Oakland Raiders Primary Logo
Oakland Raiders Primary Logo

The Oakland Raiders began play in 1960 in the newly formed AFL and the Raiders won three division titles and a championship during their time in the AFL. The Raiders joined the National Football League in 1970 as a part of the NFL-AFL merger. The Raiders won three Super Bowls and twelve division titles as well as appearing in two additional Super Bowls. The Oakland Raiders have had thirteen enshrines in the Football Hall of Fame. Great success by the Raiders over their Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland years, but now things are changing.

With all these achievement and their intention to move to a new home in Las Vegas after completed stadium construction in 2020, the Raiders are the subject of a lawsuit by city of Oakland. The city has brought federal proceedings against the Raiders and the NFL in search for millions of debt relief in the renovation of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and claimed damages for what it considers to be an illegal transfer to the city of Las Vegas. The city is not asking the courts to force the team to stay in Oakland, but wants the city and its inhabitants to get their money back.

Eliminating the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as an option for next season and with the city suing the Raiders, it is obvious that the Raiders will have to play next season somewhere else. It is without argument that the Raiders will play all their 2020 homes games in Las Vegas but their major worries is where will they play their 2019 season. So what are the Raiders options during this time of uncertainty? The Raiders are in need of a one-year stadium, till their 1.8 billion dollar stadium in Vegas is finished.

Below are some possible temporary stadiums that could accommodate the Raiders for the 2019 season.

Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, CA) – Levi’s Stadium currently houses the San Francisco 49ers and the Raiders could easily settle there for a year and stay close to their home market of Oakland. It could also be the league’s preferred option if the Coliseum is out, because it doesn’t mess with markets already claimed by other teams.

Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) – Raiders had been flirting with San Antonio for along time; before moving to Los Angeles and before choosing Las Vegas; San Antonio was in the mix of possibilities. The property is also NFL-ready, but it is a long distance from their loyal fans of California. Also, this would put a marketing infringement with the two other teams in the state of Texas the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

No Stadium, 16 Road Games – The theme here is the famous song by Willie Nelson “On The Road Again.” Crazy idea and never done before in the NFL. The only good aspect about this idea is that the Raiders would not be stepping on any other teams territorial area. 16 road games would certainly put a strain on the Raiders team and Coach Jon Gruden would hate it, as the team will always be on a road trip with no local fan support.

AT&T Park, Memorial Stadium, Stanford Stadium (San Francisco area, CA) – The Raiders may not be able to play in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum next season but don’t be too surprised if they end up staying in Northern California next season. Playing in the Bay area will be the cheapest and a easy layup for the silver and black. If Levi’s Stadium will not workout, then San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park, University of Cal Golden Bears’ Memorial Stadium or Stanford Cardinals’ Stanford Stadium will probably be the last resort for the Raiders.

Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA) – Given the fact that the Raiders have a huge fan base in both northern and southern California and the Qualcomm Stadium is capable of accommodating the Raiders. And also it would be a short flight for the Raiders to play home games while continuing to practice in Alameda, so San Diego could be a prospect over several others.

The Raiders did play in San Francisco back in 1960 and 1961 and could be heading back to SF for the 2019 season. Sup.-elect Matt Haney said, “People want the Raiders to keep their word and play in Oakland,” but will it actually happen. While we do not known where the Raiders will be in 2019, we do know they will be in Las Vegas in 2020. So the gypsy Raiders are homeless as they get ready for the start of the 2019 season which begins in about 9 months. Stay tuned!

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NHL Logo

The National Hockey League otherwise referred to as the NHL has undergone tones of expansion and other organizational changes since its inception spanning over a 100 years. It is made of 31 teams currently: twenty-four from the United States and seven from Canada. The league is currently  in the middle of plans for a two-team expansion which has seen the addition of Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 and now the just announced the city of Seattle as the latest NHL team which will debut and begin play in 2021 season.

The NHL board of Governors accepted the application of the Seattle franchise to determine if there should be an addition to the current 31 teams during 2015 offseason. Two application was submitted by two prospective teams in Quebec City and Las Vegas. The geographic distribution was not put in place during the consideration for expansion. On June 22, 2016, the NHL approved an expansion which saw Vegas Golden Knights starting the 2017-2018 season. In December 2017, the league’s board of directors opened yet another window to allow an ownership group from the city of Seattle place a bid to join the league.

The bid from Seattle city was approved by the NHL on the 4th of December, 2018 with an approval to start to play in 2021. The league will receive an expansion fee of $650 million, which will be split among every other team, except the Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights paid a expansion fee of $500 million in 2016.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said after the vote that the new franchise had the “three pillars” for success in the league: “Terrific and committed ownership, a thriving market and a state of the art venue.”

Seattle adds another team to the Western Conference, which will now have the same number of clubs — 16 — as the Eastern Conference. Seattle’s team also will have an instant rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks, who play about three hours by car to the north. To make room for Seattle, the Arizona Coyotes will move from the Pacific Division to the Central Division.

HISTORY OF SEATTLE NHL TEAM

Seattle Metropolitans Primary Logo 1916 - 1924
Seattle Metropolitans Primary Logo 1916 – 1924

The city of Seattle had a professional ice hockey team referred to as the Seattle Metropolitans, founded by Frank and Lester Patrick. The team is based in Seattle, Washington and they played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association between 1915 – 1924 and they won the Stanley Cup in the year 1917 by becoming the first American team to win the trophy, the Metropolitans beat the Montreal Canadiens in a best-of-five series. The Seattle Metropolitan has their home arena at the Seattle Ice Arena. The Metropolitans again played for the Cup in 1919 and 1920 before folding in 1924.

The Patrick’s offered players from the Toronto Blueshirts of the National Hockey Association a lucrative salary as a means to stock up the new team and this made the Seattle team a very competitive squad. The name Seattle Metropolitans was derived from the Metropolitan Building Company who owned the land and built the Arena where the team plays all their home games.

Seattle was awarded an NHL franchise in 1974, but the offer was rescinded because the ownership group ran into financial troubles. Another bid fell through in 1990.

SEATTLE’S FUTURE NHL NAME POSSIBILITIES

The city of Seattle is passionate about an NHL expansion. The unavoidable union between the Pacific Northwest’s biggest active metropolis and the league is the worst kept secret in the history of NHL especially now. So as we await the announcement of the Seattle team’s nickname, the question is what name should it be called?

Nicknames to consider for the Seattle hockey team

Seattle Rainiers
Paying Homage to one of the tallest mountains in the history of the United States is a solid concept. Mount Rainer is one of the most important parts of the Seattle cityscape. It all sounds good except the fact that the NHL already has on its logo a franchise that incorporates mountainous snowcaps.

Seattle Totems
The totems are referred to as the second golden era in the history of Seattle Hockey Culture. They dominated the first iteration of the hockey league and won three championships from 1956 – 1968. Adopting a winning legacy like this is not a bad idea coupled with their cool logo that honors the Native American Heritage in the Pacific Northwest. It will be such a lovely name.

Seattle Metropolitans
It’s a little longer, it’s not quite as sexy and it might take some getting used to thanks to an entire division being named the Metropolitan. It just seems to work, though, not only as another reference to the city but in the way it rolls off the tongue. Call them the Metros for short.

Seattle Krakens
The Kraken is known for its awesome logo feature which is a home sweater with emerald green and an ink black color scheme. The crest has a giant squid that engulfs 15th-century sails and ships. The shout of “Release the Kraken” will be such a great intro in the history of NHL.

Seattle Emeralds
The name is from the region’s vast swaths of foliage which has grown over the years from the rain. Seattle is green, Green is Seattle. The name Emerald is referred to as a special jewel which symbolize healing and rebirthing.

Other nicknames to considered:

  • Seattle Steelheads
  • Seattle Cougars
  • Seattle Evergreens
  • Seattle Whales
  • Seattle Sockeyes
  • Seattle Eagles
  • Seattle Sea Lions
  • Seattle Seals
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Here comes SPRING football! Ready or not, we have the first of two springs football leagues about to begin. The first league is the Alliance of American Football (AAF) league starting play this February, a week after the National Football League’s Super Bowl LIII game. The second league is the reboot of the 2001 XFL league, starting in 2020 (more on this league later). The co-founders’ Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian objectives is to create a league to attract football talent from among the wealth of high level players who have fail to be on a NFL team.

On April 7, 2018, AAF announce the first of eight teams to compete in the upcoming inaugural season, Orlando, was announced along with its coach Steve Spurrier. By June 2018, the league had announced its eight original teams, their cities and coaches. The AAF has quite a collection of ex-NFL players or coaches as their AAF coaches — Steve Spurrier with the Orlando Apollos, Brad Childress and Michael Vick as offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Legends, Mike Singletary with the Memphis Express, Tim Lewis with the Birmingham Iron, Mike Riley with the San Antonio Commanders, Rick Neuheisel with the Arizona Hotshots, Dennis Erickson with the Salt Lake Stallions, and Mike Martz with the San Diego Fleet.

San Diego Fleet Primary Logo 2018 - Present
San Diego Fleet Primary Logo 2018 – Present

Players are receiving three-year, no-guaranteed contracts with an escape clause to go to the NFL at anytime. Thus, the AAF’s contracts will be structured in such a way as to allow for a smooth departure if the NFL were to call upon a player. The three-year contract is purposefully addressing the other new spring league XFL, to prevent second-year AAF players from signing up with the new XFL league as they begin play in 2020. The AAF already has signed 690 players to $250,000, three-year contracts — $70,000 for the first season, $80,000 for the second, $100,000 for the third. There’s bonus money to any player for all kinds new marketing ideas such as: public appearances; which is where bigger-name players can make some additional money.

Memphis Express Primary Logo 2018 - Present
Memphis Express Primary Logo 2018 – Present

Safety of the players is at the top of the league importance list, there will be a clear difference between the AAF and NFL rules. One of these differences is the elimination of kickoffs. Instead of kick-offs, each team gets the ball on their own 25 yard line. Polian cringes with every onside kick, so he’s taking it out. Instead, the replacement option for onside kicks will allow an AAF team to get the ball at their own 35-yard line with a fourth-and-long scenario. Convert and get a first down, or else the opposing team gets the ball where you got stopped. This means more offense, which is what Polian applauds.

As stated there will be no kickoffs, halves or unwanted overtime periods. The traditional extra point will also be eliminated, forcing each team to go for two-point conversions. Each team has two coaches challenges during the game; no challenges in the last two minutes of half or overtime, because they are automatic.

Birmingham Iron Primary Logo 2018 - Present
Birmingham Iron Primary Logo 2018 – Present

No games can end in a tie and the play clock will run only 30 seconds, 10 seconds shorter than in the NFL. The playoffs will consist of four teams, the top two teams in each conference. The rules of “a catch” are the same as in the NCAA, where catches are made with one foot on the ground, unlike the NFL, where both feet must touch the ground after the catch.

Unlike the other leagues, the AAF will operate as a single entity, with all teams owned and operated by the league, which will allow for centralized planning, no monetary owner issues and better execution.

Arizona Hotshots Primary Logo 2018 - Present
Arizona Hotshots Primary Logo 2018 – Present

MGM Resorts International has invested in the AAF technical platform and has entered into a three-year agreement to become the league’s official sports betting sponsor and exclusive game partner. This is the first time that a sports organization has sold the exclusive sports betting rights. The new gaming and wagering initiatives will allow connecting of in-game data collection, which also may be helpful for the AAF in attracting new fans and viewers.

For fans, in addition to a fantasy competition included in the mobile broadcasts, low ticket prices are planned and cheaper meals will be available as well.

To achieve its league mission, AAF has announced broadcasting agreements with CBS Sports; the inaugural and championship games will be broadcasted on CBS, while CBS Sports Network will broadcast at least one game per week, with local stations having the opportunity to broadcast the remaining games. Telecasts will feature no television timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials, with the league aiming for an approximate real-time game length of 150 minutes, down from just over 180 in the NFL. To make the competition more fan-friendly, the league’s mobile app will be offering live coverage of all matches, as well as integrated fantasy games.

Alliance of American Football Primary Logo 2018 - Present
Alliance of American Football Primary Logo 2018 – Present
Atlanta Legends Primary Logo 2018 - Present
Atlanta Legends Primary Logo 2018 – Present

“There is a massive amount of people in this country who watch only one sport on television and that league only plays a set period of time,” Ebersol said. “They stop watching sports on TV the day after the Super Bowl and don’t come back until the NFL returns.” “We built our model based on a five to seven year plan,” Ebersol said. “The leagues that failed previously were banking on massive audiences opening night. We’re not looking to put up crazy numbers overnight. We want to build slow and steady and be a long term business over the years.”

The bottom line is the AAF is going about a spring football league in such a different way than any other professional league has attempted in years past. Charlie and Bill might have the right formula on what will work (of course we will see), which is to slowly build the league and have a strong foundation for the future. Sport Team History is watching very closely to how both the AAF and XFL move forward to be established spring profession leagues. See all the AAF logos on Sports Logo History.

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Usually when a professional sports league decides to expand and add a new team, early results are not great for the franchise. An expansion draft takes place, where the newly-added team gets to pick from a handful of players that the rest of league did not want to keep. This means low talent, which translates to low success. This has been true for virtually every single expansion team in any league in North America, with even average performances being triumphs.

However, that changed when the Vegas Golden Knights went to the NHL Stanley Cup in what would be the greatest inaugural season in sports history.

In March of 2017, the Vegas Golden Knights completed their expansion and began operations as an official NHL team. The Golden Knights began to fill their roster in the expansion draft, taking notable players in former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Nashville Predators James Neal. Vegas was also given the first pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, taking Cody Glass as their first official draft pick ever.

Hopes were high for the Vegas Golden Knights, but no one could have seen what was coming as the 2017 – 2018 season began. Despite it being their first game ever as a team, the Golden Knights came away with a win behind expansion draftee James Neal’s first two goals in franchise history.

While that was great feat, the Vegas Golden Knights historic season would not stop there. The Golden Knights wound up 8-1 to start the season off, giving them the best start in NHL history for an expansion team through their first nine games. Accomplishments like this would continue to be set all season, and in December set the expansion team record for fastest to winning six straight games.

As their first regular season as a team came to a close, the Las Vegas Golden Knights found themselves with the best regular season record of any expansion team in the league’s history. Their 51-win season made them the top team in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division, and made them the first expansion team to make the playoffs since both the Edmonton Oilers and the former Hartford Whalers did it in 1980. Also, by leading it since Christmas and clinching the Pacific Division title at the end of March, the Golden Knights became the first expansion team to win their division in all of the four major North American sports.

Entering the 2018 NHL playoffs, Vegas was tasked with taking on divisional foe the Los Angeles Kings. The Golden Knights got their first playoff win in franchise history with a 1-0 victory. They went on to sweep the Kings in the series, reaching yet again another feat no one thought was possible, becoming the first team in league history to sweep any playoff series in their first season as a team.

The historic season would not stop there, and the team faced off with the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the playoffs. Defeating the Sharks four games to two, the Golden Knights became just the third team to ever win multiple playoff series in their inaugural season. This success continued into the Western Conference Finals, when the Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets in five games to become only the third team in their inaugural season to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Vegas Golden Knights headed in the finals looking to be the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup in their first season as a team since the Toronto Arenas did it in 1918, just the second year of the NHL’s existence. Facing the Washington Capitals, the Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead and only needed three more wins to win the whole thing. However, the Capitals would lead a furious comeback, taking the next four games to defeat Vegas for the Stanley Cup Finals 4-1.

Despite the Stanley Cup loss, the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural season can be chalked up as a massive success. Along with the numerous accomplishments already mentioned, the Golden Knights also had several players and personnel be named to their own accomplishments. Both Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal were selected to represent the Golden Knights as players in the 63rd NHL All-Star Game, while Vegas head coach Gerald Gallant was picked to coach the Pacific Division of All-Stars.

The Vegas Golden Knights inaugural season was nothing less than spectacular. While it was unknown how their first season in the NHL would play out, no one could have expected a Western Conference title and a Stanley Cup appearance. As the Golden Knights begin their second season, their expectations will be great as they build off their success their inaugural season success and accomplishments.

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Kenneth Stanley “Bud” Adams Jr. made many contributions to professional football as an owner and literally changed the landscape of the National Football League forever. At the time of his death in 2013 at age 90 he led all active owners with 409 wins. His long life of dedication to football and footballs fans led to many accomplishments.

The Beginnings of the AFL

Wildly successful financially in the oil industry, Bud Adams had the capital to invest in a professional football team. Early on, he partnered with later Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt to try and buy the struggling Chicago Cardinals of the NFL with the intent of then moving them to Texas.

The duo would be denied that opportunity. But that disappointment would set a course for a journey that almost everyone else who tried, failed at. This monumental task was to start a viable professional football league to compete with the NFL. They would go on to found the American Football League (AFL) with Bud Adams starting the Houston Oilers franchise, and Hunt starting the Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs) in Dallas to fuel a Texas regional rivalry that would go on to thrill fans.

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