It’s really a shame that the Oakland Raiders are doing everything they can to move to Las Vegas.
Watching owner Mark Davis use a shovel as a guitar on Monday night was a shot to the gut. The whole operation is a mess as the Raiders get set to take on the defending champion New England this Sunday in Mexico City.
When the 49ers moved 45 miles south to Santa Clara, lots of fans stopped supporting the franchise and refused to renew their season tickets to watch them play at the more luxurious — but sterile — Levi’s Stadium.
So I don’t blame Raider fans who want nothing to do with this organization once they bolt to another state. I’d be crushed to see the team I love pack its bags and leave Oakland for the second time.
Davis played broke with Oakland and got a handout from a city starving for professional sports. He found his sucker to give him millions of dollars to build a stadium.
But this $1.9 billion, 65,000 seat stadium may not be ready by 2020. There are so many obstacles and the project seems rushed.
An early look at Las Vegas' new stadium.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 13, 2017
It’s funny that the groundbreaking happened six days before the biggest game of the season. Derek Carr didn’t even know the ceremony was happening.
Davis tried to bring the stars: Commissioner Roger Goodell, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, master of ceremonies George Lopez and cameos from Wayne Newton and Carlos Santana. It was as cheesy as Las Vegas itself.
The ensuing move has been put on the backburner for fans, who understandably are trying to enjoy this talented team despite its 4-5 record. However, whenever this season ends, reality will set back in and the talk will shift back to the reality that the Raiders will be in Northern California for only two more seasons.
To be frank, that just downright sucks.
Besides, there are several questions about the setup in Vegas that make things even more unclear.
Where will people park? Will UNLV and the Raiders come to an agreement to share the stadium? Will the highways and roads leading to this stadium be improved? What about tailgating and parking?
A final development agreement with a guaranteed maximum price must be signed, which seems to be on target for February.
The challenges facing this new stadium is thankfully Las Vegas’ problem, because there’s a lot of things muddled and unclear when it comes to this stadium.
Davis got his loan and his stadium. Northern California Raider fans are losing their team. Life isn’t fair, but one thing these Raider fans can do is simply not support the team anymore.
It’s time to take a lesson from the team and realize that life moves on.
Bonta Hill of 95.7 The Game can be heard from 12-3 on the Greg Papa Show. Born and bred in San Francisco, he is a sports junkie who loves to sit in the lab (home), eats breakfast food for dinner, and has a newfound love for tequila. Follow at your own risk on Twitter @BontaHill.