A lot of people hate Draymond Green. I actually kind of like him. He's a 2nd round pick who's worked hard to become an All-Star. Yes, he has a ton of talent around him, but he's a very solid NBA player who's perfect for what is asked of him on the Warriors. He's a competitor which I like since AAU culture is ruining the NBA. I don't agree with a lot of shit he says but that is not the case here.
People on twitter have been shitting on Draymond Green for saying "You Don't Move the Raiders" since they already have moved before. (as they were the Los Angeles Raiders from 1982-1994) Plus with the Golden State Warriors leaving Oakland for San Francisco people have been saying he should keep his mouth shut, but I think that's an entirely different situation. The Golden State Warriors are regional team in the sense that they have fans across the bay area in both Oakland and San Francisco, so I don't think moving across the bridge is the same as the Oakland Raiders leaving to go to Las Vegas, Nevada.
While maybe he could've said it more eloquently I think his main point is valid. Some teams shouldn't be moved. I think the Raiders are one of them. I'm really not crazy about any city losing it's fans, (san-diego-chargers-are-moving-to-los-angeles.html) but I'm more okay with really small market, or irrelevant franchises with little fan support (sorry Rams) moving. But despite the Raiders futility they still have a die-hard following. The Oakland Raiders are still one of the premiere NFL franchises with loads of history, despite semi-irrelevance on the field the last decade or so. If you were ranking all time NFL franchises, Raiders have to be top 10 easily and teams like that shouldn't be moved plain and simple. If I was a Raiders fan I don't know how I'd feel. Part of me would be angry and not want to spend my money supporting a franchise that's abandoning it's home and fans. Then part of me knowing they're leaving would want to soak them in as much as possible before they move, especially with their recent revival. So as much as I hate to sit on a fence, with this issue I'd support what fans want to do either way, I see both sides.
I just think it's a straight-up greed move by the NFL and Mark Davis which is clear after 30 of the 31 other teams voted to allow the Raiders to move. Bums me out that the other owners don't care at all about loyalty or integrity. 30 other owners don't care about league history, they just want heavier pockets which this move to Vegas will do.
As much as I don't really like Bill Simmons, he was right when he said that "billionaires should pay for their own fucking stadiums." The only owner to vote against the move was the Dolphin's Stephen Ross who said that teams should "exhaust everything to try to stay in a city" and owners "should have deep pockets to deliver" stadium funding. Which I agree with. Teams shouldn't be looking to jump ship at cities that are willing to build them new stadiums, all efforts to stay should be made which I don't believe to be the case here.
As for the move to Vegas. Now Sin City will have an NHL and NFL franchise. I personally think it's bad news. Sports will claim they care about player safety, and "character issues" teams then have no issue putting pro athletes in Las fucking Vegas. Do they really think that will end well? I'm saying by week 6 whenever the Raiders move someone either on the team or a visiting franchise will have players getting in some serious issues with all of what Vegas has to offer. Between the gambling, drugs, hookers, and everything else in Vegas I wouldn't be shocked if someone ends up dead. Dude's are gonna be living like it's a bachelor-party year round. Put some 22 year old rookie with what he thinks is endless money in Vegas and watch what happens. I bet nothing bad will come out of that.. It's just a really sad move by the NFL that just bums me out. The Raiders and Oakland is something that should never be separated. I'm glad Draymond Green who seems to have a pulse on the area said something.
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