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With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: October 8, 2011 4:52 pm
Now the question: Who succeeds Al Davis?

That's been a lingering question for years, or at least while Davis was in declining health. The obvious successor is his son, Marc, but there has always been a feeling that he's not interested. He and Davis' wife are the direct heirs.

So who is it? There are strong personalities within the organization, with CEO Amy Trask the most noteworthy. She represents the Raiders at league meetings and is bright, forceful and, most important, a confidante of the former owner.

But people who should know tell me there never has been a frontrunner -- that is, other than Davis' son. What's more, they said they can't be certain that Davis' majority share in the Raiders would not be sold when he was gone.

Well, now he is. So somebody has the uneviable task of stepping into the position once occupied by the most powerful owner in the NFL and one of the most powerful figures in pro sports. Al Davis cared passionately about his club, and he cared passionately about winning. He molded the Raiders, and, like or not, he's responsible for who they are today.

And who they are is a decorated franchise that dominated the NFL landscape, then fell into nothingness, before resurrecting itself last season.

Now, it seems, it's headed in the right direction -- only now that direction must be steered by someone other than Al Davis. For the time being, there is a void -- one that will last for some time. You don't simply step in for an Al Davis and become what he was to the Oakland Raiders and the NFL.

You don't. You can't. You won't.

I just wonder where the Oakland Raiders go from here. Because Davis' health had been an issue for years, I would be surprised if he didn't leave detailed instructions how he wanted the franchise run. What I don't know is if the Davis family retains the controlling interest -- basically, if it keeps it or if it sells.

No matter what happens, there is an emptiness and a loss that will not be filled ... or overcome ... for some time.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:37 am

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:10 pm

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:04 pm

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:01 pm

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 2:00 pm

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:26 am

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

Al Davis helped keep the Raiders unsuccessful through the past decade with his bizarre darft picks and presonnel moves.  As a Broncos fan, I'm concerned that the Raiders may once again become a force to be reckoned with if they actually hire qualified talent evaluators in the front office and go away from signing all of the NFL's "bad boys".  RIP, Al Davis - you kept the Broncos/Raiders rivalry something meaningful during hard times and created the image of the Raiders as one of the most disliked of all teams to football fans across the country.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:39 pm

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

3 SBs. I know several teams that would love to have 3 SB wins. Only a few have won more. You guys give Al crap if you want but when you are in your late 70s and 80s you will not be trying to run a sports team. I give the guy credit. Maybe the game did pass him by but for a moment he sure had the game by the balls. The 70s Raiders were something to see. RIP Al Davis!

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:19 pm

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

1)  Please read the Constitution.  Freedom of Speech only applies to government suppressing the public's freedom of speech.  Here's a link if you wish educate yourself -

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Thanks for the History lesson . Abraham Lincoln.

How are those knee high tube socks treating ya mr Raiders fan?

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:58 pm

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

So there's a chick running the Raiders? 

Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:30 pm

With Davis gone, what's next for Raiders?

Being a Raiders fan has been frustrating for the last fifteen years... But Al really was a football genius, and no one loved a team more than Al did.  As an owner and coach he has three rings, and anyone who knows football history knows how important he was to the game.  RIP Al, and thanks for forty plus years of dedication to the Raiders and the game.

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