Oakland Team FormationA few months after the first AFL draft in 1959, the owners of the yet-unnamed Minneapolis franchise accepted an offer to join the established National Football League as an expansion team (now called the Minnesota Vikings) in 1961, sending the AFL scrambling for a replacement. At the time, Oakland seemed an unlikely venue for a professional football team. The city ...
AL Davis Takes over OwnershipIn 1972, while managing general partner Valley was attending the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Davis drafted a revised partnership agreement that made him the new managing general partner, with near-absolute control over team operations. McGah signed the agreement. Since two of the team’s three general partners had voted in favor of the agreement, it was binding under the partnership ...
Super Bowl XI Winner 1976Super Bowl XI was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Oakland Raiders and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Minnesota Vikings to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1976 season. The Raiders defeated the Vikings by the score of 32–14 to win their first Super Bowl. The game was played on January ...
Super Bowl XV Winner 1980Super Bowl XV was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Oakland Raiders and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1980 season. The Raiders defeated the Eagles by the score of 27–10, becoming the first wild card playoff team to win a Super Bowl.
Back to OaklandOn June 23, 1995, Davis signed a letter of intent to move the Raiders back to Oakland. The move was approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors the next month, as well as by the NFL. The move was greeted with much fanfare, and under new head coach Mike White the 1995 season started off well for the team. ...
Al Davis Death, Mark Davis in ControlMark Davis inherited the team after the death of his father, Al, in 2011. Davis with his mother, Carol, own a 47 percent share of the Raiders, which is contractually structured to give them controlling interest. Davis has day-to-day control of the team.
History of the Raiders
The Oakland Raiders have been a part of the NFL since 1960 and are one of the most successful franchises in professional football history. The team has won three Super Bowls, four AFC Championships, and 15 Divisional titles over its 60 years as an organization. The Raiders have also had some unforgettable moments throughout their tenure with memorable players such as Bo Jackson, Marcus Allen, and Howie Long leading them to greatness on the field.
Oakland's success starts at the top with legendary owner Al Davis who was known for his innovative approach to running a team that made him one of pro sports' most influential figures during his time at the helm from 1972-2011. His "Just Win Baby!" slogan became synonymous with Raider Nation which is still going strong today thanks to passionate fans who continue to support their beloved franchise through thick or thin despite all its ups and downs over recent years.
The Raiders were originally based out of Los Angeles before moving back home in 1995 where they remain today playing in Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum alongside baseball's A’s (now Oracle Park). They've seen many great players come through including Hall Of Famers Ken Stabler, Jim Plunkett & Tim Brown just to name a few while current stars like Derek Carr & Khalil Mack look set to keep up this tradition well into future generations! While it may not be easy times currently for Oakland fans there is no doubt that they will always remain loyal supporters regardless of what happens next season or beyond – Go, Silver & Black!
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 2
1983, 1981, 1977
AFL Championships 1
2020 - Present / Allegiant Stadium
2019 - 2019 / RingCentral Coliseum
2016 - 2018 / 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
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