So the Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. The Raiders are not my team so I’m not very interested in what they do. I don’t care for Las Vegas so I don’t have much concern about what happens there. But I don’t think this move to Vegas is a good idea. And I don’t think anything good will come of it.
First of all, this move is just plain douchey. Raiders fans are some of the most passionate and loyal in the NFL. I feel bad for the Oakland fans. This is a slap in the face by the Raiders management. I’ve only been to the airport in Oakland so I don’t know much about the city. But it seems like a hometown kind of town. I bet if you polled adults on the streets of Oakland most of them grew up in Oakland. It seems blue collar and a little bit gritty. In other words, it’s my kind of place. The Raiders are leaving Oakland behind for an artificial tourist town with a large transient population.
Vegas is OK. You can have a nice vacation there and it may be a great place to retire but it has no character. There’s no soul to Vegas. It will be interesting to see if the Raiders will actually gain new fans in Las Vegas. Seeing as how most of the population is transplanted from outside of Nevada the new Raiders may be a tough sell. The impression that I have of Nevada outside of Vegas is that it is made up of people that want to live off the grid and take little interest in pro sports.
The city of Las Vegas is planning on building the Raiders a glorious new stadium. There is something about it that is a bit creepy to me. It’s like something out of the “Hunger Games”. The NFL is relying on public funding to help build this stadium. This happens all over the country and it always upsets me.
The NFL has plenty of money and I don’t understand why they need to turn themselves into high class welfare cases in order to build or renovate their stadiums. Their excuse is that the team will help the local economy. That’s true but I don’t think any city’s economy can be based on a sports franchise. And if the Raiders are really interested in helping a local economy they should be concerned with what they are doing to Oakland’s economy. Oakland could surely use the financial boost more than Vegas does. I don’t see why Las Vegas needs the help.
I think the move to Vegas is going to be a big problem for a lot of the athletes. People pass judgment on pro athletes when they misbehave but they are young, rich, popular and privileged. I think a lot of them do well in their lot in life considering the temptations that are thrown in their faces. If I was one of them I sure would have been a holy terror.
So the Raiders want to take their team that is made up of young men that are probably on average aged 27. The town is known as Sin City and prostitution has been normalized and is legal in parts of Nevada. Other NFL teams will have to pass through Vegas when playing the Raiders. Does the NFL really think there will be no drama resulting from this move? To me it’s really kind of cruel. The NFL is setting these young athletes up for failure.
For years pro sports didn’t want sports franchises in Vegas because they were worried there would be a conflict of interest between the gambling business and sports. I don’t understand what changed other than we live in a world where politicians and business leaders have less integrity than they had even a decade ago. The Raiders had a great season last year but wouldn’t it seem a little fishy if they made it to the Superbowl next year? A lot of fans already suspect that the NFL is rigged.
Anyway, I hope this all turns into a disaster and I want to see the Raiders try to return home to the bay with their tail between their legs only to find out that their once loyal fans now support the 49ers. I hope the good people of Las Vegas replace all of their flunky politicians that act in the interest of big business instead of acting in the best interest of the tax paying citizens.