Raiders owner Mark Davis has a unique view of his team’s potential relocation to Las Vegas: he thinks it could unite Raiders fans.
“It’s a new market. It has the potential to be a really exciting market,” Davis said on NFL Network from the NFL’s owners meetings in Charlotte. “The Raider fans in Northern California were getting upset a little bit when we talked about going to Los Angeles, and the LA fans get a little ticked off at the fans in Northern California.
“So it seems like Las Vegas is a neutral site that everybody has kind of bought into and it will unite the Raider Nation more than divide it. So I’m excited about that.”
That’s certainly a different view of things and Davis is probably accurate if he’s thinking he can bank on a steady stream of fans from both Northern and Southern California coming into the desert. But to say it will unite the fan base could definitely be a stretch.
And as for his team’s current home, has Davis given up on Oakland?
“No,” he said. “What I’ve done is I’ve given my commitment to Las Vegas and if they can come through with what they’re talking about doing, then we’ll go to Las Vegas. So it’s not giving up on something else. It’s just that there are opportunities. I don’t want to try to do two, three things at once. I’d like to give somebody the opportunity to get something done.”