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Why the move to Las Vegas will be great for the Raiders

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The Great Raiderdamus is here to tell you all why you should be ecstatic that the Raiders will have a new home in Sin City.

Mark Davis has no time for Oakland's nonsense.
Mark Davis has no time for Oakland's nonsense.
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Greetings, Raider fans! Today certainly has been an eventful day. Not only are the Raiders all alone in first place in the division for the first time in a long time, but news has come down that the Nevada legislature approved the new stadium bill. Pending the governor's signature on Monday, the Raiders will be moving (should the NFL owners approve the move) and Raiders owner Mark Davis has put out a public statement calling Las Vegas the new home of the Raiders.

So I'm here to tell you why this is a good thing for the team and its fans.

1) The Raiders have essentially the worst pro stadium in the country, and will soon have one of the finest

Football has been played in some real dumps in the last few decades. Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia was known for its terrible turf, terrible fans, and having a prison in its basement. The Astrodome was also known for bad turf. The Metrodome and Kingdome were old and dilapidated. So the communities got their acts together and built new stadiums- Lincoln Financial, US Bank Stadium, Centurylink Field. The Oilers did NOT get a new stadium, and they moved to Nashville and now play in a beautiful new facility called Nissan Stadium. Houston only got an expansion team after it pledged to build what is now called NRG Stadium.

So why not Oakland? Why couldn't the Raiders get this kind of deal? Oakland is currently one of the wealthiest areas in the world, but the Raiders have been left spinning in the wind and playing in the worst stadium in pro sports. There should be no shortage of investors who want to support the Raiders being in the community on a permanent basis.

But that's not what happened. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has always had one priority when it came to sports and one priority only- keeping the A's in town. I don't know if John Matuszak made a mean face at her as a little girl or what, but she doesn't give a single solitary shit about the Raiders. None of the other politicians in the area want to step up either. The citizens of Oakland should blame themselves for electing horrible politicians who do nothing but raise taxes and line their own pockets without improving jack shit. You don't even have a police chief. Maybe one day California will turn itself around, but I doubt it. You're all too indoctrinated to ever change. Lie in this bed that you made with your votes.

Conversely, while there was some opposition to the Raiders' stadium plan in the legislature, there really wasn't much in the local government. The city of Las Vegas appears to be fully in support of the Raiders coming to town, and they should be- this is a team which will be contending for Super Bowls soon, and will be playing in a venue which could host Super Bowl games. Las Vegas is going to build a grand Raiders palace which will bring untold revenue and prestige to the Silver and Black. The Raiders and Oakland shouldn't just "stay together for the kids" if you will.

2) There is already a built-in fanbase in Las Vegas

This isn't like the Oilers moving to Tennessee, where the people aren't really NFL fans and support for the Titans is lukewarm at best compared to college football. This isn't like a potential Raiders move to San Antonio, where everyone is probably already a Cowboys fan. Las Vegas is already a huge Raiders town, and anyone who isn't a Raiders fan is a Broncos fan waiting to be converted. Less money for the Broncos, more money for the Raiders.

Think about this- I heard that the Week 1 game at the Superdome was chock-full of Raider fans and I was at Nissan Stadium for the Titans game and I guarantee you the crowd was at least one-third Raider fans. This hand-wringing about a bunch of tourists filling our stadium when they're not Raider fans at all is horseshit. I'm not suggesting all the fans at our home games would be Raider faithful, but tourists are not a problem when Raider Nation is so strong.

3) You can still go to Raider games even if you live in Oakland

When a team moves from St. Louis to Los Angeles, or from Houston to Nashville, or Cleveland to Baltimore, they're saying goodbye to their old fans and are going to have to start from scratch with a new fanbase. This is not true for the Raiders. California is a really long state, and it would be a problem if the Raiders were going from, for example, El Centro to Yreka. They're going the other way- the western part of the state to very near the Eastern part. I just found plane fare from Oakland to LV for $58. That's less than it would cost in gas to drive there.

If you live in Los Angeles, it's only a four-hour drive. You were probably spending that much time in traffic to get to the Oakland Coliseum anyhow, so this isn't much of a change. Any Raider fan in CA who wants to see the Raiders on Sundays most certainly can.

4) The nickname game is strong

"Sin City Raiders"? Cool. "Silver State Raiders"? Sick as hell. The thing about Las Vegas as opposed to any other part of the country is that it is an area consistent with the Raiders' rebellious and counter-culture image. The team wouldn't need to become more corporate or well-behaved. Las Vegas is still the Wild West.

5) The Raiders will finally have a permanent home without the spectre of a move looming over them

Let's be real here. When Al Davis moved to Los Angeles, he tried to get a new stadium. The city jerked him around for years (IMAGINE THAT!) and the Raiders had to play on USC's field. If Davis had got a real stadium in LA like what the Rams are going to have, the Raiders would never have returned to Oakland and we wouldn't be talking about this today.

Al loved Oakland, but he was also savvy enough to know when he was being used and when the Raiders weren't a priority. He always put the Raiders' interests before that of the city, the NFL, and even the fans. When the team is in a good situation, the fans will be there.

Finally, after decades of being in the Oakland Coliseum and playing second fiddle to the A's, the Raiders will finally have a home to call their own where THEY will be the priority. Even though Vegas is going to get an NHL team soon and has already sold out season tickets for that, the Raiders will certainly far outweigh them in popularity and importance. Having a state of the art stadium in an area which supports them from the highest levels on down is what the Raiders have deserved since 1980. How disgraceful would it be for a team which is in Super Bowl contention to be in limbo, in a city that doesn't care about them? What if they actually made the Super Bowl and didn't even have a lease beyond that season?

In the end, sports fans are simply fans of laundry. We love the Silver and Black around here, and anyone who wears the Raiders uniform. It sucks for fans who live in a team's city to lose that team, but this is good for the Raiders. Do you love the Raiders, or do you love Oakland? You can obviously love both, but it's irrelevant. "I don't personally like this, so it's bad for the Raiders" is not a valid argument.

It's going to be painful, it's going to be hard. Fans are going to get upset and lash out at management. What fans should do is direct their energy toward the local government that left this team out to dry when it has such a passionate fanbase. Oakland could have had a Nation of voters forever. Now it has nothing.

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