After the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Tuesday that longtime voice of the Oakland Raiders Greg Papa would not be coming with the team to their new home, the Raiders made the move official today, with a press release from team owner Mark Davis.
“The Raiders organization would like to thank Greg Papa for his two decades of service to the Silver and Black,” the statement read. “He wasn’t just given the job. He earned it. With intense preparation Greg was always ready for the call. Just as my generation remembers Bill King and “Holy Toledo”. The Raider Nation will remember Greg Papa and “Touchdown Raiders”. We wish Greg and his family the best in whatever the future brings.”
No mention was made, however, of who Papa’s replacement will be. The Review-Journal reported that it will be Brent Musburger who will call the games for the new Las Vegas Raiders.
Though he insisted in a 2017 interview on the Dan Patrick Show that he has not bet on a game he’s broadcasted since the 1970s, Musburger was famous for at times referencing point spreads and over-under numbers while on air.
Musburger, 79, publicly retired from ABC and ESPN after calling a Kentucky-Georgia college basketball game for ESPN on Jan. 31, 2017. For the last year and a half, he has been the lead broadcaster of the Vegas Stats & Information Network. He spent 17 years with CBS and 27 years with ESPN and ABC, and had long served as a play-by-play broadcaster for NFL and college football games.
Papa, hired by the late Al Davis as the Raiders radio play-by-play man in 1997, is still a prominent radio and television personality in the Bay Area, working on 95.7 FM The Game, and on NBC Sports California.
The Syracuse alum, 55, has spent time with the Indiana Pacers (on TV from 1984 to 1986), the Golden State Warriors (as radio announcer from 1986 to 1997), the San Antonio Spurs (lead announcer on telecasts from 1997-2000) and the Oakland Athletics, serving as TV play-by-play announcer alongside Ray Fosse from 1991 to 2003.
Papa called Sleepy Floyd’s 51-point game against the Lakers, Tyrone Wheatley’s 26-yard run in the 1999 Raiders finale against the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2001 snow game at New England now known as the Tuck Rule game, and the 2002 A’s 20-game winning streak.greg papaNFLOakland Raiders