Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis on the field before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Should Mark Davis Sell The Franchise?


The greatest failure of legendary Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis’ career, was his inability to secure a new stadium for the Silver and Black. As it happens, the same may apply to his son and current owner Mark Davis. For Raider Nation, the Davis family will always hold a revered place in our hearts–and for that reason– Mark Davis was accepted with open arms.

Mark Davis, unlike his father, is not blessed with the football acumen to make football decisions. For that reason, his recent comments on the future of the coaching staff and the front office is particularly disturbing. Given the mess the front office inherited, general manager Reggie McKenzie has done a remarkable job. The last two years purged all the dead money off the bill and now salaries have caught up with the cap space. Frankly, the Raiders just paid the Piper and are finally free.

With the huge salary cap space, the team has to use free agency short term while building through the draft long term. When the owner comes out and drops innuendos on the future of the coaching staff and front office, it creates unnecessary dysfunction. Remember the coaching staff would get fired and they would move on, fans are forever. For that reason we want them to use the Cap wisely so the long term viability of a winning team is maintained. If you back them into a corner and force them to make bad signings, they may save their jobs this year, but the proceeding years may be compromised.

Mark Davis may be the owner of the franchise, but he needs to realize that he hasn’t earned his position in the eyes of the fans as his father did. Davis inherited the team and that doesn’t give him the leeway to make rash decisions. Raider Nation is very hungry for their first winning season since 2002, but that doesn’t mean the team has to go all out and waste the good situation we find ourselves in. Managed properly, the Raiders could theoretically have 10.1  percent in cap space into perpetuity. That could be in excess of $13M from this year forward.

The stadium issue dwarfs the talent deficiency of the squad. The talent issue could be fixed within the next two years, the stadium problem has no light at the end of the tunnel. Davis should throw all his time and resource into finding a new building for the franchise. The increased revenues from a new building should maintain the standing of the club going forward. A new building would also attract protective free agents and it creates a cycle that keeps on giving.

While Davis likes shooting across the bow to send a message, he needs to look in the mirror and realize he has failed thus far in his most important duty. Getting another one year lease in the O.co colliseum, kicks the can down the road another year. It means another year fans and players have to grace the decrepit stadium. Mark Davis do your job or get out. We need people who can get the job done. McKenzie has done his job, time for you to step up.

I will give Mark Davis a couple of years to figure out the stadium issue before fans start calling for his head. That should be his only goal right now. That’s within his control. Football decisions should be left to the professionals.

Tags: Oakland Raiders

  • Scoobz

    Just prove everybody wrong Mark and get us a new stadium built in Oakand! If you build it they will come. Fans free agents sponsers everybody will show up.

  • Guido

    I wish he would sell and take that nasty bowl cut and leave the Raider nation

  • Chris Schroeder

    Amen to that brotha

  • raider101

    Should this writer find a new career, I think so

  • Jaime Olguin

    Great job Alvin
    I agree one hundred percent Mark needs to put all of his attention on securing a location for the
    future of the Raiders. Wheather it on the persente sit or a new area, because it looks like Quong chong or
    What ever the city counsol name is, In my eyes he sounds like he really don’t care about where the Raiders
    go, well from what I have heard he dosen’t care at all.

  • Mark Shafer

    The coliseum is fine for the Raiders for now. What other stadium has fans 15′ from the end zone? Is the new stadium going to get the Nation so close to the field?
    I love my seats in Oakland, on the eisle 13 rows from the field. I don’t need a air conditioned suite. I have never sat in a bad seat any where in the stadium.
    A new stadium is coming in the future, but will the average fan be able to enjoy it? The Black Hole will be filled with club seats.

  • KloverJane

    Buy some talent, get financial backing from a city, the Raiders are pretty famous, and stay focused.