October 5, 2008 |
The man who once was a maverick you could root for has become a buffoon that nobody can work for. Known for his catchy slogans like, "Just Win Baby" and "Commitment to Excellence," Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis was the NFL's biggest rebel, a force to be reckoned with because of how good his teams were on the field and how fierce his bite was off it. With his slicked-back, jet-black hair, Davis looked like he should be hanging out with Classy...
December 2, 1999 |
In the latest legal battle with maverick Al Davis, fellow NFL owners closed ranks around commissioner Paul Tagliabue by voting unanimously yesterday not to investigate charges that he raided millions of dollars from the league. Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, said the decision was expected and vowed to return to court with his claims against Tagliabue and outgoing NFL president Neil Austrian. "I'm not disappointed," Davis said after the five-hour meeting at a downtown Atlanta hotel.
October 5, 1987 |
To borrow a term from TV news jargon, the National Football League strike produced so much "bang-bang" yesterday that the latest smart maneuver by Al Davis went almost unnoticed. Davis is the majority owner of the Los Angeles Raiders, a team that used to be known as the Oakland Raiders, but that ultimately will be known as the Irwindale Raiders, whenever the latter community's new $115 million "state- of-the-art" stadium is completed. Even though Irwindale has already sweetened the deal by giving Davis a non- refundable $10 million bond up front, other NFL club owners are saying Commissioner Pete Rozelle will never permit the Raiders to relocate in that small industrial town 25 miles outside of L.A. Of course, these same owners were equally confident that Rozelle would never allow Davis to move the Raiders out of Oakland, and we all know how that battle of wits turned out. Davis has been described as the Frank Sinatra of pro sports, because he thumbs his nose at convention and does it his way. Naturally, this does not endear Davis to the old-boy clique among NFL owners, whose franchises have overcome their own mismanagement and grown fat on TV royalties.
March 13, 1990 |
Al Davis, managing general partner of the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders, yesterday announced his intention to move his franchise back to Oakland by the 1992 season. Davis, who is attending the NFL's owners meeting in Orlando, notified Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson and Don Perata, head of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, of his decision by telephone. The Raiders played in Oakland from 1960 to 1982, when Davis moved the club to Los Angeles over the NFL's objections. "We've been on the 10-yard line, then on the 5-yard line, now we have to call the play and get in the end zone," said the man who has come to symbolize what many regard as the league's renegade franchise.
July 7, 1995 |
Looking like a middle-aged Elvis Presley and sounding like a capitalist version of Fidel Castro, Al Davis used the Raiders' storied history to explain his team's proposed return to Oakland. Combative at times and effusive at others, Davis used a crowded news conference in Oakland yesterday to attack his perceived enemies, cajole his fans and justify his status as the NFL's resident maverick. He got in swipes at the NFL, which will meet in Chicago next week to discuss the proposed move, and at the San Francisco 49ers, who Davis implied are trying to block his return from Los Angeles to Oakland.
April 10, 2001 |
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis testified yesterday that negotiations for a state-of-the-art stadium collapsed in a matter of days in June 1995 after terms of the deal were suddenly changed. Taking the witness stand for the first time in his $1 billion lawsuit against the NFL, Davis said he grudgingly accepted the notion of a second team playing at the proposed stadium in suburban Inglewood until being informed it could start playing there the same year as the Raiders. "That to me meant the deal was dead," he said under questioning from Raiders attorney Joseph Alioto.
June 22, 1995 |
Al Davis might be taking his mangy pompadour, his white Elvis jumpsuit, and his pro football team back to Oakland. Then again, he might not. Word spread quickly yesterday that Davis was ready to announce he will move the Raiders out of Los Angeles - the very city that Davis had successfully sued the NFL to move to in 1982. The Associated Press and two San Francisco-area radio stations reported that Davis was set to announce that he had struck a sweetheart of a deal with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to play there in 1995, and possibly beyond.
January 10, 1998 |
After Jon Gruden went through a second day of interviews with the Oakland Raiders yesterday, the agent for the Eagles' offensive coordinator predicted a quick decision. "I don't think it's going to be a long, protracted thing," agent Bob LaMonte said. "Jon is very pleased with how it went. He's going to go home [to Philadelphia today]. I don't expect anything to happen imminently, but I think Jon has a good feel about where things are. " Gruden met with Raiders owner Al Davis for six to seven hours yesterday, LaMonte said.
August 30, 1992 |
Al Davis, the Los Angeles Raiders owner, has a knack for collecting cash that must make his colleagues - yes, even the Eagles' tight-fisted Norman Braman - green with envy. For the second time in five years, Davis stands to receive $10 million because of an unkept stadium promise. Spectacor Management Group, a company one-third owned by Ed Snider, has pulled out of its deal to renovate the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, citing the recession and its inability to sell luxury boxes to fund the project.
October 3, 2008 |
Crazy like a Raider Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie may have made a few mistakes over the years - Ray Rhodes, the "gold standard" comment, Doug Pederson - but he's this close to Mr. Perfect these days when compared to Raiders owner Al Davis. OK, we all know the 79-year-old Davis is, well, crazy. But the cranky old man may have put the icing on his own cake this week, and he did it all in one sitting. Here are some excerpts, courtesy of the Associated Press, of Davis' comments during the announcement Tuesday that he had fired coach Lane Kiffin.