The city of Los Angeles is going to have an NFL franchise or two. That is inevitable what with the L.A. City Council approving all the necessary measures to make the downtown stadium shovel ready. All that remains now is to attract an NFL franchise.
Obviously the Oakland Raiders are in the conversation for re-relocation to Los Angeles. Whether or not that becomes a reality remains to be seen.
Judging by how long it took L.A. City to get to this point it wouldn’t be any surprise if getting a team to make the move becomes just as much of a conundrum. After all, relocating an NFL franchise is never a simple process. Raider Nation knows that all too well.
What the Nation isn’t exactly aware of is just exactly where owner Mark Davis stands on this hot button topic.
On the one hand, Davis has expressed his desire to keep the franchise rooted in Oakland. Recently the city of Oakland has taken baby steps towards renovating the Coliseum Complex in hopes of keeping the Raiders and A’s in the East Bay.
Now on the other hand there is the business factor that cannot be ignored. Mark might not have the acumen of his father Al Davis but he’s got an entire franchise in his hands. We already know that Mark has none of the free spending practices of his father. That means his eye is a little more focused on the bottom line than it is on the field.
That makes Mark Davis all the more willing to do whatever is best for the health of his business. Whereas Al simply did as he desired with no inclination to involve others in his decisions making process, his son is willing to seek counsel as evident by his hiring of Reggie McKenzie to run the football operations.
That means Mark Davis will do whatever is in the best interest of his franchise and all of its employees. It also means he’s not going to settle for watching his team play in an outdated stadium. As a business man he knows that perception is often reality.
The reality is all of us want to enjoy our place of work. It’s hard imagine a locker room full millionaires enjoys their work days in the Coliseum. Top tier free agents aren’t going to be blown away by touring the facility not to mention coaches and trainers who will surely seek better surroundings for their job duties.
In short, Mark Davis will have to do whatever is best to keep his franchise both afloat and relevant. If that means making the move to L.A. once again then it’s an option that cannot be ignored. Just don’t expect it to happen over night. There is far too much red tape to cut through before any reality of a SoCal Raiders reunion can become more than just talk.