If you’re a Raiders fan, this is the day you knew was coming, again.
Goodbye, Jack London Square. Viva Las Vegas.
By a 31-1 vote (according to reports, Miami was the only no vote), the NFL cleared the runway for the Raiders to leave Oakland for a new playpen coming to a Las Vegas near you before this decade is done.
And while fans may be crying about losing their team for the second time, it’s also time for them to act.
During Monday’s newser, Mark Davis said they’d refund the money of any season ticket holder.
They should take him up on that.
Walk away from the 2-3 lame duck seasons of the Oakland Raiders. Stay home. Give the money to charity.
For all the talk of Raider Nation, it’s really nothing more than a set decoration for the studio show that’s the NFL on TV. Doesn’t matter where they play, as long as the field is 100 yards long and 180 feet wide. Could be Oakland, or Las Vegas, or Kalamazoo.
But let’s face it, for all the mayor Libby Schaff’s brave talk over the weekend, it was too little, too late, in a city not only trying to juggle the desires of the Raiders and the Oakland Athletics, but a myriad of real life problems.
And as much as the NFL likes to talk about being a part of the communities they serve, in reality, it’s all about the Benjamins. Just ask the folks in St. Louis and San Diego.
So what happens next?
As noted, the Raiders will play at least two more seasons in Oakland, assuming attendance doesn’t fall to the point of embarassment (like in Memphis, where the Tennessee Titans played briefly while fleeing Houston for Nashville).
Levi’s Stadium? If that were really a viable option, would not the Raiders and 49ers already be sharing it?
And in Oakland?
A new stadium for the A’s – now the city’s only team in the four major pro sports with the Warriors moving to San Francisco’s Chase Center by the end of the decade – will happen, but for all the speculation of sites near Howard Terminal or even Merritt College, their best bet may be to build a new yard on the current site, which features fantastic access to the freeway, BART and the airport.