Mark Davis says losing out on Los Angeles was best thing that happened for Raiders

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As the Raiders get ready to begin their inaugural season as the Las Vegas Raiders, owner Mark Davis reflected on a significant defeat that ultimately ended up paving the way to southern Nevada.

Via Vic Tafur of, Davis said that the Raiders losing out on the league vote on their proposal to relocate to Southern California ended up being a massively beneficial moment for the franchise even if it didn’t appear so at the time.

The Raiders had proposed a new stadium in Carson, California that would be shared with the Los Angeles Chargers as part of a joint venture. Instead, Stan Kroenke won the support for his project to build a new stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood to move the Rams from St. Louis back to Los Angeles with an invite extended to the Chargers to join them at their new site.

The Raiders were boxed out and returned to Oakland where they were unable to work out a stadium solution for the future.

I have lost games before,” Davis said. “That’s how I have learned to live my life — you lose on Sunday, you’re pissed about it, I go to P.F. Chang’s on Monday, I have lunch and then I am on to the next week. We got our ass kicked in LA, and we went back to Oakland with our tails between our legs. And then (Scott) McKibben backtracked and tripled our lease, and it was total disrespect. It was like, how are we going to work with these people?

McKibben was the former director of the Coliseum Authority that dealt with the Raiders and Athletics at the Coliseum. As the team was unable to reach any solution with the city, Alameda County and other involved entities, Davis turned his focus to Las Vegas.

“Vegas had been after us for years, but I told them I will only talk to you if Oakland and Los Angeles don’t happen. Losing the LA vote was probably the best thing that ever happened for us,” Davis said.

And while the circumstances around the first season in Las Vegas aren’t going to be ideal due to the ongoing pandemic, Davis will have a market and stadium all to themselves moving into the future.

12 responses to “Mark Davis says losing out on Los Angeles was best thing that happened for Raiders

  1. Marc Davis put together an awesome deal for the Raiders, even after the NFL snubbed their nose at the Raiders moving back to LA, he went out and got a better deal, which means, he is a lot smarter then a lot of people are giving him credit for!

  2. Based on the team’s performance while in oakland the past several years, their fans in oakland would agree with mark’s assessment as well.

  3. You had LA years ago and dropped them just like you dropped Oakland (Twice).

    Happy Vegas has a team but wish it was a new franchise not a moved fanchise.

  4. I think what history will show is the Raiders lost the battle (of LA) but won the war. I just think it’ll be easier to fill a stadium in Las Vegas than LA however the team on the field is performing. One things for sure the big loser in this shake up is the Chargers.

  5. not easy to see them leave Oakland twice. but Al would have jumped on this deal in a millisecond if he was still alive.

  6. Mark Davis is the only owner that grasps the people that paid 100k plus for psls in the first 8 rows are gonna sue the f.out of the NFL, and I don’t blame them when they do. Raiderssssssss

  7. The Raiders are going to be gone from Vegas with in five years. They won’t beat Mahomes and the Chiefs and will remain in 3rd or 4th place in that division for another 10 years.

  8. Mark Davis put together a horrid deal for the Raiders, even after the NFL helped the Raiders moving back to LA, he went out and got a stupid deal, which means, he is a lot dumber then a lot of people are giving him credit for!

  9. It is astonishing to think about how bad of a decision it was for the Chargers to join Kroenke and pay rent

  10. Hey re-re in what world is Las Vegas a bad deal, boy some people just don’t have a clue!

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