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Mark Davis wants to make sure Los Angeles knows he’s there

Reggie McKenzie, Mark Davis AP

As the Raiders continue to look for a home beyond the expiration of their existing lease in Oakland, owner Mark Davis continues to expand the search.

With the Raiders practicing against the Cowboys this week, Davis took the opportunity to remind the locals that he might not bringing his team back.

I think we’d be well received if we ever moved back (to Los Angeles), Raiders nation is strong in SoCal,” Davis said, via Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News.

The Raiders are a natural thought to fill the void that is Los Angeles, but they’re probably not the only team that wants to tap into gold mine.

Finding a stadium solution will continue to be the hurdle for L.A., and the Raiders want to make sure they’re able to fill it if it’s ever built.

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  1. stevejjones says: Aug 14, 2014 4:47 PM

    Mark Davis has done a lot of work in the LA area. I think they call it the Golden Age.

  2. fordmandalay says: Aug 14, 2014 4:48 PM

    As a self-appointed spokesman for L.A., I’d just like to tell Mr. Davis; stay the Hell away. Thank you, that is all.

  3. jjb0811 says: Aug 14, 2014 4:48 PM

    Vegas should be there calling. Could still stay in AFC West, plenty of fan support out there and zero state tax.

  4. cuttyplease says: Aug 14, 2014 4:48 PM

    The more Mark Davis is in the headlines, the worse it is for the Raiders.

  5. thirstymofo says: Aug 14, 2014 4:52 PM

    As a Raiders fan: Get new ownership, become relevant in the NFL, and in a few years, cities will welcome you with open arms. This team is not “snakebit”, it’s Davisbit!

  6. ravenmadnky says: Aug 14, 2014 4:52 PM

    The second largest city in the country and they rarely sold out a Rams or Raiders. The NFL just needs to face reality. LA is just not interested in the NFL. Go to San Antonio. They are football crazy there and will welcome the Raiders with open arms and wallets.

  7. scrp2 says: Aug 14, 2014 4:53 PM

    Next week, Mark will be in Alaska to float the idea of the Juneau Raiders and the new Ice Bowl.

  8. eljefedelmundo says: Aug 14, 2014 4:57 PM

    Play at Venice!

    Football is already played on grass, plastic, snow and ice. Why not offer the sand option?

  9. ampats says: Aug 14, 2014 4:57 PM

    Build a stadium for use like MetLife, move the Rams from the NFC & Raiders AFC.

    Makes the most sense as both teams have roots in LA. Problem solved.

  10. simonator917 says: Aug 14, 2014 5:00 PM

    Dear Mark,

    I, for one, would love if you came back home to L.A. You could add your teams to America’s City of Champions!

  11. reptar310 says: Aug 14, 2014 5:02 PM

    Portland.

  12. rohlo says: Aug 14, 2014 5:05 PM

    ravenmadnky says:Aug 14, 2014 4:52 PM

    The second largest city in the country and they rarely sold out a Rams or Raiders. The NFL just needs to face reality. LA is just not interested in the NFL. Go to San Antonio. They are football crazy there and will welcome the Raiders with open arms and wallets.

    ___________

    Im not a raiturds fan, but u do realize they played in the colliseum when in LA and it holds over 100,000 people..no team would sell that out!! Davis team value will lose money if going to san antonio from cali..larger media markets and money. SA isnt happening they are being used as a pawn in this game!

  13. raid2055 says: Aug 14, 2014 5:09 PM

    I wish people stop talking about how Los Angeles didn’t sell out the stadiums when the Rams and Raiders was there over twenty years ago. Today is a different NFL. Going to the game is not just about the game that is on the field. Today’s NFL is more about business and experience than it is about the sport. The Raiders wouldn’t have a problem selling out the game, and neither would any other team that moves to the second largest market. As a Raider fan I would love for the city of Oakland to get their Act together, but I really feel Mark Davis is tired of dealing with the same people that promised his father a new stadium 35 years ago. Take them to LA if you can Mark. I will continue to support the Only Nation that Matters! Raider Nation to the end!

  14. kd75 says: Aug 14, 2014 5:15 PM

    Why does the NFL keep punching themselves in the face over this LA pipe dream?

    They tried it THREE TIMES and the people in LA just don’t care. Nobody in LA is from LA. They are already fans of other teams.

  15. kingokra says: Aug 14, 2014 5:20 PM

    Minneapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and Jacksonville have pro football stadiums without pro football teams. Those seem like good places for the Raiders to relocate.

  16. r8rsfan says: Aug 14, 2014 5:24 PM

    Just Win Baby. It’s the solution for everything that ails this franchise. Winning really does cure everything.

  17. rocoop says: Aug 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    Hi Mark, Los Angeles here, not interested…Take your dumpster fire, crap franchise somewhere else….CHOO CHOO

  18. dannymac17 says: Aug 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    Please stay away.

  19. gbart22 says: Aug 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    If not expansion which the nfl will eventually do because the draw of money is just too powerful than the raiders or chargers are the best fit for LA hands down.

  20. dasmol says: Aug 14, 2014 5:46 PM

    I’d feel sorry for Raider fans if they weren’t so bandwagon.

  21. badmoonrison says: Aug 14, 2014 5:48 PM

    They can move to Hawaii for all I care, I will still support them like I have since I was wearing underoos in 1982. I bet there aint too many guys that remember those.

  22. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 14, 2014 5:49 PM

    kd75 says:
    Aug 14, 2014 5:15 PM
    Why does the NFL keep punching themselves in the face over this LA pipe dream?

    They tried it THREE TIMES and the people in LA just don’t care. Nobody in LA is from LA. They are already fans of other teams
    ________________

    LA matters in this country. We have flyover states that have teams and not the second best market in the country. That’s just bad/stupid business.

  23. NoHomeTeam says: Aug 14, 2014 5:53 PM

    I think Mark Davis’ team could be “well received” here.

    If that team relocated using the Ravens model.

    That’s leaving behind the name, the records, the logos, and the colors. Arrive like an expansion team.

    There’s just too much baggage that goes along with The Raiduhs identity. The glory days are long gone; what remains is mostly negative. The image of the team itself has for many years now been one of futility and incompetence. And for many, the term “Raider Fan” elicits the same kind of reaction as “Pit Bull.”

    Now, before the flames start: Are most Raider fans good people? Probably. Is the violent nature of certain dog breeds exaggerated? Again, probably. But ask yourself: don’t you pull your kid in a little closer if you see somebody walking toward you with a Pit Bull on a leash? (I expect many calm, rational replies from from Pit Bull-owning Raider fans).

    If a team is going to make it here, it’s going to have to sell both the ticket-buying public and image-conscious corporate sponsors that a) it can be a winner soon, and b) that going to game is going to be a fun, safe experience for all. It’s not a reach to say that “The Raiders” would be handicapped on both points.

    Do I think that Mark Davis would leave the identity behind? No, of course not; it’s his father’s legacy. But he shouldn’t be surprised if the welcome mat isn’t as plush as he thinks it should be.

  24. tinbender2000 says: Aug 14, 2014 6:03 PM

    badmoonrison says: Aug 14, 2014 5:48 PM

    They can move to Hawaii for all I care, I will still support them like I have since I was wearing underoos in 1982. I bet there aint too many guys that remember those.
    ————————————————————-
    I was watching them in cloth diapers in the late Fifties, remember them?

  25. greg2geez says: Aug 14, 2014 6:04 PM

    If LA was such an NFL gold mine there would be team(s) there now. But don’t let facts get in the way of ginning up news.

  26. sisqsage says: Aug 14, 2014 6:14 PM

    There has to be a ton of Supercuts in SoCal. They’d love a crack at trying to fix those bangs.

  27. fordmandalay says: Aug 14, 2014 6:19 PM

    The second largest city in the country and they rarely sold out a Rams or Raiders. The NFL just needs to face reality. LA is just not interested in the NFL
    —————————————————————
    They played in the Colosseum, which seats 120,000 people. For games they would reduce the seating to 75,000. How many cities now have or sell out 75,000 seat stadiums? The Colisseum was also the worst, most uncomfortable stadium in major sports, set in the most crime-ridden part of the city. BOTH teams had good attendance but left for the same reason the Colts and Browns left – greedy owners who got sweetheart offers. Explain to me how the Lakers, Dodgers and Kings have been some of the most popular teams for decades if L.A. won’t support pro teams?

  28. longsufferingkcfan says: Aug 14, 2014 6:20 PM

    As I’ve said before, the 90% of Angelinos who are not Raider fans don’t want them here because of the fanbase. Of course they have a lot of fans here already but our concern is that right times a year we’ll have the fans (who typically include the dregs of society) from Oakland, Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton, and the rest of the state descending on our city and no one wants that. We’ll take literally any other team (including the Chargers for those who think my opinion is based on being a KC fan). The only way that we will take the Raiders here is if they change the team name and colors.

  29. noleitup says: Aug 14, 2014 6:28 PM

    I think I finally understand the situation. The NFL wants to put a team in LA but because the raiders have sucked for so long and have not shown any significant improvement, the league won’t let them move back. I just don’t think the people of LA will support a crappy team.

  30. gawdyourteamsucks says: Aug 14, 2014 6:33 PM

    How hard is it to proof read an article?

  31. chargrz says: Aug 14, 2014 6:44 PM

    The problem is where to build as LA is solid concrete. Takes a lot of land and there is not much left.

  32. dougydougdoug says: Aug 14, 2014 6:47 PM

    ravenmadnky says: Aug 14, 2014 4:52 PM

    The second largest city in the country and they rarely sold out a Rams or Raiders. The NFL just needs to face reality. LA is just not interested in the NFL. Go to San Antonio. They are football crazy there and will welcome the Raiders with open arms and wallets.

    – – –

    Entirely incorrect. Los Angeles is one of the number oe markets for the NFL – even beating New York metro in many TV demographics. The difference, though, in Southern California, is that those fans mostly herald from other parts of the U.S. – and bring with them their life-long allegiances to their former home-town teams. So, it’s difficult to get them to pony up the substantial amount of money (and time commitment) to go watch a new team, even if that team is in their new home town.

    That being said, the Rams and Raiders left LA a very long time ago, and I think that the entire climate has changed in the past decades, where almost any pro team would totally thrive here now. Granted, that team will be off to a much better start, if it’s NOT the Raiders. Ideally, the Rams will come back home.

  33. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 14, 2014 7:20 PM

    Time to re-brand the team and lose the tradition of incompetence. Ladies and gentlemen: The new San Antonio Gunslingers!

  34. radrntn says: Aug 14, 2014 7:30 PM

    bottom line….he is in the drivers seat…..I think as long as Carol is still alive , no way they leave Nor Cal…..with that said it does seem like colony capital and their O CO city is dragging along, and the longer it takes it becomes more of a pipe dream than reality.

    Go Raiders. Go Schuab!

  35. oaktowngreek says: Aug 14, 2014 8:08 PM

    Hey LA raider fans, once again you guys are logging on casting thumbs up on your own pathetic comments to bring them back south. I guess when you’re on house arrest, there is not much to do. Oakland Raiders 4ever!!

  36. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 14, 2014 8:13 PM

    The blue and green are the new silver and black.

  37. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 14, 2014 8:46 PM

    It’s amusing that the narrative has evolved from wondering IF the Raiders are moving to wondering where they’ll be AFTER the upcoming move.
    Another move and I’m done. Raider fan since 1970 or thereabouts.
    I’ll find another way to spend Sundays. And save money in the process.

  38. dougydouglikeslittleboys says: Aug 14, 2014 8:49 PM

    NY TV market is the largest TV marke, plain and simple…that is a fact LA is # 2 that is a fact, and totally correct statement……as far as nobody being from Southern Ca, that live in Southern Ca, and that it is a highly transient area, is also incorrect…What is correct is that Ca is 14th in the nation in population growth so people are moving there, but plenty are still staying there.

    ease up hater.

  39. rajbais says: Aug 14, 2014 9:06 PM

    That should not be the issue. The issue should be that the Raiders need to look like a team that would be willing to make it work.

    As for the NFL, it needs to back off and not give a damn about the Raiders. The Raiders are better off back in LA than roger gooDell is as the commissioner. After all, why worry about which team goes back to Los Angeles when you have a PR problem with the ray rice situation??

  40. laylow47 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:09 PM

    Move to Reno,NV

  41. El Pollo Loco says: Aug 14, 2014 9:32 PM

    The only time I see raider gear is on some gang banger with tear drop tats on his face.Its time for the nfl and the raiders to retire the logo and start fresh in LA.The whole domestic violence /off the field violence issue has left a black mark on the nfl and goodell.Time to move the Raiders to LA and rename them the Stallions or something else native to Socal like the Mickey Mouses and bury the pirate in the eye patch forever .

  42. vltrophy14 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:27 PM

    Packers could sell the LA stadium out no problem. We have 110k people on the waiting list. If Lambeau Field could hold 100 or 120k people Packers would definately sell it out

  43. eceverett66 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:40 PM

    A change of scenery is due. Considering the necessity of keeping the Raiders in the West, Vegas has to top the list of possible destinations. The killer there may be the tourist factor, turning an NFL game into another “act” on the strip, so to speak. I doubt the NFL wants to compete with the Casinos (ahem!). It would be better if they located to the “other” part of Vegas, where locals have lives that do not center around the infamous side of Vegas.

    The only other geographical possibility to my mind would be OKC. Too many teams in Texas–Kansas? Uhm. No! Missouri has the Rams and Chiefs…Nebraska? Uhm. No! SLC? Mormon Raiders? Uhm. No! Albuquerque? Highly, Highly Doubtful. Arizona has the Cards…Colorado has the Bronkers (as my grandson calls them) and nobody wants to live in Little Rock (and the markets are entirely too small in the Dakotas, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana). Oklahoma City likely couldn’t sell-out or support a 50,000 seat NFL stadium, though. Portland? I think Portlandians would be frightened if the Raiders moved to town.

    This leaves L.A—Oakland (or thereabouts) and Vegas, in my opinion. Las Vegas Raiders? They’ll always be the Oakland Raiders to me.

  44. elmwoodero says: Aug 15, 2014 1:00 AM

    I’m born and raised in L.A., yes we have had 3 teams in Los Angeles, but to be honest you should only count two of them, cause chargers don’t count as a nfl team, hahaha! Relax I didn’t want to offend the one fan chargers has. Anyways I just want to point out to all you fans in Oakland, you keep pointing out Los Angeles can’t keep a nfl, well I am sorry to point this out, but either can oakland. If Los Angeles is lucky enough to get Raiders again, L.A. will give them the shiny new stadium they deserve, it’s L.A. fans fault, it’s not Oakland fans fault, it’s city officials playing games, so put the blame where it belongs! L.A. RAIDERS!!!

  45. elmwoodero says: Aug 15, 2014 1:20 AM

    I’m born and raised in L.A., yes we have had 3 teams in Los Angeles, but to be honest you should only count two of them, cause chargers don’t count as a nfl team, hahaha! Relax I didn’t want to offend the one fan chargers has. Anyways I just want to point out to all you fans in Oakland, you keep pointing out Los Angeles can’t keep a nfl team, well I am sorry to point this out, but either can oakland. If Los Angeles is lucky enough to get Raiders again, L.A. will give them the shiny new stadium they deserve, it’s not reallyL.A. fans fault, it’s not Oakland fans fault, it’s city officials playing games, so put the blame where it belongs! L.A. RAIDERS!!!

  46. raiderluv72 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:56 PM

    People can talk all the smack they want, but the truth is that the Raiders are extremely popular in SoCal. There’s probably more Raider fans in San Diego than there are Charger fans! If you build a stadium outside of “the hood”, anywhere near Los Angeles, it’ll be a money making hit.

  47. omeimontis says: Aug 15, 2014 3:33 PM

    The Raiders have already moved 3 times (from SF to Oakland, Oakland to LA and LA to Oakland). Any city that lures them have to keep that in mind. If they build a new stadium for the Raiders, they have to be sure that they will not move before the cost of building the stadium can be fully recovered. The Raiders could not sell out the LA Coliseum. That place is just too big, and there are not enough Raiders fans or pro football fans in LA to do that. That place is also in a bad neighborhood. It would be doubtful that they would want to move back in that stadium. It is also doubtful the city will build a new stadium for the Raiders.

  48. omeimontis says: Aug 15, 2014 3:41 PM

    I was a Raider fan once, but I stopped rooting for them when they just packed up and moved to LA. Al Davis simply deserted the fans that had supported them through the years, and left for what he thought was greener pastures. It was all me, me, me. The reason he moved back to Oakland was again, me, me, me. He thought that he could win another Super Bowl by moving back to Oakland, not because he was sorry he did the fans wrong. Why would any fan with a smidgeon of self-respect root for a team that only cares about its self interest and treats fans like they are disposable Dixie Cups? Use them, and throw them away!

  49. omeimontis says: Aug 15, 2014 3:45 PM

    Oakland fans should tell the Raiders what Rhett Butler said to Scarlet O’Hara: “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

  50. roknsoul says: Aug 15, 2014 5:05 PM

    Bring back Los Angeles Rams

  51. simonator917 says: Aug 15, 2014 5:33 PM

    All you posters who think they know all about the L.A. market don’t know squat. The reason the Raiders and Rams couldn’t sell out their venues is because: the Raiders were playing their home games in ANCIENT stadium with no amenities while the Rams were playing in a baseball park; and, the NFL decided they’d stick it to the Raiders by scheduling Rams and Raiders GAMES at the SAME TIME.

    The L.A. Dodgers have been setting attendance records since they’ve been here, as have the Lakers. The next football team that moves here will get their own stadium that won’t be a crypt like the Coliseum, it’ll be new and will incorporate the knowledge gained since the Coliseum was built for the Roman gladiators, I mean the 1932 Olympics.

  52. rebelsfinest1 says: Aug 18, 2014 4:06 PM

    BRING BACK OUR LOS ANGELES RAIDERS. L.A. WELCOMES OUR ONLY TEAM THAT WON US A CHAMPIONSHIP, “THE LOS ANGELES RAIDERS”.

  53. raiderfourlife says: Aug 20, 2014 9:38 PM

    Mark is just doing like every other owner has done. Playing the move game to get a stadium. Dollars to doughnuts they get a stadium deal done in Oakland before the end of the season. But I hope they move back here in L.A. area somewhere. I really think he would be a.fool not to. The team would double in value instantly. Can’t think of an easier way to make a BILLION BUCKS.

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