Raiders’ move has Tim Brown feeling sad for Oakland fans

AP

Hall of Fame receiver Tim Brown was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988, moved with them to Oakland in 1995 and stayed there until 2003. He has a history with the team and a knowledge of what a move is like, and he feels for the loyal fans in Oakland being left behind.

“I’m certainly sad for the Raider fans in Oakland because, once again, the team is going to be leaving,” Brown said this morning on PFT Live.

But Brown thinks those Oakland fans will continue cheering for the team before it moves to Las Vegas, at least as long as the team plays as well as it did last year.

“There’s no way Raider Nation is going to frown on good football. They’ve been waiting on good football a long time and are happy to get it back,” Brown said.

Brown realizes the business reasons — Nevada is willing to spend hundreds of millions on a new stadium — but that doesn’t mean he likes it. Still, he thinks this more gradual move will be easier than the Raiders’ 1995 move from Oakland to Los Angeles.

“We basically did it overnight,” Brown said. “I think we found out in late May or early June that we had to have a place in Oakland by the time we got out of training camp in August. So that was a very difficult process.”

This process will be easier on the players, but it may be harder on the fans to sit in the stands cheering a team that will soon be gone.

34 responses to “Raiders’ move has Tim Brown feeling sad for Oakland fans

  1. Tim, you have to understand this isnt the 60’s or 70’s any more. The owners that created the great NFL are loooong gone and all we all we have left now are the greedy kids that own the teams. Welcome to our reality. Being a old school NFL die-heart fan is tuff for us ol’folks.

  2. I hope the city of Oakland makes them play at a high school stadium until the boondoggle Vegas stadium is built. Regardless, the fans should boycott greedy Davis and his product.

  3. No Tim, it will be no easier because it is a more gradual move. Being an old BALTIMORE Colt fan, I think it is awful for the fans. But as we all know the NFL does not care about fans anymore. I love my team but care less and less about the NFL anymore.

  4. Win games – the fans will fill the stadium and support the team.
    Play poorly and that stadium will be a living hell on game days.

  5. Feel terrible for the fans in Oakland and bay area. There is only one team in all of professional sports, who can never move, and that’s the Packers. It’s a shame there can’t be more franchises with the same structure … no true owner, no threat to move.

  6. It really shocks me that the state of California did not step in and contribute a large sum of money to keep them in Oakland. Think of all the lost income tax it lost from all those high paid players, coaches, and associates. Plus all the sales tax it just lost from the sales of merchandise, tickets, visiting fans to the local businesses, etc. Now all goes to the state of Nevada.

  7. Didn’t the city of Oakland have had many months to get a deal done and failed.
    The were wringing their hands and staring at their shoes hoping the Raiders wouldn’t move. Vegas stepped to the plate and got a deal done. That’s what happens with business today no mater what the industry or company is.

    “Money Talks and BS walks” as I hear the saying goes.

  8. We are the Oakland Los Angeles Oakland Las Vegas Raiders … I’m out of breath!

  9. As we learned in Baltimore you can’t leave this up to the local politicians or you lose. Cleveland, Houston, LA, St Louis all found out the hard way. Who’s next? Miami, buffalo? Jacksonville for sure-just a question of where?

  10. Don’t cry a crocodile tear for Oakland. Read Zennie Abraham’s latest piece. Libby the liar never wanted to keep the Raiders. The Coliseum site will be converted into a bio-tech campus.

  11. Raiders didn’t have a choice. Their legendary Raider Nation fan base wouldn’t support them (got tarps?). Their local government wouldn’t support them, nobody digs the Raiders which makes them the least profitable team in the NFL. Fact.

  12. This is the 21st century, fans of every team are all over the country. So yes, 60,000 or so ticket holders will be losing something. But there’s millions of fans in the other 49 states that don’t live in or around Oakland.

    With Sunday Ticket and various other methods of viewing the games, the physical location of the team is less important now than 50 years ago.

    Sucks for those few that are losing something, but for the vast majority of Raiders fans, they won’t be affected at all by this move… other than having to learn to say a different city name in front of the team name. Meaningless.

  13. Raider Nation will be sucked in by Davis yet again and spend their hard earned cash to watch the Las Vegas Raiders. Davis is laughing all the way to the bank as he banks on wide eyed Raider fans pouring thru the turn styles as he sings cha-ching. Smarten up Raider fans and don’t do it!

  14. Donkey fans don’t get what a global fanbase is because theirs is regional.

    All other small markets other than Green Bay will lose their teams, it’s just a matter of time, but the Raiders, Steelers and Cowboys will always have a huge global fanbase.

  15. Raider Nation has a great opportunity to up their game.

    Since the Raiders are long gone from Oakland and the ownership turned their back on the fans the fans can switch their allegiance to be Patriots fans.

    Just some selling points on the Partriots to help you make the decision :

    Patriots have won a lot of Super Bowls.
    Patriots make the play offs almost every year.
    All the players respect the game and never talk trash.
    Ownership is great.
    Coach is the best one to ever coach the NFL.

  16. Oakland won’t have the Raiders but they will be a Sanctuary city, keep voting in those liberals like Jerry Brown and we will keep losing teams like the Raiders to other states.

  17. The NFL owners don’t care about fans all they care about is making as much money as possible. I used to love it now I hate it.

  18. You know how many die-hard football towns there are that don’t have a football team? The Bay Area was spoiled with 2.

    Looks like they’re gonna have to put the ice picks and shanks away and play nice with 49ers fans after all.

    As a Dolphin fan and South Florida local, all of my Florida Raider fan friends are way more excited about flying out to Las Vegas for a game as opposed to Oakland. They’d much rather spend their money on a good time on the LV Strip as opposed to paying an additional $.10 per plastic bottle of water in “Woke”-land.

  19. I also wanted to add that you can’t fault Mr. Davis for wanting to maximize his product. Be that as it may, there is no comparison for a tourist and entertainment hub like Las Vegas to the second most popular city (Oakland) in its own metropolitan area. The Raiders organization is a business, and this is a good business move.

  20. If I were a player I’d be thrilled to leave Oakland.
    Oakland is only the 8th biggest city in California, but it’s one of the most violent by far. Bump City residents face a ridiculously high 1 in 69 “shot” of being the victim of a violent crime, a number that has been steadily rising.
    Property crime has also increased between 2013-15, so Oakland may overtake Emeryville in a few years.
    Evidently Oakland is trying harder to get out of the #2 spot.

  21. Its funny how a lot of the people posting here arent even Raider fans, theyre just haters trying to spin this in a negative way with no actual insight.
    As a Raider fan I can say we will continue to root and show up on gameday. There’s a reason they call us Raider Nation. We have fans everywhere.

    Hate all you want, the Raiders are back and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  22. They can still bring another championship or two (if we’re drinking the Koolaid) to the city of Oakland….which would be at least double the amount of championships the city has now.

    This team is still going to be in the general region, and Nevada has a large, strong fan base for the silver and black….the so cal group is now closer and for those of us even further away the trip to Vegas is now more convenient…..so this is a great move, and Oakland fans will get over it.

  23. edwicy says:
    May 10, 2017 10:08 AM
    It really shocks me that the state of California did not step in and contribute a large sum of money to keep them in Oakland. Think of all the lost income tax it lost from all those high paid players, coaches, and associates. Plus all the sales tax it just lost from the sales of merchandise, tickets, visiting fans to the local businesses, etc. Now all goes to the state of Nevada.
    ______________________
    Have you been paying any attention to California politics over the last 20 years? Taxes and regulations keep going up and people/businesses keep moving to TX

  24. As a raider fan who grew up in SD lived from socal to NC spent a few years in donkey land and currently live in the great state of MT. There are raider fans WHATEVER’S. Living in mt Vegas is half the price of flying anywhere including instate hahaha. I couldn’t be happier to go to Vegas a couple times a year. Wouldn’t catch me in crapville Oakland ever.

  25. justbegbaby says:
    May 10, 2017 10:37 AM
    Raiders didn’t have a choice. Their legendary Raider Nation fan base wouldn’t support them (got tarps?). Their local government wouldn’t support them, nobody digs the Raiders which makes them the least profitable team in the NFL. Fact.
    =================================
    Actually, Forbes ranked them as the 20th most valuable NFL franchise in 2016. Fact.

  26. I don’t like seeing teams move but this time around, Oakland bears more of the responsibility for this. They should’ve built the Raiders a new stadium when they came back from L.A. instead of building an addition onto a dump of a stadium the team already left once before. Locking the A’s into a 10 year lease also didn’t help matters either. With the Warriors moving back to San Francisco, why couldn’t two new stadiums have been built on that site?

    If the A’s build on that site, there will be no doubt they played a hand in forcing the Raiders out of town.

  27. Raider fans know who is really at fault with all of this. and its the mayor of oakland, she has single handily ruined every effort Davis has made for the last 10 years to build a new stadium.

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