Former Raiders player: Al Davis “would have loved” to move team to Las Vegas

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The Raiders — in Las Vegas?

According to a former Raiders player, the late Al Davis was open to the idea.

In a story published Friday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, former Raiders quarterback David Humm claimed Davis “would have loved to have moved the Raiders” to Las Vegas, with Humm claiming that Davis “told me that many times.”

Davis, who would have turned 85 on Friday, had birthday parties in Las Vegas, and a memorial service for him was held in the city two years ago.

In his remarks to the Review-Journal’s Norm Clarke, Humm opined that “there’s no way commissioner Pete Rozelle would have allowed” a Raiders move to Las Vegas “because of the sports books and gambling.”

Ah, yes, the gambling.

The NFL has never had a franchise in Las Vegas, and the odds probability of a team ever landing in what Danny Ocean dubbed “America’s Playground” is rather low, for the reasons Humm mentioned.

As long as there are people, there will be gambling, and as long as there is legalized gambling, there will be cities built around the business of gambling. And as sure as sunburn for those who forget their sunscreen and sign all of their drinks to their rooms at the Wynn and Mirage and the Cosmopolitan and Mandalay Bay, the Las Vegas Raiders will be just a summer daydream, save an unexpected change in NFL philosophy.

52 responses to “Former Raiders player: Al Davis “would have loved” to move team to Las Vegas

  1. “Let’s just get this out of the way,” Woodson said Sunday on the NFL Network. “If they make the correct call — which they did at first, then they overturned it — this (10)-game playoff streak that Tom Brady has? It never happened. Tom Brady owes me his house. I’m the reason why he’s married to who he’s married to. I’m a reason for a lot of that. Everything. Because they overturned that call.”

  2. “Tom. C’mon now. ‘Fess up. It was a fumble. It’s still a fumble.”

  3. ahhh.. the wynn hotel. Very nice and expensive but the sticks up everyones rear are apparently free. Maybe it was just the week I was there. Lmao.

    Happy birthday al!

  4. “None of us on that team I don’t think will ever get over it. If you lose a game, you lose a game. You’ve got to deal with it. But when you feel like a game was stolen, that hurts because it’s a missed opportunity and a chance to move on in those playoffs. It probably burns for everybody on that team.”

    Tom Brady will forever have an asterisk next to his superbowls ( spygate, tuck rule )

  5. Senile dead al was senile.

    And nobody cries about the past like the faiders. In fact, all they do is live in the past. I guess when it’s all you’ve got…

  6. Al Davis would have sold you out anytime the boat left the harbor. It was never winning baby with him, it was about money. He was a deceitful man.

    Raider Nation is a great fan base. You deserve better.

  7. Gambling aside, I feel as if an NFL team in Las Vegas would work out quite well. I used to live in Las Vegas, and I remember thinking how awesome it would be to have a pro team of any kind in the valley. The climate there is great year-round, it’s one of the fastest growing cities in all of America from a population standpoint, and the constant flow of tourists in and out of the city would provide even greater ticket-revenue. There are a million things to do for fun in Las Vegas for visitors and locals alike, but for people to be able to catch an NFL game while they are in town would be icing on the cake. Currently the most beloved sports team in the area is the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team…so if you ask me there is definitely a void to be filled with a professional sports team of some kind. It’s a good market for a sports team, and if an NFL team does manage to set up shop in the Vegas valley than I think they would flourish 100%.

  8. sunburn isnt sure for people who dont use sunscreen – people who live in the desert don’t need to. sunscreen is only needed for tourists who don’t know how to tan

  9. Las Vegas will never support a major professional sports franchise. The local economy is still awful. The climate is not conducive. The local populace is comprised of transplants and front runners. There is no facility currently standing remotely suitable for for a major pro team. You might drum up local support from various entities who would steal millions during the construction of a new sports complex, but they’ve got the impending water pipeline to satisfy their grifting needs.

  10. osiris33 says:
    Jul 4, 2014 2:10 PM
    Just build “Super Bowl Stadium” in Vega$ and have the game there every year.

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    would never happen….the gambling and the fact the game could be fixed or comprimised with players beign in the city during superbowl week!! weather isnt that great in vegas that time of the year anyways…windy as hell and cold too!i use to live out there in LV….

  11. slick50ks says: Jul 4, 2014 2:07 PM

    Senile dead al was senile.

    And nobody cries about the past like the faiders. In fact, all they do is live in the past. I guess when it’s all you’ve got…
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    Chiefs fans have to reach back two decades just to recall their last playoff win.

  12. The tuck rule was a stupid rule but reversing the call was the right call based on the rule. The defense should’ve sucked it up instead of lying down like dogs and crying about it.

  13. What pro team Owner, player, Fan etc wouldn’t want to be in Las Vegas? Pretty obvious

  14. Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft would never allow a team to come to Las Vegas. Since this city doesn’t fall have a team and is not in the area of any team or under league blackout rules we in the Vegas Valley are subjected to Patriots and Cowboys games every week. Both teams were aired here 15 or their 16 weeks in 2013 on local TV, regardless of any other matchups.

  15. This is a story about the Raiders moving to Vegas and Raider apologists are whining about Dead Al, the tuck rule and the Chiefs. Perhaps if the silver and black would concentrate on the present and forget the distant past you could move beyond the perennial worst team in the AFC west

  16. jredshoes says: Jul 4, 2014 4:46 PM

    This is a story about the Raiders moving to Vegas and Raider apologists are whining about Dead Al, the tuck rule and the Chiefs. Perhaps if the silver and black would concentrate on the present and forget the distant past you could move beyond the perennial worst team in the AFC west
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    I don’t whine about Al, the tuck rule, or the Chiefs. I just respond to Chief fan trolls like slick50ks.

  17. In his remarks to the Review-Journal’s Norm Clarke, Humm opined that “there’s no way commissioner Pete Rozelle would have allowed” a Raiders move to Las Vegas “because of the sports books and gambling.”

    “There’s no way Pete Rozelle would have allowed it”?

    This is the same Pete Rozelle that told Mr Davis he couldn’t move the Raiders to L.A.

    Mr Davis said “Just watch me” and the rest is history.

    This guy is full of crap.

  18. I don’t understand why the existance of gambling in Las Vegas means that you couldn’t have a team based there. It doesn’t mean that the players and management would be corrupt because gambling takes place in their city.

  19. The league is definitely missing the late great Al Davis before his last 10 year decline. The league was better when the Raiders were a factor and he was around.

  20. Al Davis was not senile. His legs gave out on him and without mobility he could not watch or coach the team in the manner he was accustom to. His mind was fine up to the day he died.

  21. adoombray says: Jul 4, 2014 2:53 PM

    sunburn isnt sure for people who dont use sunscreen – people who live in the desert don’t need to. sunscreen is only needed for tourists who don’t know how to tan

    Like when you see a hot babe from Arizona. Thirty-Five with a face going on Ninety.

  22. jebdamone says:
    Jul 4, 2014 1:54 PM
    i didn’t see the tuck rule talked about anywhere in that article.

    The reason we keep mentioning it in an article about gambling is because the NFL won’t admit that they, the league office, “fixed” that call… but the Raiders can’t move to Vegas because gamblers might influence the games outcome?

    Well Ok then.

  23. I remember a few years ago I was the leader of the Al is senile charge. That overhead projector from 1975 presser was the clincher.

    Strange thing though, we found out only a few years later that everything Al said in that presser was dead on accurate.

  24. David Humm who?? Who is this guy to talk?? And why is PFT stirring the pot?? The Raiders are either staying in Oakland or going back to LA , stop the drama

  25. Raiders in Vegas ? Man, this t is beautiful. How many coaches/players will be killed for chronic gambling?

    Dudes, another move out of your home town will be an epic fail. The Raiders dont care about wins, only money! Funny how little they care about their fan base. Also, funny how little their fan base cares about them. How many years has Jokeland has lead the league with black outs? How many? Nice support! Only big BAD Jokeland.

  26. It was a fumble, but people forget how good the Rams were that year. No team that didn’t videotape their practices would have beat them.

  27. captainwisdom8888 says:
    Jul 4, 2014 2:52 PM

    Gambling aside, I feel as if an NFL team in Las Vegas would work out quite well. I used to live in Las Vegas, and I remember thinking how awesome it would be to have a pro team of any kind in the valley. The climate there is great year-round, it’s one of the fastest growing cities in all of America from a population standpoint, and the constant flow of tourists in and out of the city would provide even greater ticket-revenue. There are a million things to do for fun in Las Vegas for visitors and locals alike, but for people to be able to catch an NFL game while they are in town would be icing on the cake. Currently the most beloved sports team in the area is the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team…so if you ask me there is definitely a void to be filled with a professional sports team of some kind. It’s a good market for a sports team, and if an NFL team does manage to set up shop in the Vegas valley than I think they would flourish 100%.
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    Captain, you make a convincing argument. Aside from the gambling Vegas would seem to be an ideal city for a team. You should make an argument against a team in London to the Commish.

  28. The issue at hand here is Las Vegas’s historical connection to organized crime. Bookmaking is a billion-dollar business, and people have historically gotten themselves in too deep, and, voila, a blackmail, point shaving, or murder scandal.

    Major pro sports won’t go to Las Vegas because it makes the liklihood of a major scandal that taints the sport go way up.

    The issue is NOT gambling; it’s the Las Vegas gambling industry, and its roots. Fantasy Football does not bother the NFL because it is so decentralized. Even big, nationwide fantasy outlets are chump change compared to the LV casinos. There are not FF “bosses” or “CEO’s” with money, power, and muscle behind them.

    In other words, a player would never be compromised by a fantasy football scheme, but a LV bookmaking scheme could certainly compromise a player.

  29. For the guy claiming that Al’s mind was fine until the day he died; would you care to explain the “Jamarcus is a great playa” proclamation made after Davis had seen how badly Russell sucked? Maybe you could tell us how someone could turn around a blow it on a pick like DHB. In fact, what was Al’s last good first rounder?

  30. Bad idea. I lived in Vegas for 3 years. Aside from the huge tourist and seasonal influx that makes it suitcase city, it’s not a very big city population-wise. I don’t think it would support a full time NFL team. And face it, even if people visiting went to an NFL game, they’re not exactly die-hard fans of the local team. In fact, that could backfire. Best time go to LV is when my home town team is there. Then I can have it all.

  31. 1bigtex says:
    Jul 5, 2014 8:59 AM
    For the guy claiming that Al’s mind was fine until the day he died; would you care to explain the “Jamarcus is a great playa” proclamation made after Davis had seen how badly Russell sucked? Maybe you could tell us how someone could turn around a blow it on a pick like DHB. In fact, what was Al’s last good first rounder?

    Nnamdi Asomugha in ’03 was his last good first round pick. One thing you had to love about Al was, right or wrong, he didn’t follow any mold or trend. He made his own. To say his mind wasn’t sharp all the way to the end makes no sense. You seem to forget all the other players he did hit on in all the other rounds. And every team has stretches where they bomb on their 1st round pick. It happens, it’s part of football.

  32. Should move saints to Vegas. Get them out of that rat hole they call a stadium

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    Perhaps a name change would be in order?
    The Las Vegas Sinners

  33. Funny how the Raiders are always looking for a new city, new unearned cash streams.

    For a Nation that calls themself the greatest in sports, you have sure done a hell of a job in supporting your team. No new stadium, dirt infield, sewer water………….should I go on?

    The Raiders are the arm pit of the NFL. Total embarrasment!

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