Mark Davis won’t attend Raiders home games if fans can’t

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Just watch, baby.

Raiders owner Mark Davis has made a bold proclamation as it relates to his team’s first season in Las Vegas. If fans can’t attend home games in person, Davis won’t attend, either.

I won’t go if the fans can’t go, and the way it looks right now there won’t be any fans at our games,” Davis said Saturday, via Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com.

Davis also makes it clear that a partial-capacity arrangement won’t work at the team’s new stadium.

“It’s all or none for me,” Davis said. “Either all the fans are going to be in there or none. . . . I can’t tell one fan that they can’t go to the inaugural opening game in a stadium that they helped to build through their PSLs. I won’t tell them that they can’t go but the rest of these guys can . . . and oh, by the way, don’t worry about it because we’ll be able to advertise on your seats.”

Davis voted against using tarps over the first eight rows of seats this season, the only owner who opposed the effort to create a buffer between the general public and players. At a minimum, then, he’ll have to displace those fans — if the stadium somehow is otherwise full.

“We’re sold out so we don’t have anywhere to put those 8,000 people,” Davis said.

The league, the union, the state, and/or the city may have something to say about the all-or-nothing approach. With revenue due to take a massive hit as a result of reduced or non-existent attendance, every team should embrace the opportunity to generate as much ticket revenue as possible. Beyond his duty to those who own a piece of the franchise along with him, Davis arguably has a duty to generate as much revenue as he can, for the benefit of Nevada, of Las Vegas, of his 31 fellow owners, and of the players.

Davis likely knows this. But the fact that he’d ultimately have to relent doesn’t keep him from adopting a stance that will be popular with his fans and that will advance and cement his reputation as a renegade.

45 responses to “Mark Davis won’t attend Raiders home games if fans can’t

  1. Too bad he didn’t show the same level of respect to their longtime fanbase in Oakland. If he had the raiders would have never relocated to Vegas.

  2. >>Beyond his duty to those who own a piece of the franchise along with him, Davis arguably has a duty to generate as much revenue as he can, for the benefit of Nevada, of Las Vegas, of his 31 fellow owners, and of the players.

    Owners only duty is to line their pockets. They owe no one anything.
    If it was an owners duty to benefit others they wouldn’t be taking so much tax money to build stadiums, and threaten to move unless municipalities paid for stadium improvements.

  3. Cancel the season.

    Most people will be fine with they get it, but what about high risk staff and coaches? What about players whose family are immunocomprised, like Rodney Hudson’s wife?

    This is a bad idea. Cancel the season, eat the cost and come back next year safer and stronger. If safety was paramount for the NFL, they would do the right thing and cancel.

  4. As long as Gruden remains the HC it’s very likely that the Raiders will see a winning season. But Son-of-Al was okay with that when he hired the “coaching legend”.

  5. As long as Gruden remains the HC it’s very unlikely that the Raiders will see a winning season. But Son-of-Al was okay with that when he hired the “coaching legend”.

  6. Why not just make it so on purchase of a ticket you consent to any potential biological happenings. They can properly word it to keep them from being liable for people catchin the flu or other viruses. Obviously this shouldnt include like anything physical or malicious like a mass shooting or building collapse,etc.

    I get the argument is even if you consented to being around all those people the other people you come in contact with afterward didnt. But every normal person is taking respectable precautions every day, its only a small majority of idiots that go outta their way to never mask up and put themselves in situations where transmission could be higher. People tend to forget theres a middle ground where people wear masks in confined spaces and are living normally. Not the extremes that are bathing in hand sanitizer or kissing random strangers.

  7. You and your family need to start avoiding crowds. YOU are the problem. I’m wondering how many others gotsick from your family?

  8. That’s okay because there will won’t be football this year.
    COVID 19 – NFL 0.
    See ya on 2021!

  9. Who would care if Davis is not at the game? It’s not like he is going to phone down changes to the defensive coverage to shut down the other team’s passing game.

  10. So what? How does the solidarity thing help anyone? I assume he just doesn’t care to go and this is a handy excuse.

  11. He may never come out in the day.The Las Vegas sun and lifestyle is no place for agoraphobic gingervitis

  12. Who cares? The Davis family turned on the Oakland fans, the Los Angeles fans, and will throw the Vegas fans under the bus the first second a better option is available.

  13. Well, that solves everything. What a light weight. He can watch the games from his Dad’s house which he lives in but never paid for. Marky Mark is crazy. Stone cold nuts. Vegas will eat him for breakfast.

  14. Too bad he didn’t show the same level of respect to their longtime fanbase in Oakland. If he had the raiders would have never relocated to Vegas.

    _________
    What fan base? Is that why the stadium was always tarped? Empty seats, pal. My team has sold out at home since the late 60s.

  15. What fan base? Is that why the stadium was always tarped? Empty seats, pal. My team has sold out at home since the late 60s.

    It had nothing to do with the fans. The team and city couldn’t come to an agreement on a new stadium, which is the only reason why any team moves. Vegas/Nevada offered to pay for that monstrosity they are building, and that’s why they moved.

  16. Put cutouts of people who live in Las Vegas in the seat and then you will feel right at home. Put cutouts of Pat Summerall and John Madden in the booth too do the play by play

  17. charliecharger says:
    July 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm
    Mark Davis is going to join his dad in the HOF some day. Count me as a huge fan.
    “““““““““

    Did not realize there is a bowl cut HOF.

  18. “the strong don’t even know they had it.””

    About 3 weeks ago a young, healthy 30 year old went to a “covid party” in Austin, TX. He quickly became ill and the weekend before this one he died.

    His last words to the nurse “I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax”

    SMH

  19. Davis had good fortune tellers by leaving Oakland. That city is next to go the Portland way and sports would have been shut down there. Players wouldn’t like those conditions.

  20. I was kind of hoping that he’d be the only person there. Just randomly place that hairdo somewhere in the stands. Every game would be like “Hair’s Waldo” for the viewers at home.

  21. he’s taking heat here in the comments lol but i think it’s a pretty classy move and statement

  22. “Mark Davis is going to join his dad in the HOF some day.”
    ___________

    Because “inheriting a team” is going to be considered HOF-worthy?

  23. Wow, his solidarity is so sincere. Another multi-millionaire that was given everything he owns and he totally gets me. #sitwithmark

  24. If Mark Davis isn’t going to attend Raiders home games I’m not going to either!
    If course, I’m not a Raiders fan, and I live in Denver, so…

  25. Attend the games…don’t attend the games. I really don’t care what you do. I have more important things to worry about right now

  26. with 30,000 Covid cases in Clark County, I know how Davis could fill half the stadium. Still not sure he would go though.

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