Raiders trying to handle ''Hard Knocks intrusion' in professional way


Raiders trying to handle ''Hard Knocks intrusion' in professional way

NAPA -- The Raiders take over the Napa Valley Marriott each summer. Coaches, scouts, business personnel and the entire 90-man roster shack up here deep into August for training camp with invited season-ticket holders pouring in for each practice adjacent to this swanky hotel.

Their entourage is a bit bigger this time, with a 32-person NFL Films crew documenting the team’s every move for the popular “Hard Knocks” HBO documentary show.

The crew has been around since rookies reported on Tuesday, and cameras have been with star players and others with interesting backgrounds prior to that.

The Raiders weren’t thrilled to be this year’s feature subject. Plain and simple: it’s a distraction, even with the NFL Films crew making every effort to blend into the background.

“We’re on the record as saying the Raiders did not invite the 'Hard Knocks' cameras in,” Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said. “You guys all know that. That’s where we are.”

That’s coming from someone who has spent extensive time at the NFL Films’ New Jersey offices, knows several crewmembers on the ground in Napa and has great respect for the documentarians integral in popularizing the NFL.

While the Raiders were openly against being on the show, Mayock believes the team is handling the situation as well as possible.

“Bottom line for me: Jon and I are old school,” Mayock said. “The reason you go away for training camp, is to get away from all the distractions. You want to bond with no distractions or intrusions.

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“‘Hard Knocks’ is an intrusion, but it was handed to us and it’s up to us to deal with it. I really feel like we’re handling it in a professional way. Tim Rumpf from NFL Films, their director, has done a great job. We’ve been in communication every single day. We’ve come up with a plan where we feel like they can get what they need and we can get what we need to get done. So far, it has been great.”

Raiders' Mike Mayock says move to Las Vegas beneficial for free agency


Raiders' Mike Mayock says move to Las Vegas beneficial for free agency

Las Vegas has long been a city where Americans go to escape the mundane aspects of their lives and dive head-first into the debauchery and freedoms that come with “Sin City.”

Once the 2020 NFL season kicks off, there will be a new mode of entertainment for those who descend on The Strip, as the Raiders will open up play at Allegiant Stadium and re-brand as the Las Vegas Raiders.

Primarily known as a vacation destination, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock is confident the organization’s new zip code can help attract some of the best free agents the NFL has to offer.

“I think first and foremost, we go from a 13-percent state tax in California to a zero-percent state tax in Nevada,” Mayock told's Eddie Paskal. “The players and their agents are very aware of that.”

In addition to the financial savings, Mayock says the new digs for the Silver and Black will be on par with the best organizations in the NFL.

“I've heard more comments about what our new stadium looks like. You know, that black exterior, the sleekness of it. People are fired up about the Raiders in Vegas.

“I think there's a real excitement about Jon Gruden leading the Raiders into Las Vegas and it extends financially, extends to our facilities, we're gonna be a first-rate operation in every single facet and I think that energy will trickle through into free agency.”

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Will free agents indeed flock to Vegas to join Gruden and what was a 7-9 team in 2019?

The front office certainly thinks so.

Police: Antonio Brown a suspect in alleged battery outside Florida home


Police: Antonio Brown a suspect in alleged battery outside Florida home

Free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown is a suspect in a felony battery case stemming from an alleged incident outside his Hollywood, Fla. home.

Brown and his trainer, Glen Holt, allegedly battered the driver of a moving truck, Hollywood police said Tuesday.

Holt was charged with one count of felony burglary and one count of felony battery. Police attempted to speak to Brown regarding the situation but were unsuccessful.

Police hoped to contact Brown in order to determine whether to bring battery charges against him.

The receiver hasn’t played since Week 2 of the NFL regular season after being released by the New England Patriots. Prior to that, Brown spent training camp with the Raiders before demanding his release following a bizarre sequence of confrontations with management.