Davis: Raiders not going to change their uniforms

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Davis: Raiders not going to change their uniforms

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.

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”