Raiders owner Mark Davis: If fans can’t attend NFL games, I won’t go

The Las Vegas Raiders are hoping to play in their beautiful new stadium in front of a packed house this year. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, they may not get their wish. On that note, if fans aren’t allowed, or if the only option is to operate with a distanced seating arrangement, owner Mark Davis won’t attend and would rather Allegiant Stadium be completely empty.

Speaking on the subject, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic, Davis said, “I won’t go if the fans can’t go, and the way it looks right now there won’t be any fans at our games.” 

Taking it a step further, he made it clear he’s all-in or wants no fans at all:

“It’s all or none for me. Either all the fans are going to be in there or none. . . . I can’t tell one fan that they can’t go to the inaugural opening game in a stadium that they helped to build through their PSLs. I won’t tell them that they can’t go but the rest of these guys can . . . and oh, by the way, don’t worry about it because we’ll be able to advertise on your seats.”

It’s easy to understand why Davis would feel this way, and fans probably would agree with his logic.

However, as noted by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Davis might not have a choice in the matter if the league has anything to say about it:

“The league, the union, the state, and/or the city may have something to say about the all-or-nothing approach. With revenue due to take a massive hit as a result of reduced or non-existent attendance, every team should embrace the opportunity to generate as much ticket revenue as possible. Beyond his duty to those who own a piece of the franchise along with him, Davis arguably has a duty to generate as much revenue as he can, for the benefit of Nevada, of Las Vegas, of his 31 fellow owners, and of the players.”

The reason all this is being discussed in the first place is that the United States is currently the world’s coronavirus epicenter. Clark County, where Las Vegas is located in Nevada, has, like many areas around the nation, seen some big increases in positive cases recently.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Jesse Reed | Last updated 7/19/20

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