15 Things That Could Happen When The Raiders Move To Las Vegas
According to Google Maps, the distance between Oakland, California and Las Vegas, Nevada is approximately 561 miles, depending on which route you take. In a few years, the team now known as the Oakland Raiders will be taking that trip.
The NFL owners have voted (31-1) and it’s official; the Raiders will be leaving California for the first time in almost six decades and going to Vegas. The team’s owner Mark Davis was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, stating: “The Raiders were born in Oakland, and Oakland will always be part of our DNA.”While Oakland may stay in the team’s DNA, the franchise itself will be departing for Las Vegas, Nevada in 2020.
Needless to say, many local fans are not going to be pleased to hear about their beloved franchise leaving town. During the same SF Chronicle article, Davis also addressed this issue, stating that he expected “some disappointment and anger. It’s going to be up to me to talk to them. Hopefully, we can work things out.” The Raiders are known for having some the most unruly fans in the NFL, so it will be interesting to if Davis can indeed “work things out” with them.
At the end of the day, regardless of who is upset, the Raiders are leaving. They are headed to a city which is a notorious destination for gamblers, partygoers, and those seeking entertainment of all types. With that in mind, let’s take look into our crystal ball and try and predict 15 things that could happen now that the Raiders are headed to Las Vegas.
15. THE OAKLAND FAN BASE MAY TURN
We have clearly established that the Raiders are leaving. However, they are going to play in Oakland for at least one more year. How will this affect attendance next season? Will fans want to shell out hundreds of dollars to see a team which they may feel like is abandoning them? Moreover, the Raiders fans aren’t exactly known for being a quiet bunch. While it’s unlikely that they would boo their own team, it’s possible that some of them have a few choice words for the team’s owner, Mark Davis. It will be interesting to see how many of the silver-faced die hard Raiders fans continue to support the team, once they finally depart from Oakland. Having your team relocate can be the ultimate test of one’s fandom.
14. THE RAIDERETTES GET THEIR OWN VEGAS SHOW
13. THE TEAM WINS THE SUPER BOWL
This prediction may have a bit more to do with the team itself improving as opposed to any sort of benefit coming from relocating. The Raiders finished the 2016 regular season with an impressive 12-4 record. Unfortunately, quarterback Derek Carr broke his fibula just prior to the postseason. As a result, the team was forced to start rookie Connor Cook at quarterback during the playoffs. Cook threw three picks and the Raiders were eliminated in the first round of the postseason. However, led by an improving young quarterback like Carr on offense and young defensive standout Khalil Mack, the Raiders could easily be Super Bowl contenders by the time 2020 rolls around. It may be hard to imagine now, but one day the Lombardi trophy may reside in Las Vegas.
12. THE AL DAVIS THEMED SLOT MACHINE IS CREATED
Al Davis was first known to Raiders fans as their coach in the AFL from 1963 to 1965. However, he is probably better known by today’s football fans as the owner of the Raiders. He also acted as the team’s General Manager for many years when he owned the team. While folks may remember how the franchise struggled during the final years of Al Davis’s tenure, the team did win three Super Bowls under his watch. He is also an icon who holds an important place in the organization’s history. With that in mind, there would be no better way to pay tribute to the former owner, then by giving him his very own slot machine. After all, it might be good luck to play a slot machine bearing the image of a man whose motto in life was “Just win, baby.”
11. PLAYERS ARE LURED IN BY THE VEGAS NIGHT LIFE
Las Vegas, Nevada is famous for having some of the best-known nightclubs in the United States, if not the world. It is an extremely popular destination for bachelor parties and milestone celebrations. However, if you’re a pro athlete these may be places you would want to avoid. Between the flowing streams of alcohol and loose women, there are many pitfalls that need to be avoided when enjoying the Vegas nightlife. If you’re an NFL player the last thing you need is some drunken idiot trying to pick a fight with you to try and make a name for themselves. When the team finally does move to Vegas, it seems almost inevitable that players will get into trouble from time to time. Hopefully, the team will have rules in place to help keep their players out of trouble.