Mark Davis Raiders Owner on the Move?
Many Kids dream of having the chance to be a ball boy for an NFL team. Mark Davis, current owner of the Oakland Raiders, was perhaps one such boy. And as a young boy it seemed an attainable dream especially since his father Al Davis owned the Raider.
However, it’s been rumored that Raiders owner Mark Davis had once been canned by his well-known and respected father. With a ubiquitous mantra of “Just win Baby” Davis apparently expected excellence at every level of the organization and that meant the same for a teenage boy named Mark Davis. If you don’t do your job as expected, at any level apparently, theres a good chance you were done under Al Davis’ watch.
Mark Davis remained in the shadow of his father for most of his childhood with respect to the Raiders and it fans. Much of the fan base knew and revered the late Al Davis, and his son was but a blip on the radar. But now here he is, nearly four years since the passing of his dad and much has changed. Mark Davis is at the helm these days and is the hopeful leader charged with bringing the Raiders back to the top. The pressure must be great. But Davis seems up to the task and is incorporating an approach that on the surface is a significant departure from his father’s way.
Al Davis has well chronicled history including long fought rifts with the NFL, and particularly with commissioner Pete Rozelle. NFL Films has claimed the battles between the two as the number one feud in NFL history. The media has fueled the fire over the years with a palpable perceived bias against the Raiders. Slamming the Raiders became commonplace toward the end Al Davis’s period of influence. The NFL didn’t like the Raiders and the feeling was apparently mutual toward the NFL.
In this early post-Al Davis era one can sense a seismic shift in the halls of the Raider’s organization and a possible shift in the Raider’s rapport with the NFL.
In 2015 we are witnessing the possible rise of a new kind of relationship developing between two improbable allies.
The one story that went fairly unnoticed just recently after the NFL owners meeting finished is that, believe it or not, the NFL and Raiders could be cohorts in a move to Los Angeles. The organization that litigated against the NFL to move to LA, and then came back to Oakland, might very well be forging some form of a partnership with the league in attempts to move back to LA. This would be in direct contrast to recent comments Mark Davis has made about his wishes to stay put in Oakland. Could it be?
No one saw Mark Davis as the antithesis of his father and future leader of the Raiders not to mention that there was very low probability the climate would change with respect to the NFLs feelings toward AL Davis and or his Raiders organization of today. The relationship between the two had “soured”, to put it lightly, over the last years of his reign.
In a short time however, much has changed. Can Mark Davis manage an unforeseen alliance with his father’s nemesis of sorts? Either way the NFL paves the road to Los Angeles. Is it to be laden with potholes and hazards or a clear stretch of smooth pavement? Times have changed and what was possible more than three decades ago just isn’t today. This isn’t the 1970’s or 80’s, no owner is going to sue for the right to move to LA and realistically expect win. The NFL is the mammoth in the room and if you see eye to eye the potential could be enormous with respect to the LA market. It has been floated that in addition to the possibility of being home-base to 2 NFL organizations, the LA site would become the home-base to the NFL Network. And rumor has it an NFL signature theme park is not out of the realm of considerations. The NFL is looking at the big picture which includes expanding its incredible success in the country’s 2nd biggest marketplace. And the NFL wants to pursue such forward looking feats with the coalitions of capable dedicated owners who are on board with the vison; in other words those who are not going to be adversarial.
Mark Davis as a young NFL owner seems to be open to participating in and along with the big NFL ideas unlike the Al Davis of years past.
Noteworthy are the actions Davis and General Manager Reggie McKenzie taken to support a new Raider direction. Together they have continued to amass a squad of model player/ citizens making concerted efforts to craft a new image unlike the Raider image of the past.
Make no mistake Mark Davis is his own man evident in his attempts to gain as much leverage as possible. It’s not secret he is courting a wide swath of possible future markets which in turn has significantly increased the prospects of a new stadium deal for the Raiders. There’s plenty of evidence Davis has turned the potential for what many nay-sayer said would be nothing into “something” in short order.
If Mark Davis ekes out a new stadium deal, no matter what market, it would go a long way to dispel any criticism about his ability as a worthy and formidable NFL owner. Mark Davis can write his future with the steps he is proactively taking and his willingness to indulge the league while seeking out a win-win stadium alternative. The results could raise his standing with the National football League and in stark contrast to his father’s legacy. He holds the franchises future in his hands and seems more than ready and able to do what’s necessary to build his legacy, win games with reputable talent, and transform the Raiders into one of the most profitable and successful sports franchises on the planet.
Davis claims to always be optimistic. So far he is clearly willing to put forth the effort to make his wishes for the future of the organization a reality. For now the sky’s the limit for Mark Davis
Sourced from Top Writer Vic Lopez
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