Aug 12, 2014; Oxnard, CA, USA; Magic Johnson (center) talks with Dallas Cowboys at scrimmage against the Oakland Raiders at River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Oakland is Now Threatened
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan really needs to get it together because there is a real threat to Oakland for the Raiders now. Magic Johnson, who has wanted the Raiders back in Los Angeles for a long time, was there. Sure, he’s Magic Johnson so he greeted everyone, including the Cowboys but he was seen talking with Raiders owner Mark Davis.
These days, Johnson is more business man than celebrity so he had to have at least had a conversation with Davis about his plans. Quan is balking on the new stadium park for the Raiders and the A’s and thinks she has called Davis’ bluff on San Antonio. But Johnson, who got a group together to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers when then owner Frank McCourt had to sell the team, doesn’t play.
Farmers Field, a proposed $1.5 billion downtown football stadium connected to an expanded Los Angeles convention center has been ready for construction. So Johnson, who has his hands in most things in L.A. these days, is not going to let Davis go to Texas that easily. The more I think about it, he probably reverted back to his basketball days and put the full court press on Davis to bring the team to L.A.
He told ESPN.com yesterday, it would be great to have the Raiders back in L.A. I would love for that to happen but that’s going to be up to Mark and the Raiders and the NFL. But I would love to have the Raiders back in L.A. where they belong.” Then after reminiscing about the Raiders’ first time in L.A., Johnson said, “San Antonio? Come on. The Spurs? Mark knows there’s only one place he can go—that’s L.A. Come on now.”