should buy land and construct it’s own stadium….not complain about where they’re ” Forced to play”….

  74. t8ertot says: Aug 10, 2013 8:26 AM

    It’s travesty to watch the Raiders

  75. greymares says: Aug 10, 2013 8:27 AM

    I guess it could work after all the Giants use the Jets stadium. lol.

  76. 407magic says: Aug 10, 2013 8:30 AM

    Hey LA doesn’t deserve another franchise. It’s already had 2 and it didn’t work. All you pushing for an LA team are a bunch of morons. Ok say LA gets a team by 2020. By 2030 it will have moved again. Waste of time. Those 10 years could of gone to another city.

  77. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Aug 10, 2013 8:38 AM

    I got news for these main stream media people, Mark Davis COULD move this team out of CA all together. Now there is New England Patriots but there are big time people in Connecticut and believe it or not those people have talked to Mark Davis. Connecticut wanted to build Patriots a stadium before Gilette and they are very much still in the hunt.. Can you imaging the Connecticut Raiders…
    Remember at one time it was Houston oilers than it became Tennesee Oilers

  78. drew1969 says: Aug 10, 2013 8:58 AM

    I get the feeling the Raiders were the team Jerry Jones was talking about.

  79. mrbigass says: Aug 10, 2013 9:06 AM

    They need the dirt to draw their plays up…….

  80. rg3andthensome says: Aug 10, 2013 9:19 AM

    I like the image of the Three Stooges heads banging together with the sound of a coconut

  81. concord148 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    What? The raiders want to play at the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara. That’s like inviting Charles Manson and Kim Jong-il to my son 7th birthday party.

  82. GenXJay says: Aug 10, 2013 9:45 AM

    dust off yo n.w.a. tapes & drive-by strategies; see ya Oakland.

  83. rdav29 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:48 AM

    Mark Davis has best hairdo in NFL hands-down. Lloyd Christmas!

  84. tinbender2000 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:25 AM

    Think for once Mark. Your the only team left with this home field advantage (it gets in every teams head who has to prepare for it), and you’re whining about it?

  85. rdrs68 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:33 AM

    Just a toll headline to bring out the Raider haters.

  86. smackingfools says: Aug 10, 2013 10:44 AM

    San Diego to LA isn’t a very quick trip.

  87. getadealdonealready says: Aug 10, 2013 10:46 AM

    No Mark, playing on a dirt field is an inconvenience. Drafting Jamarcus Russell is a travesty.

    —————

    @dezmick – If there was a way to nominate best comments of all time, you would have my vote with this one!

  88. carlsbadboltfan says: Aug 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    Choo! Choo! Hey joetoronto! Those tarps looked mighty purty! But they still won’t help lift the blackouts.

  89. modellforprez says: Aug 10, 2013 12:14 PM

    If Modell “Me” not the idiot owner who couldnt carry a Rooney Jockey Strap was Govern of Cali i would make all 3 share a stadium extend the season a week to give the schedule balance and work it out. this would be priceless knowing how warm and fuzzy Raider,9’er & Charger fans get along. it would be like the Clowns, Purple pigeons & My Stinkies sharing the Mustard bowl or The Purple pigeon nest where if the stadium is in your city you have to allow the visiting have half of everything Tickets,Seats,parking. obviously they would have to build police stations in these stadiums but it would spruce up the league. wonderful idea i know i know.

  90. charger383 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    2 teams in same stadium is not a good thing

  91. radrntn says: Aug 10, 2013 1:31 PM

    let the san jose 49ers have the south bay. City of Oakland /Alameda County should try to keep A’s, Warriors, and Raiders by building a state of the art Sports complex city, with retail, entertainment, and hotels. With the new train/tram that is about to be completed from the Oakland Airport to the Bart station at the current site, all the more reason.

    If not they should really build in Dublin, where it would be less than a mile walk from the Pleasanton Bart Station to new venue at Camp Parks.

  92. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 10, 2013 1:58 PM

    Mark “Bowlmullet” Davis is clearly a man who knows a travesty when he sees one.

  93. blueagle78 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:58 PM

    Mark Davis is just an extension of his cheap-ass Daddy…why would you piggy-back off of the success of another team? That stadium was not built with any intentions of the Raiders “sharing” as their home field. GO BUILD YOUR OWN STADIUM! Figures he’d use the “dirt” as an excuse, though. SMH…maybe the CFL will have you so can BUILD something cheap up there.

  94. criminalelement707 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:30 PM

    I, for one, would welcome Mark selling his interest in the team. I love Al and his memory dearly and I think heirs flushing the spoils of the last generation’s hard work down the toilet is a familiar story I’d like not to see happen with our team.

  95. dablitz2 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:44 PM

    Well, he could put in field turf. It wouldn’t be that expensive and would be a good temporary solution.

  96. rcali says: Aug 10, 2013 2:49 PM

    The fallout for the last decade of Al Davis isn’t going to go away over night. Unless you are a face painter who wears costumes to sporting events, you get what I’m saying.

  97. 1nationraidernation says: Aug 10, 2013 3:53 PM

    the new stadium in Santa Clara is 46 miles from San Francisco, thats further than Baltimore to DC. Based on this logic maybe the raiders should relocate to sacramento, and still be called the oakland raiders

  98. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 10, 2013 4:09 PM

    Man, there sure are a lot of Raider haters out there…it’s amazing how one story can bring out so many dbags ragging on the Raiders and how bad they are…but yet don’t mention their own team allegiance.

    I’m guessing all you losers are rooting for pathetic teams…otherwise you wouldn’t be so pitiful.

  99. vipod4ever says: Aug 10, 2013 8:03 PM

    I don’t live in the Bay Area, but attend 2-3 games a year travelling from the East Coast. The passion and loyalty from the locaks us tremendous. But Oakland has many more infrasture issues to consider a new stadium. The Raiders brand is their selling point ( just witness the passion from the haters.). Therefore a complete break from the West Coast is needed. The fatest growing economy is in the lone star state. San Antonio or Austin should strongly be considered for a relocation by Davis. Particular Austin, who’s growth is among the highest in the US and it is the largest US city without a pro sport team…the Raiders can play at the longhirn stadium until their home us built…Austin Raiders.

  100. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 10:46 PM

    To Mr. Davis’ valid point, the field did suck.

    So during the preseason, why don’t the Raiders play a couple home games at a local location like a college stadium? It would give fans in the area more of a chance to see the Raiders and provide a better field too.

  101. bittersportspills says: Aug 11, 2013 8:19 AM

    Mark Davis is just making up reasons for the team’s eventual escape to Los Angeles. The problem with going to LA is the people willing to build a stadium also want to be the team owner. Not sure if Mark Davis is willing to sell.
    The stadium plan for Oakland is a joke. It would be the smallest stadium in the NFL. Right now, Oakland can’t afford to pay its police and teachers; it certainly can’t afford to pitch in $300 million for a new stadium.
    And it’s a bit amusing for people to say the Raiders should pay for their own stadium. The NFL wouldn’t allow it, even if the Raiders could. A team … besides the New York area teams … building their own stadium would prevent the Jacksonvilles and St. Louises from blackmailing their cities with threats of relocation if they could just do it themselves.

  102. Gary says: Aug 12, 2013 1:47 PM

    MD needs to worry about the travesty his dad has put on the field for we us Raider fans to watch.

  103. MyTeamsAllStink says: Aug 12, 2013 6:25 PM

    Throw a tarp over that entire stadium

  104. clemenza58 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:35 PM

    If the NFL wasn’t going to let the state of Texas have two teams in the same conference, there’s no way two teams from the same conference and division will share the same stadium and same city. Especially when it’s Los Angeles.

    It will be interesting to see which AFC team eventually goes to L.A. Both the Chargers and the Raiders can leave after this season, so they might be competing for the same town. If they both apply for relocation at the same time, the league might have to choose one of the other.

    The Raiders make more sense for L.A. than the Chargers do because:

    -The Raiders already have a fan base in L.A. where the Chargers don’t

    – The Chargers are making money in San Diego where the Raiders are a financial mess

    -There’s no way the Raiders will ever get a stadium built in Oakland where there is still a chance for the Chargers in San Diego

    -The Raiders don’t want to play in Santa Clara and they won’t sign an extension in Oakland unless a new stadium gets built

    -Moving the Chargers eliminates a San Diego as a Super Bowl host city

    -The Chargers and L.A. don’t seem to be as interested in each other as L.A and the Raiders are

    The only way I could see the Chargers being chosen over the Raiders for L.A. is if the league gets overly concerned about past image problems the Raiders had during their last stint there. The league has to put the right team in L.A. for it to work and the best option is the Raiders.

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