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Mark Davis has “thought about” L.A. and “other places”

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Raiders owner Mark Davis repeatedly has said that, when it comes to whether his team will remain in Oakland, he doesn’t make threats.  But sometimes threats don’t have to be made.

With the team operating on a one-year Band-Aid lease and Davis making it clear that Oakland needs to “get something done,” it’s obvious that the alternative entails moving the team to a place that will, if Oakland won’t.

Davis has now admitted that he has given thought to some of the other places that possibly will “get something done.”

“We’re not done in Oakland,” Davis told Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area.  “We’re trying really hard, and we’ll see how that goes.  But Los Angeles is something that I’ve definitely thought about and haven’t pursued.  There are other places as well.  Until we can find out if Oakland is real, then I’m still staying in Oakland.  If we can get something done in Oakland, I will stay in Oakland.”

While Davis likely would say that’s not a threat, the threat is implied.  If they can’t get something done in Oakland, he won’t stay in Oakland.

Los Angeles has been the most obvious relocation destination for the Raiders, since they spent more than a decade there before being lured back to Oakland.  Some league insiders believe that the NFL wouldn’t permit the Raiders to return to L.A. as long as Davis owns the team.  If so, that could set the stage for a squabble that could land in court.

The mention of “other places” becomes intriguing in light of the recent push by fans in Portland to bring the Raiders to Oregon.

Either way, Davis seems to be running out of patience.

“What we’ve done is sign a one-year extension to our lease and we’ll play [at the Oakland Coliseum] this season,” Davis said.  “At the end of this season, we have to determine what’s going to happen. . . .  We just have to have a place that [the team is] proud of to go and play.  That’s all I’m looking for.”

If he doesn’t find it in Oakland, he’ll try to find it someplace else.  That’s not a threat.  It’s a fact.

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119 Responses to “Mark Davis has “thought about” L.A. and “other places””
  1. tincansailor981 says: Mar 24, 2014 6:55 AM

    He should “think” about a better hair stylist.

  2. balfe13 says: Mar 24, 2014 6:59 AM

    If Portland somehow gets an NFL team before Seattle gets the Sonics back, people will be furious and hate whatever team moves to Portland even more than they otherwise would.

  3. citpyrc says: Mar 24, 2014 6:59 AM

    Love that dumb and dumber hair cut

  4. vexey says: Mar 24, 2014 7:11 AM

    I know it’s a bit juvenile to make fun of a persons looks but really I mean look at the dude

  5. afterthesecrowdedstreets says: Mar 24, 2014 7:11 AM

    How can anyone really focus on the content of the article with such a marvelous haircut on display in that picture? Got forbid Davis moves the Raiders to somewhere with a salon.

  6. bigcitysteel says: Mar 24, 2014 7:11 AM

    Cue the comments about the pic…#buckylarson

  7. packerman1968 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:11 AM

    He looks like Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber.

  8. alldonesmith says: Mar 24, 2014 7:12 AM

    God his hair is terrible.

  9. @Cereal_22 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:14 AM

    White shirt white pants, this guy cannot be trusted.

  10. Eutaw's Finest says: Mar 24, 2014 7:19 AM

    I welcome more stories about Mark Davis simply for the laughter that comes with his picture. That haircut… it’s priceless. The Amish would be proud.

  11. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 24, 2014 7:21 AM

    Has he thought about a new barber?

  12. cjnbsc says: Mar 24, 2014 7:21 AM

    Nice haircut

  13. ravensbob says: Mar 24, 2014 7:24 AM

    Move them to Cleveland, they have been trying to find an NFL team for years.

  14. rjfoley48 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:24 AM

    Move the team to a town with a good Barber Shop.

  15. crc281 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:24 AM

    Pic Caption –

    “Turtle, turtle!”

  16. kremis says: Mar 24, 2014 7:25 AM

    He could move to pittsburgh , they need a professional football team. By the way who’s the Amish guy in the picture?

  17. 1bigtex says: Mar 24, 2014 7:28 AM

    Please don’t run that picture of Mark Davis again. It brings back flashes of canoes, Burt Reynolds, and banjo music.

  18. iivil says: Mar 24, 2014 7:29 AM

    I know some footballs fans in Portland have been talking to the press up here trying to raise interest in the Raiders moving to Portland, OR. I for one would be a fan of that. The Raiders would never be my team, as I’m a lifelong Giants fan, but I know I’d attend a couple games per year just because I love football.

    Portland needs a football team!

  19. corduroy88 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:31 AM

    If they ever need to cast the role of Lloyd Christmas’ father in a Dumb and Dumber movie, Mark Davis would be PERFECT.

  20. steelerfan9598 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:36 AM

    Maybe somewhere near a decent barber.

  21. TexasTornado82 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:36 AM

    Wow, that haircut. Makes you wanna watch dumb & dumber …no pun inteded.

  22. fievel03 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:43 AM

    Love. That. Hair.

  23. GBwomenrhot says: Mar 24, 2014 7:46 AM

    Ok, is this really this guys picture, or it his Sister (the Redhead)….inquiring minds just have to know?

  24. theeperspective says: Mar 24, 2014 7:47 AM

    The real “Chuckie”

  25. spkriegs says: Mar 24, 2014 7:49 AM

    Does MD actually pay for that haircut?

  26. billgatesbarber says: Mar 24, 2014 7:49 AM

    Mark Davis is a client too

  27. SWILL says: Mar 24, 2014 7:50 AM

    Nobody can take this guy seriously with his 5 year old child haircut.

  28. pats4win says: Mar 24, 2014 7:51 AM

    The Raiders never should have left L.A.

    and seriously, what’s with that haircut?

  29. edggy1 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:51 AM

    How about Canada , the CFL is looking to expand .. !!

  30. jackn2482 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:52 AM

    It’d be tough to feel threatened by a dude with that haircut. Just sayin’…

  31. samtheram says: Mar 24, 2014 7:53 AM

    Wow, I guess money can’t buy a good haircut!

  32. acmepackers says: Mar 24, 2014 7:57 AM

    Hard to believe a guy with a Dumb & Dumber haircut owns a pro football team.

  33. justsomerandomguy24 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:03 AM

    No team will move to LA, because the owners want to all use the possibility of moving to LA as a way to blackmail taxpayers… It is getting old.

  34. raiders1995 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:04 AM

    That picture is hilarious!

  35. george1859 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:04 AM

    When will this guy stop cutting his own hair?

  36. hendeeze says: Mar 24, 2014 8:05 AM

    Since according to team history, the team was originally called the Oakland Señors, maybe a look at Mexico City would be apt.

  37. djcologne says: Mar 24, 2014 8:06 AM

    I wish him the best but wow….all he needs is a chipped tooth……

  38. chargersdiehard says: Mar 24, 2014 8:06 AM

    Ill tell you where they should move, the CFL where they might actually be competitive.

  39. psychoraider904 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:07 AM

    please tell me this oregon thing isn’t legit.

  40. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 24, 2014 8:07 AM

    If the Raiders leave oakland, better watch out. You’ll see a riot the likes of which hasn’t been seen in quite some time if the city doesn’t make this happy. And these are fans that stab people after a team victory, so imagine what they’ll do when something like this happens.

  41. norseyapper says: Mar 24, 2014 8:08 AM

    Isn’t that pic from one of the guys in Dumb and Dumber?

  42. number1hawkfan says: Mar 24, 2014 8:08 AM

    Is that Bucky Larson?? He should think about Silicon Valley.

  43. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Mar 24, 2014 8:11 AM

    Bring on the Lame Oakland jokes

  44. senormiyagi says: Mar 24, 2014 8:17 AM

    He should think about consulting a stylist, too.

  45. mychode says: Mar 24, 2014 8:17 AM

    Whoever styles this guy’s hair has a sick sense of humor.

  46. tellthetruth1313 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:17 AM

    IDAHO RAIDERS!!!

  47. meatcarroll says: Mar 24, 2014 8:19 AM

    Anyone else sick and tired of billionaires begging for corporate welfare?

  48. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 24, 2014 8:20 AM

    ohhhh did yall pick a bad picture of that poor man

  49. bloodybj says: Mar 24, 2014 8:25 AM

    That is a funny picture

  50. thegrigga49 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:30 AM

    That haircut is amazing.

  51. phuzzball says: Mar 24, 2014 8:31 AM

    Why did they use a picture of Will Ferrell from the “Tight Pants” 60’s spoof on Jimmy Fallon Show?

  52. arodgersgloryhole says: Mar 24, 2014 8:32 AM

    Nice Hair. Had that cut back in the later 70’s

  53. jvillenole says: Mar 24, 2014 8:32 AM

    I didn’t realize that Harry Dunne owns an NFL team…

    He has come a long way from riding on the back of a moped to Aspen.

  54. hscorpio says: Mar 24, 2014 8:33 AM

    Am I the only one that thinks Mark Davis looks like a refugee from the Heaven’s Gate cult that missed hopping on the spaceship in the comet’s tail?

  55. mrneto72 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:34 AM

    LOS ANGELES RAIDERS!!!!!

  56. clashpoint says: Mar 24, 2014 8:35 AM

    Wow is that a real picture of Mark Davis?! He looks just like this guy I used to coach on my special Olympics team. My guy was a champion though, the best bowler we had and he ran the lead leg on our gold medal relay team. The jury is still out on Mark Davis. Way wayyyy out.

  57. 509seahawks says: Mar 24, 2014 8:37 AM

    look at that pumpkin pie hair cutted freak.

  58. thepittsburghkid says: Mar 24, 2014 8:40 AM

    Why are you showing a picture of the kid from the movie Mask?

  59. lanzurrah says: Mar 24, 2014 8:40 AM

    I’d personally love to see them move on up to Portland and become even more irrelevant.

  60. robigd says: Mar 24, 2014 8:43 AM

    He looks like a hybrid of Matt Bonner, Chucky, Coach Gruden, Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber, and Will Farrell.

  61. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:46 AM

    Just another billionaire putting a lousy product on the field yet he wants to extort hundreds of millions of public money.

    NO don’t do it Oakland !!!

  62. vegasgreek says: Mar 24, 2014 8:49 AM

    RAIDERS MOVE TO VEGAS BABY ! LAS VEGAS RAIDERS !

  63. JeffreyAuburnDixon says: Mar 24, 2014 8:52 AM

    He needs to “think about” getting a damn haircut!

  64. edrooneyjr says: Mar 24, 2014 8:52 AM

    That picture. Dead ringer for Jeff Daniels in “Dumb and Dumber”

  65. crisisofinfinitephils says: Mar 24, 2014 8:53 AM

    He looks like Bucky Larson.

  66. tooz72 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:54 AM

    man, he’s a good looking guy

  67. hankstramjr says: Mar 24, 2014 8:56 AM

    Lloyd Christmas owns the Raiders?

  68. jpk6044 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:57 AM

    I hope a free bowl of soup came with that haircut.

  69. godofwine330 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:57 AM

    “league insiders believe that the NFL wouldn’t permit the Raiders to return to L.A. as long as Davis owns the team. If so, that could set the stage for a squabble that could land in court.”

    Damn rght. This wouldbe collusion if there ever was a case. He will fight it and he will win. The NFL has been out of LA since ’95, and if he Raiders are the team that moves bac into that market then that is just what it going to be.

  70. tooz72 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:58 AM

    Portland is desperate for an NFL team, they would do a lot better job of supporting them than Oakland has since they returned in 1995..PORTLAND RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!

  71. jagsfan2012 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:58 AM

    I absolutely love his hair cut.

  72. haterhurter937 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:58 AM

    Wonder what type of bet he lost to end up with that hair cut?

  73. mnsadsportsfan says: Mar 24, 2014 9:04 AM

    Man I love this guys bowl cut!

  74. mangycougar says: Mar 24, 2014 9:12 AM

    He looks like Corky from the TV show Life Goes On!

  75. iloveagoodnap says: Mar 24, 2014 9:15 AM

    You pumpkin pie hair-cutted freak.

  76. shackdelrio says: Mar 24, 2014 9:16 AM

    Does anybody take this bozo seriously?

  77. 1historian says: Mar 24, 2014 9:17 AM

    As of now – 73 comments, 50 of them about the hair.

  78. jgedgar70 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:28 AM

    justsomerandomguy24 says:
    Mar 24, 2014 8:03 AM
    No team will move to LA, because the owners want to all use the possibility of moving to LA as a way to blackmail taxpayers… It is getting old.
    _____
    Don’t worry. If the Raiders go back to LA, the new blackmail tactic will be a threat to move a team to London. Or Oakland.

  79. jasonclifford2014 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:31 AM

    I dont understand how u have so much money & cant get a decent haircut!

  80. r8rsfan says: Mar 24, 2014 9:31 AM

    The writing is on the wall in Oakland. That city is in no position to provide any financial assistance. It’s not a matter of if, it’s when and where.

  81. babygaga19 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:33 AM

    Marky Mark is a handsome man! He needs LA, no question!

  82. ninetysixer says: Mar 24, 2014 9:38 AM

    does Portland have a stadium that could be used for 2 years while a new one is built?

  83. madroaddog says: Mar 24, 2014 9:38 AM

    If the reference to Mark Davis as being one element in the “Dumb and Dumber” was accurate it would be that he is dumb for hiring Reggie McKinzie and RM thus has proven he cannot compete with the big boys in the NFL so he is definitely dumber.

  84. scottyhammer says: Mar 24, 2014 9:40 AM

    Jeez…He looks like the character Francis from “Pee Wee Herman’s Great Adventure”.

  85. justwinsomeday says: Mar 24, 2014 9:41 AM

    And yes ladies, he’s available…….

  86. bbrophy1 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:51 AM

    that haircut comes with a free lollipop if he sits still and doesn’t cry

  87. raiders757 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:55 AM

    “league insiders believe that the NFL wouldn’t permit the Raiders to return to L.A. as long as Davis owns the team. If so, that could set the stage for a squabble that could land in court.”

    I would like it if Florio actually backed this statement up with proof, or at the very least why he speculates as such.

  88. dirtysouthironmen says: Mar 24, 2014 10:02 AM

    Franks and Beans!

  89. hummer53 says: Mar 24, 2014 10:11 AM

    The Portland Raiders? Yea, Ice Cube will love that.

  90. PFTISNOTREALITY says: Mar 24, 2014 10:12 AM

    Flowbee?

  91. pftisterrible says: Mar 24, 2014 10:13 AM

    Portland is not a viable NFL city. No stadium, not enough corporate sponsorship money available in the market, ineffective and incompetent city leadership, strong opposition to public money being used on stadiums.

    If it weren’t for Paul Allen and his massive fortune, they would have lost the Blazers years ago

  92. claudibi says: Mar 24, 2014 10:14 AM

    Sounds pretty much as a farewell. MD knows very very the city of Oakland can’t possibly spend a dime on a football stadium.
    This last statement just aims toward putting all the blame for the departure on Oakland’s administration.

    At least L.A. makes some sense, just like “keep it in the neighborhood”……..

  93. iivil says: Mar 24, 2014 10:21 AM

    As far as a place to play in Portland there is Providence Park aka Jeld-Wen Stadium in Portland, but it only seats like 20,000.

    It’s a long drive, but they could play their first season or two in Eugene at the Duck’s stadium..

    I’m sure nobody would even consider moving a team to Portland until a Stadium was ready to break ground, but it’s a nice thought!

  94. babygaga19 says: Mar 24, 2014 10:28 AM

    Its kinda funny. Raider Nation claims to be the most dedicated fan base in the world yet they cant keep their team. Pity.

  95. whodey420 says: Mar 24, 2014 10:42 AM

    I never realized how successful “Corky” was after television!! :)

  96. r8rsfan says: Mar 24, 2014 10:44 AM

    Portland is tree-hugger central. Openly smoke dope in the city park and more strip clubs per capita than any other city in America. Hardly the mecca for professional sports. San Antonio is a much more likely destination. Vegas would sell out every week.

  97. theageofquarrel says: Mar 24, 2014 10:44 AM

    Hair by Tupperware

  98. nomoreliesfortoday says: Mar 24, 2014 10:52 AM

    Bucky Larson – Born to be a star.

  99. carlsbadboltfan says: Mar 24, 2014 10:52 AM

    Not that I’m an expert on hair, BUT…

    Choo! Choo!

  100. El Pollo Loco says: Mar 24, 2014 10:55 AM

    Oakland is a step above a city dump.The fan base is so great they tarped off seats at the stadium.They aren’t getting a new stadium in a city thats ready to declare bankruptcy.They need to leave LA if they have any hope of ever being relevant again.LA ,Portland,San Antonio ,Oklahoma City wherever they need to get away from that crappy stadium and city.

  101. rlgall says: Mar 24, 2014 10:56 AM

    Never get your haircut at a place giving free hat’s with each haircut.

  102. raidordie says: Mar 24, 2014 10:59 AM

    If the only caveat for owning the raiders was a mark Davis cut I’d do it

  103. tinbender2000 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:09 AM

    balfe13 says: Mar 24, 2014 6:59 AM

    If Portland somehow gets an NFL team before Seattle gets the Sonics back, people will be furious and hate whatever team moves to Portland even more than they otherwise would.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Wow, just when you think Seadderall rookie football fans couldn’t get more annoying.

    On a side note, I give Mark Davis credit for being cool, calm and collected and not throwing a tantrum like most of these owners would.

  104. jeffreyshulenburg says: Mar 24, 2014 11:13 AM

    I love how Oakland is essentially TRYING to move the team and everyone laughs them off.

    Buffalo is actively trying to keep their team, essentially offering to build a new stadium while the team wants to keep the old one and save the city some money. And yet Buffalo is the team that always headlines the LA articles.

    Its simple, if the city doesnt support their team. Move em. If they still sell out games despite 15 losing seasons and -30 wind chills in December, keep em.

  105. stew48 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:14 AM

    Thank you, Mark Davis. I haven’t had so many laughs in a long time. I am, of course, referring to the comments. BTW, no one has suggested Kiev for the Raiders.

  106. mwcarolina says: Mar 24, 2014 11:15 AM

    if any team moves to LA, this is one of the teams that should do it. firstly, they are already in California which will make the move easier and second, they are already on the West coast so the divisions wont look odd like if say the Jaguars moved to LA.

  107. jredshoes says: Mar 24, 2014 11:43 AM

    Portland doesn’t have enough corporate sponsorship? Look at the swoosh on your shoe my brother. The Niketown Raiders

  108. dasmol says: Mar 24, 2014 11:44 AM

    The raiders are flailing, and an entire ‘nation’ of the league’s worst band wagon fans can’t save them.

    Move em, rename em, and be done with them.

  109. ctiggs says: Mar 24, 2014 11:47 AM

    I’d say Columbus, but we got the Buckeyes O H I O

  110. mrauto1 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:09 PM

    At least his barber can take him to the Super Bowl.

  111. axespray says: Mar 24, 2014 12:25 PM

    Captain Kangaroo lookin’ fool.

  112. thegrigga49 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:33 PM

    Is that Jon Gruden?

  113. billgatesbarber says: Mar 24, 2014 12:34 PM

    I think Al’s wife was cheating on him with Craig Stadler

  114. robp628 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:42 PM

    That hairdo is ridiculous….

  115. dsheik says: Mar 24, 2014 1:36 PM

    Its inevitable they have to get out of Oakland. LA would seem the likely destination but some owners dont want a team in LA and have said they would vote against anyone moving there. An wide open LA market has provided a great threat (real or not) over the last 20 years for NFL teams to extort money from taxpayers. Some owners dont want to loose that.

    Its been nice to old reliable: [Insert team] considering LA if agreement cant be reached on new stadium deal, in your back pocket

  116. coachglove says: Mar 24, 2014 3:36 PM

    haha – someone actually called Raider fans “bandwagon” fans. I’m not sure you understand the word. Bandwagon fans don’t support a team that has had the past decade the Raiders have had.

    We are all sick of billionaire owners trying to extort cities for revenue for a stadium. Mark Davis isn’t a billionaire. His family isn’t independently wealthy. The Raiders were really it for the Davis family in terms of business ventures.

  117. ReelShark says: Mar 24, 2014 3:58 PM

    Did he get a free bowl of soup with that cut?

  118. braczey29 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:40 PM

    Mark Davis looks like Corky from Life Goes On. Not sure he hit every branch on his way down but it was close.

  119. badmoonrison says: Mar 25, 2014 4:59 PM

    Hey guys,laugh all you want, but he still doesnt look as bad as the Jags Owner Shahid Khan. Just google him for a laugh…

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