Marcus Allen: I'd rather see the Raiders back in Los Angeles
Hall of Fame running back and former Raiders great Marcus Allen thinks the team should leave the Bay Area altogether.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested Thursday that the Raiders, who have a year left on their lease at O.co Coliseum and no definitive plans beyond that, could share Levi's Stadium, the shiny new home of the 49ers.
Raiders owner Mark Davis would prefer more permanent stadium solution, presumably new digs in the Oakland area. But Hall of Fame running back and former Raiders great Marcus Allen thinks the team should leave the Bay Area altogether.
“I’d rather see -- I know people in Oakland won’t like this -- the team back in Los Angeles,” Allen told NBCSN at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, via PFT. “I think it’s a viable option. ...We can’t have them back at the [L.A.] Coliseum, the Coliseum now is USC’s home. ...But there’s some locations there that I know I’ve talked to a few owners [about] and I know that they’ve liked. I can’t divulge my sources though.”
Allen, who came into the league in 1982 -- the Raiders' first year in Los Angeles -- played 11 seasons for the Silver and Black before finishing his career with the Chiefs. (The Raiders played in Oakland from 1960-1981, moved south to Los Angeles from 1982-1994, then returned to Oakland in 1995 and have been there ever since.)
“I just think it’s ripe right now, being the second largest market and being the entertainment capital of the world it’s almost necessary to have a team there,” Allen continued. “And I think with the corporate support and the brand that has already been there, that’s been established, that has a huge following, I think it’d be a no-brainer.”
Like Davis, Allen doesn't think the Raiders should have to share a stadium with the 49ers, even if that's their current setup at O.co Coliseum with Major League Baseball's Oakland A's.
“That’s not the Raiders,” Allen said. “The Raiders don’t share things. . . . I don’t think Al [Davis] would like it, I can say that right now. He wouldn’t be happy at all because to him it’s the Raiders and 31 other teams.”
The NFL-in-LA math is pretty simple: If there's a stadium, an NFL team will almost certainly follow. Whether it's the Raiders is another matter, but last month, Steelers president Art Rooney II explained the logistics of such of move.
“It's all about a stadium," Rooney told Sports Business Daily. "If they build it, [a team] will come. Maybe more than one. I believe we will have one, maybe two teams there in the next 10 years. The league just wants to make sure it works this time. LA is a great market. It's just making sure there's a great venue there.”
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