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Raiders' Allegiant Stadium roof illumination signals end of branding

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Raiders' Allegiant Stadium roof illumination signals end of branding

With the expected completion date for Allegiant Stadium drawing near, the company tasked with installing the majority of signs is capping off its work with a trio of the largest signs on the site.

The two largest, the 50-by-500-foot Allegiant Stadium signs on top of the stadium’s roof, were installed last month by Yesco, the Salt Lake City-based sign company whose largest production facility is in Las Vegas, and to the surprise of many, a portion of one of the signs was lit up during a test run in early July.

“We have just recently wrapped up the exterior Allegiant Stadium branding,” said Jeff Young, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Yesco. “They’re going to be quite dramatic in the air, and we’re very excited about seeing them during the games and other events. It’s going to be pretty special.”

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Raiders assistant tried to convince players Jon Gruden had coronavirus

Raiders assistant tried to convince players Jon Gruden had coronavirus

In the world's worst Michael Scott impression, Raiders assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia recently tried to convince players over Zoom that Jon Gruden has the coronavirus, in an attempt to show how serious this pandemic is. 

"Bisaccia told them, 'Guys, coach Gruden has COVID, and he's at the hospital now and he's being taken care of,' " NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday. "... It wasn't a joke. What it was was the team illustrating to the players that this could happen at any moment, to anybody."

Well, that's one strategy to have right now. This apparent motivational move came just days before Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson actually did test positive for the coronavirus.

"The point to the players was you've got to stay ready, you've got to stay ready," Garafolo said. "... The players really took it to heart from what I've been told, and know going forward that everybody's got to be on the ready because of the world that we are living in right now."

There have been 62 players around the league who officially have opted out this season over concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Three Raiders -- D.J. Killings, Jeremiah Valoaga and Ukeme Eligwe -- have decided to opt out. There's no doubt others had a tough time with their choice as well.

[RELATED: Raiders' Carr has much to prove, tired of being disrespected]

Bisaccia, 60, is entering his 18th season as an NFL coach. This is his third with the Raiders after spending the previous five as a member of the Dallas Cowboys' staff. These are unprecedented times, but the longtime coach missed the mark on this one. Big time. 

The intentions clearly weren't malicious, but that doesn't excuse Bisaccia. Put down the "World's Best Boss" mug and try again. 

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Raiders ready to get creative unleashing Lynn Bowden's electric talent

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Raiders ready to get creative unleashing Lynn Bowden's electric talent

There were very few doubts about Lynn Bowden’s ability with the ball in his hands from anyone who watched him rip through defenses in Youngstown, Ohio.

Once he discovered the motivation to turn those talents into a career, his fate was sealed.

“He’s a young man who has been through a lot,” Kentucky offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Eddie Gran said Tuesday. “When he was growing up, things weren’t all perfect. He’s a young man that’s had to mature and he’s done that. A guy that’s grown and is a great father who loves his child.

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