The Oakland Raiders have filed the paperwork for a potential move to Las Vegas. The relocation will come to a vote during the spring. The Raiders need 24 or more owners to rule in favor of the move in order to become the Las Vegas Raiders. While it’s still far from official, an eventual move is starting to look more likely.
Former Raiders CEO and author of “You Negotiate Like A Girl” Amy Trask joined me on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it. Trask was with the organization for 30 years, meaning she knows a thing or two about the team and their fan base. It’s safe to say fans in the Bay Area won’t be too fond of a potential move to Vegas.
“My heart goes out to Raiders fans in the Bay Area,” said Trask. “I was with the team when Al opted to move it from Los Angeles back to Oakland. I full well know first hand the heartache associated with a team relocation. The fans in the Bay Area are absolutely magnificent fans and my heart is with them. The team as made evidence for a couple years its desire to move. It’s committed tremendous resources to first the Los Angeles alternative and when it failed a that, it turned its attention immediately to Las Vegas. The Raiders nation is not only in this country, but throughout the world, and I do believe if any of the 32 teams can make a go of it in Las Vegas, the Raiders are best suited to do so.”
Oakland to Las Vegas is a hike. It takes nine hours to drive there. The question is will the Raiders fans travel to go to games if the team moves?
“If you drive it is a bit of a hike, if you choose to fly it’s about an hour or so. I don’t know to what extent of Bay Area fans will make that trip on a weekly or somewhat often basis,” Trask said. “Right now in Oakland a number of fans make the trip to every home game from Los Angeles so I do know that fans in LA will make the flight to Oakland I don’t know to what extent fans in Oakland will make the flight to Las Vegas. I do think some of them will, some of them will be crushed and won’t do so, but one thing to remember is a tremendous portion of Raiders fans who are located in Southern California are from an area called the Inland Empire and that’s only about a three hour and 20 minute drive. So it’s really only about a three hour and 20 minute drive to Las Vegas from that portion in Los Angeles which a vast majority of Raiders fans are located. So I do think fans will go to the games, but it’s going to crush a lot of hearts in the Bay Area.”
Trask also reacted to the Chargers move from San Diego to Los Angeles.
“There’s been a lot of business discussion and I love nothing better than a good business discussion about whether two teams could succeed in Los Angeles,” said Trask. “Now, I grew up in Los Angeles, I was in Los Angeles until I opted to move, when Al opted to move the team I opted to move with the team. I’m back in Los Angeles now having left the Raiders and the business discussion is focused on whether or not this market will support two teams. One factor missing in all the analysis I hear and I read is this. Los Angeles has never had a modern, state of the art stadium or I should say has not since 1923 or so had a modern state of the art stadium and in Los Angeles there’s a propensity for people to want to be at the hip, cool, hot place to be. So if the building Stan Kroenke directs is as advertised, in other words, if that stadium is as magnificent as many anticipate it will be, and if it becomes the cool place to see and be seen then I think that’s a very different dynamic then what currently exists with the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum.”
Jake Brown is the Digital Program Manager at CBS Sports Radio and a columnist for CBS Sports Radio, CBS Local Sports, and CBS Local. You can catch him on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it, iTunes, and Spotify. It’s a weekly sports show mixed in with a bit of entertainment and interviews as well every week. He occasionally hosts SportsTalk1240 on WGBB in Long Island, and formerly hosted Brown and Scoop, Brown and Troupe, and on ESPN Radio NH. Jake lives in Queens and being a Mets fan is finally paying off.