As we wrote earlier today, it’s looking ever-more likely that there will be an NFL team in LA in 2016. There are three candidates to move, all of whom have previously been based in the City of Angels: the Rams, the Raiders, and the Chargers. We’ve already published our RealSport Roundtable discussing whether the team with the longest legacy in LA – the Rams – should move back there. Now, we take a look at the team that had the most success in LA, with seven playoff appearances and a Super Bowl victory during their time there: the Raiders.
The Raiders have made headway already
by Charlie Anderson
If the Raiders were to move LA, they’ve already made significant headway in moving forward with a partner – the San Diego Chargers. The two teams have already submitted a request to build a stadium that will host both of them, and, crucially, Carson City Council have already approved their plans. Of course, if the Raiders don’t relocate, they could always move to LA for a stadium of their own, a luxury they don’t currently enjoy due to sharing the O.co Coliseum with the Oakland Athletics.
It’s always an eyesore at the start of the season, with the baseball diamond taking up a large portion of the field. It’s not only a visual thing but can cause issues with the play of players, as differing textures for players can affect performance. In either case, returning to LA will return the team to the place where they had more success. They won their third Super Bowl in LA, but they made the postseason seven times in their thirteen seasons in LA – a success rate of 54%. In Oakland, however, they’ve made the playoffs just twice as often in over three times as long in LA, with 14 postseason appearances in 43 seasons in the bay area, or in just 33% of their seasons. Then there’s the fact that the L.A. Raiders name will always have a ring of ‘cool’ to it, due to its intertwining with N.W.A and the 80s West Coast hip hop scene. There’s just too many reasons for the Silver & Black not to return to L.A.
Don’t disrupt the turnaround
by David Venables
This situation seems a little too familiar. Sure, the Raiders played in Los Angeles before, as then-owner Al Davis cited failings with Oakland Coliseum as a reason to move the franchise to the Los Angeles Coliseum. The move was actually blocked by the NFL owners, but after filing two lawsuits, one in conjunction with the Los Angeles Coliseum (who had just lost the Los Angeles Rams to the Anaheim Stadium), Davis’ wishes were granted by a jury.
Despite winning a Super Bowl early in their tenure in Los Angeles, the Raiders’ successes dimmed as the consternation from Davis with the Los Angeles Coliseum grew. This eventually led to the Raiders moving back to Oakland after just 12 seasons in Los Angeles, bringing us right up to the present day.
Now, Al Davis’ son, Mark, is determined to once again make LA the home of the Raiders. My biggest question is: Why? The franchise has already upped sticks for LA and decided to leave just a short time after. What would make them think that trying for a second time would be any different? The Raiders also happen to have one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL, so the uproar amongst those fans living around Oakland would be tangible. Finally, the franchise, after spending year-after-year-after-year dwelling and toiling in the doldrums of the NFL cellar, seems to be on an upward trend. Why cause a massive upheaval behind the scenes just as your franchise looks to be turning the corner and close to joining the NFL elite again?
I’m sorry, but Mr. Davis, there is no good reason for you to move the Raiders back to LA. Leave them be.