22 JulSports |
Al Davis was a legendary NFL owner and head coach during his days in charge of the Raiders. He was a trailblazer in many regards and tried to force his will at times, but his most famous conflict with the NFL came prior to the 1980 NFL season as he attempted to move his Oakland Raiders franchise to the city of Los Angeles.
His bid was successful only after a lengthy court battle that was at first declared a mistrial, but a second jury voted in his favor in 1982 granting Davis permission to move the Raiders to Los Angeles.
But the bigger question is why. The most obvious answer might be re-locating to Los Angeles for more money, a bigger fan base and an increase of national exposure. Los Angeles is the second largest metropolitan market in the United States as well as the second biggest media market. Itwas also home to nearly 7.5 million people in 1980, which would bring about plenty of revenue opportunity for Davis.
All of those above reasons were valid, but the move wouldn鈥檛 have come about if not for multiple failed attempts at getting improvements made to the existing Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland. Davis fought with the city of Oakland for renovations and eventually lost patience in fighting and decided he might be better off re-locating to the bigger city of Los Angeles anyways.
The Raiders would last 13 years in Los Angeles before similar renovation issues with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum crept up and Davis decided to move back to Oakland. The NFL betting season is soon to begin, so check out the latest Raiders and Colts odds for Week 1 at 5dimes reviews.