Oakland Raiders: The 5 Reasons the Team Should NOT Move Back to L.A.
The Oakland Raiders are considered one of the greatest sports organizations in the history of the United States. The Raiders hold the fourth-best winning percentage of all time in the National Football League at 400-313-11 (.560).
To move this storied franchise away from their home would be a travesty. Not only do the Oakland Raiders love Oakland, but the city of Oakland also loves the Raiders.
It would be terrible to make this horrible move to L.A. for the second time. All of Raiders history was made in Oakland and that is where the organization should stay.
5. Cross-Town Rivalry
The Raiders are in the perfect location residing in Northern California. They have a cross-town rival, the San Francisco 49ers, and they each attract a different crowd.
The city of Oakland is the eighth biggest in California and they have more than enough people in the East Bay to heavily support them. Although they still share a stadium with the Oakland Athletics, the Raiders have found their niche in the Bay Area.
Known as the “bad boys” in the NFL, the Raiders are also feared by their cross-town rivals. Recently the Raiders have not won very many against their cross-town foe, but to take away the rivalry forever, that’s just wrong.
4. The Raiders Have Moved Once and It Failed, They Won't Try Again
As everyone can tell, Al Davis is a very old man with way too much power. Since he has already moved to L.A. once, I think there is zero chance he decides to make that horrible decision again.
The stadium problem still exists, the fair weather fanbase still exists and the awful neighborhood still exists.
There would no difference between their first move and if they decided to move again.
It would be an awful decision that would end up hurting only the Raiders organization and after five to 10 years they would be searching for another place to call home.
3. Already a Pro Team in L.A. (USC)
The argument that L.A. doesn’t have a pro team is slightly flawed. Ask many of the people in L.A. and they’ll answer with "USC is our pro team."
If you’ve ever watched one of their games on TV, their sidelines are flooded with celebrities.
Also, with the recent allegations against Reggie Bush and other college football divas, the USC program has proven they too like to pay their players.
There isn’t much of a difference between the USC Trojans and any NFL team that happens to move to L.A., so why disgrace the Raiders organization by forcing them into an already tumultuous environment.
2. Still No Place to Play in L.A.
One of the reasons Al Davis decided to move back to Oakland was that there was a stadium that would welcome the Raiders.
In L.A., the Raiders played in the Los Angeles Coliseum. It was considered dangerous in the eyes of the NFL and in the 1986 season, the NFL decided that all of the Monday Night Football games that the Raiders would participate in would be on the road.
This not only infuriated Al David, but it also forced him to try to relocate the Raiders to another stadium in L.A.
Al Davis had no luck finding a stadium to play; nothing worked then and since then nothing has changed.
1. Oaklands Die Hard Love for the Raiders
There is an undying love for the Oakland Raiders in Oakland. From the Black Hole, to the holiday known as Halloween that is celebrated every home game to the fear that Raiders fans instill in opposing teams fans, the Raider Nation belongs in Oakland.
It wouldn’t be right for the Raiders to move again, killing the love that has been rebuilt since the Raiders came back in 1995.
This is a fair weather fan base in L.A. and they don’t deserve an organization so rich in tradition and excellence. Even though the Raiders have not produced a winning season in eight years, the Raider faithful still show up every home game.
The city of Oakland is rarely seen as a bright light on the national level, but since the Raiders returned, they have brought many positive outlooks to a once forgotten city. The Raider Nation should forever remain in the city of Oakland.