Prior to the 1980 season, Al Davis attempted unsuccessfully to have improvements made to Oakland Coliseum, specifically the addition of luxury boxes. That year, he signed a Memorandum of Agreement to move the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles. The move, which required three-fourths approval by league owners, was defeated 22-0 with five owners abstaining. When Davis tried to move the team anyway, he was blocked by an injunction. In response, the Raiders not only became an active partner in an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum who had recently lost the Los Angeles Rams, but filed an antitrust lawsuit of their own. After the first case was declared a mistrial, in May 1982 a second jury found in favor of Davis and the Los Angeles Coliseum, clearing the way for the move. With the ruling, the Raiders finally relocated to Los Angeles for the 1982 season to play their home games at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Super Bowl XVIII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Washington Redskins and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Los Angeles Raiders to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1983 season. The Raiders defeated the Redskins by the score of 38–9. The Raiders’ 38 points and their 29-point margin of victory broke Super Bowl records; it still remains the most points scored by an AFC team in a Super Bowl, and the only Super Bowl won by a Los Angeles-based team. The game was played on January 22, 1984, at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the first time the Super Bowl was held in that city. This would be the AFC’s last Super Bowl win until Super Bowl XXXII, won by the Denver Broncos.
The professional American football team now known as the Oakland Raiders played in Los Angeles, California from 1982 to 1994 before relocating back to Oakland. This article chronicles the team’s history during their time as the Los Angeles Raiders during that period.
Oakland – Los Angeles – Oakland – Las Vegas
1970 – Present / National Football League
1960 – 1969 / American Football League
2020 – Present / Las Vegas Raiders
1995 – 2019 / Oakland Raiders
1982 – 1994 / Los Angeles Raiders
1960 – 1981 / Oakland Raiders
Raiders – Chet Soda, Oakland’s first general manager, sponsored a name-the-team contest in 1960. Helen A. Davis, an Oakland policewoman, submitted the winning entry, Señors, and was rewarded with a trip to the Bahamas. The nickname, an allusion to the old Spanish settlers of northern California, was ridiculed in the weeks that followed, and fans also claimed that the contest was fixed. Scotty Stirling, a sportswriter for the Oakland Tribune who would later become the team’s general manager, provided another reason to abandon the nickname. “That’s no good,” Stirling said. “We don’t have the accent mark for the n in our headline type.” Responding to the backlash, Soda and the team’s other investors decided to change the team’s nickname to Raiders, which was a finalist in the contest along with Lakers.
Super Bowl 1
1984, 1981, 1977
AFL Championships 0
2020 – Present / Las Vegas Stadium
2016 – 2019 / Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
2012 – 2015 / O.co Coliseum
2011 / Overstock.com Coliseum
2008 – 2011 / Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
2004 – 2008 / McAfee Coliseum
1995 – 2004 / Network Associates Coliseum
1982 – 1994 / Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1966 – 1998 / Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
1962 – 1965 / Frank Youell Field
1961 / Candlestick Park
1960 / Kezar Stadium and Candlestick Park
2011 – Present / Mark and Carol Davis
1983 – 2011 / Al Davis
1976 – 1983 / Al Davis and Ed McGah
1966 – 1976 / F. Wayne Valley, Ed McGah and Al Davis
1961 – 1966 / F. Wayne Valley and Ed McGah
1960 / Y. Charles (Chet) Soda
*Blue is this team’s history