The Las Vegas Raiders of Oakland
There are some things best left untouched.
Established objects and entities should not be relocated to a new residence solely on the basis of business virtues for the sake of on increase in monetary overflow.
You don’t go around migrating Michelangelo's painted masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to, say, France’s world famous Louvre museum because it’s financially attractive — you just don’t.
There’s tradition and purification to be accounted for; and you shouldn’t ever looked passed this.
With that said, unless you live under a rock — or just have zero methods of intercepting sports related news — then you probably heard about the Raiders’ move from its native Oakland, Calif. to the gambling capital of perhaps the world, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Now this move has a lot of factors to consider: the business side of things as well as the fanatical side of things, among others.
First and foremost, the NFL is a business, so the relocation of any team should not come as a total shock because the NFL, and its teams, are in the business of making substantial profits; primarily and ultimately.
But the Raiders?
The Raiders, to me — and I’m sure to a lot of people — are just one of those teams you do not flip flop around because you can benefit financially from its brand.
The Lakers should not be moved from LA, just like the Cowboys should not be moved from Dallas.
The Raiders are Oakland through and through.
The team, and the city, have an undeniable trademarked attitude to them, as well as its inhabitants.
Even the move from Oakland to Los Angeles the Raiders went through in the early 1980s was justifiable; much like how Oakland has attitude, so does LA — see the 1980s/1990s gangster rap scene for more evidence.
To me, the move reeks of commercialism.
And I’m not here to spill hippy-dippy-mumbo-jumbo and say everything should stay as is and everything in the beginning should be the “be all, end all” of things — no, far from it.
I’m just here to argue that if a team is synonymous with an area and a fan base, then it should be left alone.
What’s next, the Atlantic City Panthers? Or perhaps the Palm Springs Chiefs?
What’s the point in growing up and rooting for a local team, only to be stripped of that joy at any time a high-end business partner comes knocking on the door with a substantial offer?
Things shouldn’t be that way.
Hopefully this is not the birth of a common trend in the NFL where fans are stripped of their favorite teams, because if you are not counting, that’s three relocated franchises in the NFL in the last year alone!
Hopefully this is as bad as it gets.
Only time will tell, I suppose.