As the Raiders prepare to leave Oakland again, Mark Davis reminisces

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On Sunday, the Raiders will play their last game ever in Oakland, for the second time.

They left in 1981, returned in 1995, and they’ll now leave again. This time for Las Vegas.

The Raiders and Oakland grew up together,” Raiders owner Mark Davis told Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday. “We were the stepchild of San Francisco. We were just Oakland. And I believe my dad took special pride in that and in building it up. . . . The Raiders were born in Oakland, and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. There’s no doubt about that.”

Davis selected a relatively recent (and relatively obscure) game as his most memorable of the games the team has played during its second stint in Oakland: A 2014 win over the Chiefs that ended Oakland’s 0-10 start to the season.

Five years later, he’s preparing for perhaps the most amicable split that ever has happened between a city and a team.

“The Oakland Raiders were established in 1960,” Davis said. “The Los Angeles Raiders were established in 1982. And the Las Vegas Raiders are being established in 2020. It’s a new era, and we’ve got a new residence.”

It will be interesting to see whether that new residence evolves into a clear home-field advantage, or whether it will be populated with plenty of opposing fans on a regular basis. The Raiders hope to build a fan base in Las Vegas and to draw fans from L.A. and Oakland for home games. But fans of visiting teams surely will be inclined to make the trip to Nevada for the games to be played there, eight times per year.

Regardless, the Raiders had no choice but to leave. With no public money available to build a stadium in Oakland and Las Vegas bringing $750 million in free money to the table, it was an offer Davis and the Raiders couldn’t refuse.

43 responses to “As the Raiders prepare to leave Oakland again, Mark Davis reminisces

  1. Be careful what you wish for with these new stadiums. The falcons new stadium has been a complete failure. Real fans can’t afford to go to the games. They’ve lost their home field advantage. Its all personal seat licenses. No wonder the falcons don’t win there

  2. Maybe I’m off my hinges, but I believe ya. That’s why I’m gonna let ya go. I’m gonna give ya ’til the count of 3 to get your lousy, lyin’, low-down, four-flushin’ carcass out my door! 1… 2…! Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal! And a Happy New Year. -Bay area fans.

  3. I remember that game too. Mack got his first sack that game and then he and Sio Moore, proceeded to celebrate right into the next play if Justin Tuck didn’t call a TO. It was a great play only to be made to look foolish with that celebration.

  4. Its sad to see them leave, but I dont blame them what so ever. that mayor made it impossible for them to get a new stadium, and as California falls deeper into 3rd world country status and taxes keeps going higher and higher you cant blame them for leaving.

  5. As a Raiders fan it is sad that they r leaving Oakland and Sunday is the last game ever but as a fan they can’t get outta that stadium quick enough. When the Raiders left the first time the stadium was becoming absolute now it is by far the worst stadium in all of sports. If u haven’t been to the stadium in Oakland seen their facilities there then u really don’t understand how bad it is. They had no choice but to leave.

  6. They DID have a choice. They could have built a stadium without public money like Bob Kraft did in New England. Kraft eventually turned down a “Vegas” like deal to move to Hardford and then built what his now Patriot Place, which included a new stadium. The only cost to the tax payer was for infrastructure improvements around the stadium. and THAT was fully paid back from parking fees in about 5 years.

    In retrospect it was good for the state. It was financially very good for Kraft. The point is that it CAN be done. You don’t have to go to local government for HUNDREDS of millions in hand outs to build a stadium.

    BTW- It’s been proven over an over again that the state/local governments NEVER win on these stadiums. It’s simply welfare for the super rich…..again

  7. Mark Davis can cut with that ‘Oakland was the stepchild of san Francisco’ b.s.

    Oakland has always had its own History. Sad that Mark couldnt recognize that.

    Mark’s haircut and all talk with no walk is more reminiscent of San Francisco.

  8. It’s not a sad day. Times have changed. The Raiders have a rich history in the East bay. Along with the A’s, they put Oakland on the sports map. I grew up in the city where the Raiders practice. Lived there when Al Davis was named head coach and turned the franchise around. Driving past Frank Youell field when a game was going on is a vivid memory. Go Raiders, best of luck in Las Vegas.

  9. Worst franchise ever in sports..No Loyalty to fans, city ,players..Just Move and Lose same Sad Franchise Same Bad Haircut..

  10. Vegas will eat the Raiders for breakfast. Who wants to watch a perennial garbage team that’s not even yours? Too many casinos and other entertaining distractions to throw money at such a terrible product. The NFL really wants the Raiders in Mexico. After they get bounced out of Vegas, bet your pesos on a move down south.

  11. What I like about Mark it that he is his own man. He is his father’s son. He was forced to move to Las Vegas because #1.- The Oakland City Council was inept in responding to the needs of the Raider’s need for a new stadium. Believe me, the Coliseum is very, very cool and very much a dump. It just reached it’s end. A very unique and legendary stadium. Secondly, Mark has always had a thing for Vegas going back to the inception of the internet. He had all the domain names wrapped up since they were available, so it was in him to eventually move there. With all that being said, the Raiders are global and not many teams can say this. They are like no other. They are in good hands with Mark Davis and I expect them to succeed even more than the Chargers and Rams in Los Angeles. A great Raider franchise is good for the NFL. I am ready for the next chapter and I am rooting for the Las Vegas Raiders to succeed.

  12. Question is going to be what happens in 15 years when they want a new stadium in Vegas?

    Nevada residents are going to have buyers remorse pretty quickly with increased taxes. Yes I know it’s supposed to be covered by hotel and rental car tax but in the end it ends up impacting residents as well. Having lived in NV before , there are plenty of other projects which could have used $750 million which would have benefited everyone.

  13. I’m 63 and I remember watching thr Raiders in Oakland in 1967! This place I will not forget!! Thank you Oakland !!! Just win baby !!

  14. He’s laughing all the way to the bank and doesn’t give the slightest crap about Oakland or the fans there. His only concern is servicing his personal greed.

  15. …and the repeated litigation starts in a new city.

    Sorry Raiders Fans. Not cool losing a team.

  16. Good thing mark is Making out so well with this deal because Vegas is quite a bit more upscale than Oakland and my bet is Mark will have a tough time finding a 3 dollar haircut there…..

  17. ♫ “And it’s goodbye again, I’m sorry to be leavin’ you
    Goodbye again, as if you didn’t know…” ♫

  18. Davis is the least wealthy owner in the NFL. He couldn’t even dream of building his own stadium the way Bob Kraft or Stan Kroenke did without public dollars. Al Davis was a football coach and a general manager before he became an owner in an AFL franchise. He wasn’t a billionaire that bought a team. Not an option to build his own stadium. Doesn’t have enough money.

  19. patfanken says:
    December 14, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    They DID have a choice. They could have built a stadium without public money like Bob Kraft did in New England. Kraft eventually turned down a “Vegas” like deal to move to Hardford and then built what his now Patriot Place, which included a new stadium. The only cost to the tax payer was for infrastructure improvements around the stadium. and THAT was fully paid back from parking fees in about 5 years.

    In retrospect it was good for the state. It was financially very good for Kraft. The point is that it CAN be done. You don’t have to go to local government for HUNDREDS of millions in hand outs to build a stadium.
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    You sound as if Kraft simply wrote a check. It was himself and investment bankers that financed the stadium, to be paid for over the next 25 years.

  20. This is a great WIN for Raiders fans…I just looked and round trip tickets to fly from Oakland to Las Vegas is ONLY $100.00!…come on! How fun is that to have a party weekend in Sin City and top of off with a Raider game!. Sounds like a good time.

  21. Fans of regional teams don’t understand and that’s fine, those who can think on a larger scale know what’s about to happen in Vegas will be epic for the Raiders and the NFL in general.

    One nation, Raider Nation.

  22. Will never come close to being his dad but I can’t blame him for the move if Oakland really wanted the Raiders they would of found a way to keep them it’s gonna be hard saying Vegas Raiders but we can play in Siberia I’ll always support and be a fan RN4L….

  23. Don’t let the door bite you on the butt…oh, and also don’t forget to take that bowl you use for your haircut…

  24. Could Mark build his own stadium?

    Mark Davis, Oakland Raiders / Reported net worth: $500 million.

    Compare to:

    David Tepper*, 62, Carolina Panthers Net worth: $12 billion

    Stan Kroenke, 72, Los Angeles Rams et al. Net worth: $9.7 billion

    (Tied) Jerry Jones, 77, Dallas Cowboys Net worth: $8.5 billion

    (Tied) Shahid Khan, 69, Jacksonville Jaguars Net worth: $8.5 billion

    Stephen Ross, 79, Miami Dolphins Net worth: $7.6 billion

    Robert Kraft, 78, New England Patriots Net worth: $6.9 billion

  25. The people of Oakland and Raiders fans around the country and around the world are 100% behind Mark Davis and the Raiders. The Raiders are a special organization. Much more than just a football team. That’s why their fans love them no matter what, and are the most loyal fans in the world. Al Davis oversaw the greatest sports franchise in history for a long time. He built up a unique fan base. True diehards. The Raiders will live in Las Vegas and their players will be used to the distractions. Visiting players will be in bad shape come game time. The Raiders will enjoy the greatest home field advantage in NFL history, and everyone who’s questioning that right now, will be the first ones calling foul in a few years. Just Win Baby! The spirit of Al Davis is alive and well.

  26. Could have shared a stadium with the Niners . At 10 games a year (preseason and regular ) a single team football stadium is about the most wasteful use of public funds

  27. KeepItReal says:
    December 14, 2019 at 3:13 pm
    patfanken says:
    December 14, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    They DID have a choice. They could have built a stadium without public money like Bob Kraft did in New England. Kraft eventually turned down a “Vegas” like deal to move to Hardford and then built what his now Patriot Place, which included a new stadium. The only cost to the tax payer was for infrastructure improvements around the stadium. and THAT was fully paid back from parking fees in about 5 years.

    In retrospect it was good for the state. It was financially very good for Kraft. The point is that it CAN be done. You don’t have to go to local government for HUNDREDS of millions in hand outs to build a stadium.
    ———————————————————————————-
    You sound as if Kraft simply wrote a check. It was himself and investment bankers that financed the stadium, to be paid for over the next 25 years.

    Okay, so…?! It wasn’t the general tax payer. The original commenter still has a valid point. And other commenters have an equal point that the Raiders are a foster organization based on greed and not want.

  28. cuzzinjoey says:
    December 14, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I remember that game too. Mack got his first sack that game

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    Khalil Mack got his first sack against the Chargers the week before this game. He didn’t have a sack in the KC game that they won.

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