Raiding the cupboard: Money, and nothing more, moves interest in Raiders

11/08/14 by Rennie Detore



The Oakland Raiders hardly are a model franchise on the field.
The once dominant, fearsome and downright nasty Raiders teams of the 1970s and 1980s have transformed into a laughable team for the better part of the past two decades.
Yes, the team managed to win a Super Bowl in 2000, but that lightning in a bottle hardly translates into the kind of team you'd be proud to watch on a consistent basis.

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The key word, of course, is consistency.
The 2014 version of the Raiders is the same song and dance you hear every year about the team. They're 0-8 as of November 7, but naturally the fans are disappointed but still support the team by showing up and singing the praises of any positivity they can find.
It's that passion within "Raider Nation" that gives hope to the players, coaches and owners that the once mighty Oakland Raiders could once again prevail and reestablish themselves as a winner.
In San Antonio, of course.
The now Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis met with officials in San Antonio about the idea of moving the team to the Texas city. San Antonio would absolutely love to have the Raiders team, and according to reports, everyone within the city is pushing hard to land the Raiders.
Looking at what little the Raiders have done this season and in season's past, you have to wonder why the push for the team is so strong.
Money would most likely find its way to the top of that list as Davis and the city most likely would secure a windfall of cash. You have to assume the rabid fan base of the Raiders, whether in Oakland or potentially San Antonio, would continue its unbelievable and undeniable support for the team regardless of which city the team ultimately calls home.
Ironically, the Raiders name still holds plenty of value, and the brand almost always ranks as one of the top NFL teams as far as popularity and merchandising is concerned. The Raiders color scheme, attitude and swagger never really wavered. The team on the field, however, just couldn't keep up from a competitive standpoint.
If the Raiders end up in San Antonio, they'll have support from the city and subsequently the fans in Texas. But if the Raiders' brass can't turn this fresh start into a football team that matters, the trek from Oakland to San Antonio will be for naught.
And in about another 20 years of futility, the Davis family quite easily could be looking for another home once the welcome in San Antonio has officially worn out.

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