Davis: Raiders not going to change their uniforms

Davis: Raiders not going to change their uniforms
March 6, 2012, 9:10 pm
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Yes, Nike is taking over the NFL's uniform design from Reebok for the upcoming season.And sure, rumors are running rampant that the apparel giant has radical changes in mind.But no, the Raiders are not on that train."The Raiders are not going to change their uniforms," Raiders owner Mark Davis told CSNCalifornia.com on Tuesday.Nor should they. And a legion of concerned fans can now exhale.
The Raiders boast one of the more iconic uniform schemes in all of organized sports. So why mess with it, right?"You've got the Yankee pinstripes, the Silver and Black, Dodger Blue," Davis said. "You know?"Indeed.Speculation has only gotten more extreme the past year, what with Reebok's contract running out and Nike brand president Charlie Denson saying in late 2010, after the five-year deal was announced, "We plan on changing the NFL jersey dramatically just like we've done with the college programs."Paging the Oregon Ducks and their ever-fantasticalacid flashbackotherworldly duds on a weekly basis.In fact, a gaggle of 32 fake jerseys has made its way onto the Internet, purportedly Nike's "Pro Combat" look. The Raiders' faux gear was comprised of a black helmet adorned by the Raiders' shield, a black jersey with silver piping and silver pants with the Raiders logo on the left hip.But NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pro Football Talk recently the individual teams and the league itself determine logos and uniform schemes."We anticipate new uniform technology," McCarthy said, referring to the physical make of the uniform, not the aesthetic appeal. "Thats what Nike's Denson was referring to in his interview in 2010 regarding changes."Got it? As far as the Raiders are concerned, good. Unless, of course, they choose to break out those AFL throwbacks with the silver numbers a few more times.