Monday, March 27, 2017

Raiders Move to Vegas and There Were Lots of Politics Were Involved

  The notion that everything happens in an orderly fashion is outrageous. Politics in involved in almost everything. There is politics in our politics and there is politics in our sports. Today, the NFL scheduled a vote to move the Raiders to Vegas. 31 owners voted "yes" and 1 owner voted "no". That owner was Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins owner. 


Ross told Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, 
“My position today was that we as owners and as a League owe it to fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted” 


  When we look at Miami and the landscape in terms of their market, they are a glamor franchise. Miami is a market where free agents want to come to and I don't think Ross likes the idea of having another glamor franchise in the NFL.

 This leads me to the most powerful individual in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Jerry advocated for the Raiders move to Vegas because San Antonio was another rumored destination and many Cowboys fans are in San Antonio so that would take a lot of that fan base away. Plus, the
Cowboys are the most popular team in Texas. Jerry is a businessman so he knows that if the very popular Raiders move to Texas, that is bad for business. 

"I thought it was somebody joking with me when they came out here about the Raiders going to San Antonio," the Cowboys owner told reporters on Tuesday. "So I don't have any comment, other than how valued I feel, and the Cowboys feel about our fans in San Antonio."


"The Cowboys owner called San Antonio "a great city and a great sports town," saying that he's never given a thought to Texas housing three NFL teams. Neither has the NFL, with spokesman Greg Aiello telling the San Antonio Express-News on Tuesday that the league has "received no applications from any of our teams to relocate at this point, so there is nothing for us to respond to."


Jerry Jones tries to bring up the point that it would be crazy to have three teams in Texas.


"I am very pleased that we have the fan base that we have down there and the percentage of fans we have (in San Antonio)," Jones said. "I think it is 97, 98, 99 percent Cowboys fans in the area. But it doesn't surprise me at all."


He also brings up the point that there are many Cowboys fans in that area.

  It is very clear that Jerry does not like the idea of a team moving to San Antonio. This leads me to my next point which makes me start off by stating that Jerry Jones is very good friends with Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Rams. 

"I’m a real fan of Stan Kroenke,” Jones said, via Steve Wyche of NFL Network. “I’m really a fan of Los Angeles and having the NFL have a major posture relative to the sports scene in Los Angeles.
“Stan is outstanding. He’s been outstanding in the NFL and he's the kind of people you want to be with.”
  When the Rams wanted to move to Los Angelos, Jerry Jones was the first one to say, "Owners should respect Stan Kroenke's right to move"
Clearly, Jerry Jones and Stan Kroenke are very good friends and I think the other reason Jerry wanted the Raiders in Las Vegas is because Stan didn't want another team in L.A. According to the Harris Poll, "Oakland Raiders are a top 15 NFL Team in terms of Popularity" Oakland is a popular team. Right now, the Rams are the most popular team in L.A but if the Raiders came to L.A that would change. I think Stan told Jerry that there is no way he could have another team in L.A after the Chargers just moved there.
  So, Jerry Jones at the end of the day didn't want the Raiders in San Antonio because that is bad for the Cowboys and business in Texas and he didn't want it in L.A because that is bad for his ally Stan Kroenke so he orchestrated a plot to send them to Vegas

  So what was Jerry's response to all of this? NFL Media's Ian Rapaport reported that when Jones was asked about the Raiders moving to Vegas, he said,  It is an exciting day." 
  That wasn't his reaction when the Raiders were going to move to San Antonio so this was definitely a political play on Jerry Jones' part to make sure he and his allies were happy

Signing off.....
Sinan

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