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Mark Davis, Gavin Maloof had front-row seats for Sharks' Game 4 loss

Mark Davis, Gavin Maloof had front-row seats for Sharks' Game 4 loss

When a shot of Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and former Sacramento Kings owner Gavin Maloof popped up during the final minutes of Game 4 between the Sharks and Golden Knights on Tuesday night, there were likely a lot of Northern California sports fan booing at the television.

Maloof and his family owned the Kings from 1996 through 2013, and tried to move the team to Anaheim in 2010. The family now owns a minority share of the Golden Knights.

Davis took over control of the Raiders in 2011 when his father Al died, and was successful in his bid to move the team to Las Vegas. The Raiders will play the 2019 season in Oakland, and then move into a new Las Vegas stadium prior to the 2020 season.

The two owners had front-row seats to watch the Golden Knights blank the Sharks 5-0 in Game 4, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn't want team anywhere near 'Hard Knocks'

Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn't want team anywhere near 'Hard Knocks'

PHOENIX — The Raiders are among five NFL teams eligible for “Hard Knocks.” They don’t have a new head coach. They didn’t make the playoffs last year. They can’t say no if forced to be this year’s feature subject on the NFL’s annual training camp documentary show.

Owner Mark Davis made it perfectly clear Tuesday afternoon, and in private conversations with those choosing the “Hard Knocks” team, that he doesn’t want the Raiders on the show’s 2019 edition.

“Not this year,” Davis said. “It’s not the right time.”

A documentary producer might beg to differ.

The Raiders are loaded with fascinating characters, big personalities and great sound bytes, especially from head coach Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock. Receiver Antonio Brown is larger than life, and Vontaze Burfict has been, fair or not, been cast as an NFL villain.

The Raiders will also have some well-known prospects on the roster, considering they have four NFL draft picks in the top 35 overall.

Davis doesn’t care about all that. He doesn’t ever want to be on “Hard Knocks,” but would do it if the Raiders were forced to do so.

“I don’t think I ever want to do it, but at some point in time we might have to,” Davis said. “Hopefully we get in the playoffs and we don’t have to.”

The Raiders were dreadful and didn’t qualify for the playoffs in 2018, meaning the Raiders might be a serious candidate. If that were the case, Davis joked about taking drastic measures in search of a loophole.

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“I told (head coach Jon Gruden), if they make us do it I’ll fire you and then hire you right back,” Davis said. “After all, they can’t make you do it with a new coach.”

Next year might be better for the Raiders to do the show if forced, considering it would help promote their transition to Las Vegas.

The featured team typically is announced in May. The show is broadcast on HBO.

Raiders owner Mark Davis thrilled Oakland Coliseum lease was approved

Raiders owner Mark Davis thrilled Oakland Coliseum lease was approved

PHOENIX – The Raiders will spend one more season in Oakland, the final stretch of a prolonged transition from the East Bay to Las Vegas.

It will happen at the Oakland Coliseum, after NFL owners unanimously approved a new lease agreement on Monday at the annual league meeting. It was the last of four approval votes to validate a pact to play 2019 in Oakland.

It brought owner Mark Davis great relief, which was written on his face while speaking with NBC Sports Bay Area in the Arizona Biltmore hotel’s main lobby.

“I won’t work out a stadium lease again in my lifetime,” Davis said with a smile.

His search for a place to play 2019 has been stressful. The Raiders abandoned negotiations with the Oakland Coliseum in December 2018, after Oakland sued the Raiders and the NFL for antitrust violations and breach of contract.

That sent the Raiders searching outside the market, into negotiations with the San Francisco Giants to play at Oracle Park and the undesirable Levi’s Stadium option. They all proved fruitless, sending the Raiders back to work out a deal with the Oakland Coliseum.

Now the Oakland Coliseum deal is done, including a 2020 option to account for unforeseen Las Vegas stadium delays. In short, there’s the clear path to Las Vegas.

Davis is happy to have a place to play until the Raiders debut in the Silver State.

“I think (Raiders president Marc Badain and Raiders general counsel Dan Ventrelle), with both hands tied behind their back, did a really admirable job working with the city (of Oakland) and getting a deal done under tough circumstances,” Davis said. “We’re ready to go.”

Despite pulling his Raiders up and leaving for Las Vegas, Davis still holds affection for the Raiders’ Bay Area fan base, and hopes to honor the team’s past before starting a new chapter in franchise history.

“The main thing here is that we get to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the AFL and the Raiders in the Bay Area, which I was hoping to do all along,” Davis said. “That’s going to be exciting.”

While he’ll look back on his team’s tradition in 2019, Davis is focused on the future and a rapidly progressing stadium in Las Vegas.

“I go by it and water it,” Davis said with a smile. “Then I come back a couple weeks later and it grows.”

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While there have been minor delays, the new venue opening just off the Las Vegas Strip should be ready to host games in Aug. 2020. A state-of-the-art training facility is being built in nearby Henderson, Nevada, and that could be ready around June 2020.

Until then, however, the Raiders have a place to play in Oakland as this long transition comes to a close.