Las Vegas Raiders? Floyd Mayweather ushers warningWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has some choice words for advocates of the Oakland Raiders proposed move to Las Vegas.
The highest paid athlete in all of sports the better part of the last 5 years, Floyd Mayweather, a Las Vegas resident, told FightHype.com this past weekend:
"I don't think it's going to be good for sportsbook betting...I'm just giving you guys my honest opinion..."
"I'm not against it...I mean, I would like to own a professional football team...the betting is going to be rough."
A shrewd businessman, Floyd is known to gamble tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time so his comments are hardly those of a lightweight (pun not intended) in the industry.
However, as Floyd has famously stated in regard to his dealings as a prizefighter, "If it makes dollars, its makes sense."
If Raiders execs think a move to Las Vegas will generate more money, they'll pursue that option.
It's that simple.
The Oakland Raiders, who represented Los Angeles from 1982 to 1994, are known for their extensive fan base and distinctive team culture. Since 1963, the team has won 15 division titles (three AFL and 12 NFL), three Super Bowls, four AFC titles (1976, 1980, 1983, and 2002) and an AFL Championship. And fourteen former members of the team have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Raiders franchise facts from Pro Football Hall of Fame
January 30, 1960 as the Oakland Raiders
Played in Los Angeles:
Super Bowl Championships:
XI, XV, XVIII
1976, 1980, 1983, 2002
AFL Western Division Championships:
1967, 1968, 1969
AFC Western Division Championships:
1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1983, 1985, 1990, 2000, 2001
AFC West Division Championship:
(At Start of 2016 Season)
Retired Uniform Numbers:
First Regular-Season Game: A 37-22 loss by the Oakland Raiders to the Houston Oilers, 9/11/60.
First Regular-Season Win: A 14-13 victory over the Houston Oilers, 9/25/60.
First Playing Site: San Francisco's Kezar Stadium.
Original Team Colors: Black, Gold and White.
First All-League Selection: Hall of Fame C Jim Otto, All-AFL, 1960.
First Winning Season: 1963 (10-4).
First Playoff Appearance: A 40-7 victory over the Houston Oilers in the 1967 AFL Championship game, 12/31/67.
First Super Bowl Appearance: A 33-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II, 1/14/68.
First Super Bowl Win: A 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, 1/9/77.
First To Rush 100 Yards in a Game: Tony Teresa, 141 yards vs. the Buffalo Bills, 11/13/60.
First 1,000-Yard Rusher: Clem Daniels, 1,099 yards (1963).
First to Pass 400 Yards in a Game: Tom Flores, 407 yards vs. the Houston Oilers, 12/22/63.
Most Rushing Yards, Career: Marcus Allen, 8,545 yards (1982-1992).
Most Passing Yards, Career: Ken Stabler, 19,078 yards (1970-1979).
Most Receptions, Career: Tim Brown, 1,070 receptions (1988-2003).
All-Time Leading Scorer: Sebastian Janikowski, 1,574 points (2000-2014)
First Raider Elected to the Hall of Fame: Jim Otto, 1980.