Mark Davis isn’t celebrating Vegas move “like I would like to be”

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Raiders owner Mark Davis would like to be celebrating his move to Las Vegas like a guy spending a weekend in Las Vegas, but that isn’t happening. According to Mark Davis.

“I’m not celebrating anything like I would like to be,” Davis told 95.7 The Game on Tuesday, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “We’re building a world-class venue in the entertainment capital of the world that will be great for Super Bowls and big events, but I still have a feeling for the fans in the Bay Area. I’ve met with a number of them, and anything I say isn’t going to soothe them. It makes this whole thing bittersweet.”

Although the powers-that-be in Oakland made a last-ditch effort to persuade the team not to move, Davis made it clear that, if they’d begun the process sooner, something may have worked out.

“The only people Oakland was in competition with was themselves,” Davis said. ”If they could’ve come up with a deal that could’ve given us the land or leased it at reasonable terms and gave us the infrastructure and ability to find a developer to bridge the funding gap, we may have been able to do something on that site. I believe it’s a phenomenal [location]. Sundays at that stadium are the greatest . . . Plans the city had would downgrade that game day experience.”

While Davis surely would like the big-picture blame to be directed at the local politicians, he wants any residual blame that could be directed at the team to be focused on him.

“If there’s blame to be given, it should be aimed at me,” Davis said. “I’m the one who made the decision. My dream is for us to play out the next two, possibly three seasons in Oakland. I’d like to bring a championship to Oakland. I’m hoping that, in time, emotions will dry and that we’ll be able to do something of that nature. . . . I feel like I should say I understand that there is anger and disappointment, and that it should be pointed at me and not a Derek Carr, Khalil Mack and Jack Del Rio. Those guys want to bring a championship to the Bay Area.”

Raiders fans in Oakland would prefer not to have a championship in the next two years but their team for the next 20 and beyond. Maybe they can now hope that, in 20 years or so, the team will return again, like it did after more than a decade in L.A.

39 responses to “Mark Davis isn’t celebrating Vegas move “like I would like to be”

  1. This guy is one foul piece of human filth. Vegas gives him 750k and he’s not happy? I hope his team fails horribly in Vegas, that’s what he and the league deserve.

  2. At least he’s not hiding behind a PR person. There’s lots of blame to go around for sure. What’s done is done.

  3. harrisonhits2 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 5:53 PM
    This guy is one foul piece of human filth. Vegas gives him 750k and he’s not happy? I hope his team fails horribly in Vegas, that’s what he and the league deserve.
    ——————————————————– How could he be happy, 750k is not gonna get him that far with the new stadium

  4. harrisonhits2 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 5:53 PM
    This guy is one foul piece of human filth. Vegas gives him 750k and he’s not happy? I hope his team fails horribly in Vegas, that’s what he and the league deserve.

    You have absolutely NO KNOWLEDGE of the history of the situation, which, if you listened to the interview instead of just reading the headline, you would understand why he said that.

    – He was willing to sell 20% of the team to a local developer if the city and county would have allowed the current POS stadium they play in to be demolished. They said no.

    – He was willing to sell 20% of the team to the owner of the Oakland A’s if they could come to an agreement to build both a football and baseball stadium on the site that the current POS stadium they play in. They said no.

    – The local politicians lost him when he heard them say “we have all the leverage when the NFL votes the Raiders to Carson down” and “let’s raise their rent right after the vote”.

    Since Mark Davis inherited the leadership of the team, he’s done NOTHING but try to get a stadium deal done in Oakland. He’s on record saying he wanted to keep the team in Oakland FOREVER but the stadium situation was unacceptable. You know, the one where there’s a dirt infield, the locker rooms flood during heavy rainstorms, and if the baseball team makes the playoffs or even the World Series, their home game options are limited. Once he saw it was NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN, he looked elsewhere.

    So unless you have an ounce of knowledge on the dynamic of what’s been going on there, you should probably stick to what you know, which may be minimal.

  5. bert1913 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 6:17 PM
    too bad billionaire owners can’t afford to build their own stadiums

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    MD is far from a billionaire. He’s the poorest owner in the NFL, thus offering to sell 20% of his team to fund it. Then again you’d have to read the article and actually have awareness of the situation.

  6. He should have to leave the name behind. The NFL is on the plummet and it’s only a matter of time now. Just wait until they move a team to London and one to Mexico City and the history and tradition will continue to disappear.

    Las Vegas will be a destination game for opposing fans. Will the brain surgeon Raider fans still want to shiv opposing fans in the parking lot and stadium.

    Mark is just trying to get out of Oakland standing.

  7. bert1913 says:

    too bad billionaire owners can’t afford to build their own stadiums
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    Too bad Davis would have to sell the team to be able to buy his own stadium. Most owners don’t have Paul Allen’s money.

  8. Good PR damage control. Davis is happy as hell to be out of that arm pit hell out and have a new 1.7B stadium built for him with third party money. LOL!

  9. Kind of stunned to see people defending Davis on here. He’s justified because they raised the rent to $3.2 million a year? Really? Davis cares about money, not Oakland, and I hope he dies without winning a Super Bowl.

  10. MD is far from a billionaire. He’s the poorest owner in the NFL, thus offering to sell 20% of his team to fund it. Then again you’d have to read the article and actually have awareness of the situation.
    ___________________________________
    Then where is Rayduh Nashun to show up for him? You Know, at least go to game so they didnt have to tarp the stadium? You deserved to lose your team AGAIN! You didnt deserve to keep it!

  11. Super stoked to be an Alameda county taxpayer still on the hook for the last public subsidy we gave them. Raised the rent. You’ve got to be kidding.

    I won’t be going to or watching a ‘Raiders’ game again.

  12. If Mark Davis wanted to honor his father and build his own legacy, the Raider Stadium would be in Oakland and all Oakland. He should have built the venue with personal funds, borrowed money and private investment. Then he could have kept all of the money. Parking, concessions, souvenirs etc would have all been his. That is how successful franchises work now. Own the stadium and own the experience. The choice that Mark Davis has made condemns The Raiders to a generation of mediocrity because their identity is now someone else’s property.

  13. Why do we even refer to these guys as owners when they rely on hundreds of millions in public dollars to push the product? They don’t own the team. We do. If you want to be an owner you should have to find a way to pay for it.

  14. darkgoody says:
    Apr 4, 2017 7:34 PM
    Kind of stunned to see people defending Davis on here. He’s justified because they raised the rent to $3.2 million a year? Really? Davis cares about money, not Oakland, and I hope he dies without winning a Super Bowl.
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    I kinda have to agree.

    To be honest, if Mark Davis TRULY cared about the fans in Northern California and the Bay Area, but hated the city of Oakland and Alameda politicians, I’m more than positive that he could have taken the NFL’s loan, his personal money, and taken a $650M loan from Bank of America and STILL built a stadium in the Bay Area for $1 billion and kept the team right in the middle of the fan base.

    Am I to assume that the politicians in Marin, Contra Costa, or San Francisco counties wouldn’t have offered to give Davis a piece of land to relocate his team, like so many other counties in the country have done for NFL franchises?

    The point of the matter is that Davis likes to be in the spot light and he can’t do that in Oakland. It’s why his first choice was Los Angeles, then it’s why he turned down a city that would give him everything he could ever want (San Antonio) for Las Vegas, a city that’s giving him a stadium but a pathetic fanbase. He wants to be loved in the spotlight.

    He’s banking on fans from California making the trip to Vegas to support this team, but here’s a newsflash, how many of those blue collar Raider fans are going to be able to afford tickets at a $1.7B stadium? Generally at this point, every single Raider fan I’ve seen that said they won’t continue to support this team are professionals. The only people I’ve seen that said “Raiders for Life” are bagboys at Ralphs or unemployed altogether.

  15. Hey RaiderFan don’t blame Mark Davis. He wanted to stay in Oakland. There was a time when he was the only one that wanted to remain in Oakland. The A’s and Warriors wanted to leave and he wanted to stay.

    He wanted a 900 million dollar stadium and had 500 million to put up. If he were to stay in Oakland he needed help. There was a 400 million dollar gap in funding. Now he wasn’t asking Oakland for a kings’ ransom to build a palace. He was asking for help to build a practical stadium in Oakland.

    He did not get any help from the city. He found a city that was more than willing to help him build a stadium and Las Vegas is supplying funds to help build a 2 billion dollar palace. That city deserves to have its name attached to the Raider brand, not Oakland(politicians).

    The Raiders and Oakland had to work together in this situation, and the politicians played too many games, dragged their feet, and lost their team.

    Now the reason why Mark Davis can’t celebrate is because he still has about 1-3 years in that relentlessly cold 49er shadow.

    49ers 2017
    Commitment to Greatness
    The Will to Win with Class
    The Gold Standard of the NFL
    California’s Team.

  16. demolition510 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 6:00 PM
    At least he’s not hiding behind a PR person. There’s lots of blame to go around for sure. What’s done is done.

    Jt the brick works for the Raiders????? this was soft toss at its finest. Damon Bruce would have destroyed him but 95.7 is the Raiders station.

  17. I will hang myself if he wins a Super Bowl still in Oakland.

    I hated his daddy, I hate him and that haircut. I hate Jack Del Rio. Nice coat.

    Hate the Raiders! Don’t even need any profanity, just hate the Raiders

  18. Bet the Raiders will not miss California Department of Revenue taking 13.3% of their paychecks (Nevada is one of seven states with no personal income tax)

  19. First off, Oakland didn’t name the Raiders, they named them the senors, so the name isn’t staying in Oakland! Second what’s with all the ____ talking about another dudes hair?

  20. Is this where we’re supposed to feel bad for a selfish multi-millionaire choosing money over principle?

    Nobody should buy the “our hands were tied” garbage. They’re leaving because they couldn’t get enough corporate welfare from Oakland. Period.

    It’s greed on the part of entitled wealthy people. Nothing more.

  21. darkgoody says:
    (the owners) don’t own the team. We do.

    When it comes to the NFL you don’t own jack squat, and neither do I or anyone else here.

  22. Poor little rich boy. He inherited a team he didn’t build, stole it from a fan base that adored his father like he was their own, got everything he wanted, then looked back and saw he’d upset people. Now he’s experiencing something he has never experienced before – remorse. But don’t worry. That will go away as soon as he doesn’t have to deal with Raiders fans. He better hope he can build a fan base in a city that loves watching EVERY game each week and betting on the one they think is best, rather than the one they love. Good luck.

  23. Everybody that is anybody is leaving the dump Mexifornia! Unless you are an illegal alien or brain dead!!
    LAS VEGAS R-A-I-D-E-R-S! Sounds Great!!

  24. I do not believe that commenters on this site are supporting the Raiders move. This certainly wasn’t the reaction in the other cities that the NFL has deserted in the quest for more Billionaire welfare. The people in San Diego and St. Louis and in Cleveland and Baltimore before were outraged and let their owners know.

    Are Raider employees or some other straw men the ones giving positive reviews and explanations for poor Mark Davis? I have to believe do.

  25. OAKLAND…You have only yourself to blame. get over it and deal with the fact that your Mayor is a joke. Your stadium is a dump and so is your city.

  26. Mark Davis worked his butt off to stay in Oakland. He got no support from the city and the team’s legendary (cough, cough) fan base (got tarps?). Good for him. As an owner, he as the right to make his business as financially successful as possible. That wasn’t happening in Oakland. Enjoy your A’s. Strike 3.

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