Recent reports indicate that the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers are close to sealing a deal that would move both teams to Los Angeles to play in a joint stadium.
However, some Raiders fans are not happy about their team moving down south. They showed their dislike by holding a small protest outside of the NFL’s Spring Meeting that took place Tuesday in San Francisco. The Raiders’ owner Mark Davis said what he could to attempt to appease the team’s fans (via the Denver Post):
“What’s up, guys? Hey, listen, you guys are the best,” Davis told the crowd. “I’m trying all I can do to keep this team in Oakland, OK? I don’t know what to do, I really don’t know. We’re trying. I’m not trying to divide any fan base. Every time I talk to anybody, I’m trying to stay in Oakland. That’s my No. 1 choice, but we can’t do this forever. I really appreciate you all, I really do.”
Davis also commented that they have “a whole staff that wants to stay in Oakland.”
Reportedly Davis recently had a three-hour dinner meeting with the Oakland city council president stating his interest in building a stadium near to the one he shares with the Oakland Athletics.
Although this little dilemma regarding would lead us to believe the contrary.
Mark Davis said he has $500M to give on a $900M potential stadium in Oakland. Describes a funding gap.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 19, 2015
Even Raiders’ fans are not buying into the Davis’ interest to remain in Oakland. Just ask diehard fan Ray Perez who stated this:
“His actions need to meet his words. Why hasn’t he asked anyone to help him here in Oakland? He’s had this problem for a decade, and yet all his actions are in Carson. It’s a simple rendering, what do you want your stadium to look like? Have a goal here in Oakland.”
Like it or not, the Raiders appear to be on the move to Los Angeles and their fans will just have to follow, kicking and screaming along the way.
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