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Mark Davis views Las Vegas as neutral site to unite Raider Nation

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Raiders owner Mark Davis thinks a move to a neutral site place like Las Vegas could unite the Raiders' fan base.

Raiders owner Mark Davis thinks a move to a neutral site place like Las Vegas could unite the Raiders’ fan base.

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.”

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Miamiraider78

    He’s said that a few times.

  • Teabag McKenz

    Very true.

  • KevinDodd_DROY

    Your Dubs are elite, even if they do lose game 5. Keep on keepin on, homer fan!

  • R8der4evr

    MJ Bro

  • Miamiraider78

    Faster? Westbrook runs a 3.9 in the 40. lol

  • Breaking_Black

    Lol. Is he obsessed with Heeney or somethin?

  • I saw him close the gap on a couple of plays last year where I thought he was just incredibly fast. Then he disappeared on some plays as he has trouble shedding blocks

  • R8erEduc8er

    Cuban is a smart guy. One of my favorite people.

  • Probably – my NBA comprehension skills are lacking

  • SB3

    I think you misconstrued what I posted, Kobe’s game is more similar to MJ than Magic’s facilitator, getting others around him more involved type game.

  • RaidingTexas

    Westbrook makes far more mistakes than Magic did. Westbrook is definitely elite when he’s on. But he has a tendency to make boneheaded mistakes.

  • KevinDodd_DROY

    pic.twitter.com/kZQ6E1cizp

  • R8der4evr

    You know it man
    If OKC takes out SA, GS and Lebron IF he gets there that will be quite a accomplishment.
    We’ll be back though !!!

  • krawf32901

    And like i said triple 6 when GS was breaking records in the season shooting 3pointers from Iraq it was all gravy,but now that OkC is in they a55 like a thong everybody is all bent outta shape….dont blame me ble Kerr,Lol

  • I probably did – LOL

    Thanks for helping a guy out 🙂

  • Breaking_Black

    He looks like he added a bunch of muscle and he seems to be coachable so maybe. He would be the best solution for us.

    Young and cheap.

  • R8der4evr

    Join us @Heeneys Heroes

  • Teabag McKenz

    I’m sure there are some instances as there are in the NBA where that can indeed happen.

    According to Leigh Steinberg of Forbes, Paragraph 13 of the NBA Constitution gives the owners the authority to force a sale under special circumstances.

    Under the terms of Paragraph 13 of the constitution, NBA owners also have the right, by three-fourths vote, to revoke ownership if an owner “fails to fulfill” a “contractual obligation” in “such a way as to affect the [NBA] or its members adversely.”

    Of course Donald Sterling caved before it came to this, but if he hadn’t he more than likely would have been forced to sell.

  • SB3

    Was just gonna say that same exact thing, if he’s kept clean and is able to scrape and run free, he can make plays. Get a body on him and its gonna be tough sledding.

  • They get paid to say a lot of BS – the next young hot Laker player will get the same love from Magic

  • R8der4evr

    YES
    ☺️

  • R8erEduc8er

    Want to know how cutthroat NFL owners are? Consider the case of their long-term plan for Mark Davis.

    If owners reach a point where they don’t want Davis to move the team to Las Vegas, they would purposely make the relocation fee far too high, I’m told by a league source.

    Then, Davis would wither on the vine in Oakland, and he’d be forced to sell the team, and there’d be the new ownership that some owners, like Jerry Jones, have long wanted in Oakland. I know for a fact this plan is being considered. I’m told some in the league are talking openly about it.

    Yeah, NFL owners don’t mess around.

    (Also, a personal note: This will be the last damn time I write about the damn NFL in Vegas until a damn team moves there.)

  • Miamiraider78

    If Carr said Mack can get 30 sacks then Coop will have

    110 rec 1850yds 17 TD’s

    is that enough? lol

  • R8der4evr

    The next Zach
    You heard it here FIRST…

  • dplunk

    New post

  • R8erEduc8er

    They can “force” him by setting the relocation fee at a price Mark can’t afford.

  • Christian W

    Nah let’s make it 2400 yds 26 tds lol

  • krawf32901

    Get 3-1 up off your a55, looks like GS is swamped at the moment

  • Miamiraider78

    That looks better! ha

  • dplunk

    not even close

  • Sorry I don’t follow basketball so I don’t know who some of those people are.

    I could care less who wins basketball games. Looks like you are barking up the wrong tree…..maybe someone else here will validate your existence but chat fighting with you about basketball but that person is not me

  • SB3

    Here’s a good one, Shaq or Duncan?

    Gotta go with Shaq on this one, most dominant force I have ever seen in the NBA. And that’s even without reaching his full potential with his weight/conditioning issues. Duncan was a lock for 20 pts and 10 boards a game, guaranteed. Still gotta go with the big fella here though.

  • RaidingTexas

    They could probably try to force it if the commish puts forth that the owner isn’t competently running the team. He would have to bring it to a vote by the owners.

    It’s very unlikely that it would happen, though. The owner would certainly make it a very costly court battle where the NFL would have the difficult task of proving its case.

  • krawf32901

    What exactly did i troll you on i spoke facts,were u a warriors fan when they had MitchRichmond you lucky Westbrook n Durant were injured last season or you wouldnt have made it…..

  • krawf32901

    No need to chat fight I’m stating the truth you’re on here enuff to kno I’m speaking truth warriors this Curry that when they were winning, well the chips are down fught about now and for the record idgaf about no GS Warriors I’m about that SILVER AND BLACK…..and its like that

  • Teabag McKenz

    Actually, it’s not, the point of it is for the writers to report on what they deem necessary, not simply what certain fans salivate for.

    Aside from yourself and maybe half a dozen other people, nobody has been butt hurt over not getting an article about yesterday so obviously the writers know that failing to do so will not effect its overall user base in the least.

    Not to mention, I would be willing to bet we get a write-up about yesterday here shortly, that’s been the way IBA has always went about it on here, putting out higher quality pieces rather than attempting to throw out re-tweets just to get news out there.

  • A lot of basketball talk happens here everyday.

    Pretty much any sports topic that is trending that day will dominate this board.

  • Rikster/Raid/Mystique

    Oh yeah…

  • Rikster/Raid/Mystique

    Good eye Captain

  • Mehung Lo

    Haters of all that asian persuasion.

  • Mehung Lo

    The evolution of man without the Raiders

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Concord was the one you are thinking the problem was it had toxic cleanup issues. Regarding him getting out and walking he hired Mark Badain and a staff to vet each site. He did that a few months after Al died in Jan of 2012. I think they spent about 2 years looking exclusively at OCo and Bay Area sites until the land deal fell apart then he started on SA then Carson and now LV.

    Look I am not an insider. I got all this by reading different accounts at the time. All this info is out there. My premise is that while Mark is far from perfect he has done well in a tough situation considering how the team was when he first got it. He has in good faith tried to work with Oakland and the County for the OCo site and many of the things you suggested he do he did do. The City and County have been screwing this up for years now. At this point I think it is intentional as they want to get the Raiders out of the way to do something with the A’s and their developers behind them. I can’t prove it but there is a lot of info regarding A’s out there. The 10 year lease to me is all you need to know. My one complaint with Mark is the whole talilgating thing. He wants to tie up 80 valuable acres to simply have it for parking. That is just not right. The only way to get the stadium done is to use that land as leverage to finance a larger development with the stadium. Who knows maybe the tailgating was a ploy to get control of the land to do just that.

  • Texasmess75

    Lol

  • Morilla_00

    “That is just not right. The only way to get the stadium done is to use that land as leverage to finance a larger development with the stadium. Who knows maybe the tailgating was a ploy to get control of the land to do just that.”

    I totally agree with that. I think we are on point with each other. It’s just a cluster truck and Mark has been ticking me off with how he has been handling the situation. To me the Raiders are a pillar of the NFL, a team with legacy and tradition. Like Green Bay, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Dallas etc. They need to try their hardest to resolve the situation in their home state. And right now both sides are stuck in neutral. Maybe it’s selfishness from my part because that is how I became a fan. Because I am from the area. Not because they have cool colors or were outliers.

  • 1960AutumnWind
  • BlasterCA

    MD is crazy if he thinks Vegas is anything but a poor mans LA. & since the Raiders have *Been there, done that* in LA…

    Besides, what the hell do we need with a *neutral* site? We just sold out season tickets in Oakland. Yeah, first time in a long time. But we always told ’em *Show us a true team, we’ll show up!*.

    He needs to learn from the past & realize that the Raiders are Oakland & Oakland is the Raiders!

  • Steve Peterson

    Unite the Raider Nation? Baloney – it’s clear that the nerd doesn’t want to stay in Oakland.

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