Al Davis’ Passing Has Some Wondering If Raiders Will Return To LA

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The passing of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has some wondering if the team will make its way back to Los Angeles.

The Hall of Fame inductee holds the title of the longest running boss in NFL history. He has coached or owned the Raiders since 1966.

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“He brought a lot of life to the team. Oh that’s ironic. That’s pretty terrible. But yeah, it’s really a sad day. God bless him, God rest his soul,” said Raiders fan Katie Rotolo reacting to the news of Davis’ death Saturday.

The team left Los Angeles in 1995 to move back to Oakland when the relationship between Davis and the city soured over glove boxes in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The coliseum commission promised Davis to build them, but then wouldn’t allow it.

Los Angeles Raiders fans say Davis held that bitterness.

“It’s LA. It’s no matter what ‘cause as far as everything go, the Raiders nation is still around all of town as long as I remembered,” fan Damon Walker said, adding that fans here never lost hope the team would move back.

CBS2/KCAL9 Sports Director Jim Hill believes a new door has opened.

“That with the passing of Al, that there may be a different mindset in that organization. And if there is a different mindset, then that brings another player to the table,” he said.

Hill thinks the Raiders may now be near the top of the list of the NFL teams hoping to play in the new stadium in Los Angeles.

“I told my girlfriend the other day ‘they’ll be back’ and I think they will,” lifelong Raiders fan Antonio Pozo added.

And he’s not alone.

CBS2’s Edward Lawrence reports that there’s a large Raiders base that hopes that if a new stadium is built in LA, the Raiders will be the ones’ playing there.

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  • uhoh

    Raiders will not return to LA. We have enough crime as it is. We don’t need another spot for their gang to congregate.

  • Sheriff Bill

    I dont know why everyone thinks the Raiders belong in L.A. they were in Oakland long before they came to L.A then they moved back . Let them stay in Oakland . P.S. lets not give the gang bangers anything to smile about

  • sopa1c

    We don’t need anymore Stowe Incidents!

  • Joe Carton

    Oh dear God NO!!!!!

  • Larry Kuinlan

    i’m highly offended all I saw on sports Central was ass when they were interviewing Cartwright and nobodie’s apologozing. They complained about Janet Jackson and they are letting this one go. It was about 5 seconds of man ass.

  • Igor Doublebubblevich.

    TRADE: Raiders for Lakers and Dodgers, NFL is a mans sport, baseball is a event ,unathletic, lakers overpaid millionaires dribbling a basketball, we need the raiders.

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