On Tuesday, Ice Cube's film "Straight Outta L.A." aired on ESPN. In the end of the film, AL Davis was on the topic of leaving of L.A. back in 1995. He finished by saying, "If they ever offered a new stadium, they could knock."
At first, I thought nothing of it, but the more I thought the more I worried. Every time I thought of a reason for Davis not moving back to L.A., I thought of a reason that voided it.
The Raiders recently agreed to a 3 year extension with the Oakland Coliseum Authority to allow the Raiders to play in their current home. This deal has the Raiders staying in Oakland through 2015.
The film "Straight Outta L.A." reminded us of Davis' agreement to play in Irwindale, 15 minutes out of L.A. He had agreed to build a 65,000 seat stadium in a rock quarrey and Irwindale paid him $10 million. Davis ditched that plan and returned to Oakland in 1995. Plus, Al's quote "If they offered a new stadium, they could knock" can be applied to the new 70,000 seat stadium being built in Industry.
When the Raiders left L.A., they were riding a series of forgettable seasons falling short of the playoffs, except 1991 and 1993. The attendance at L.A. Coliseum was among the lowest in the NFL. The Raiders are in a similar position. They haven't been close to being a playoff team since the 2002 season. They played in front of crowds as small as 34,000 in Oakland in 2009.
Davis was lied to when L.A. told him they would add suites and club seats to the L.A. Coliseum. He was also promised "sellouts for the next 16 years" when he re-located back to Oakland in 1995. Being lied to effected his decision to leave L.A., one must wonder if it will also effect his decision to stay in Oakland.
Some say Al Davis will never make the mistake of leaving Oakland again. I hope that its true, but this is Al Davis. Davis would not hesitate to shock the NFL with a move back to the L.A. area.
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