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Video game icon and legendary football coach John Madden said he was “shocked” by how quickly the NFL moved to allow the Oakland Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas.
“I didn’t think that that would happen, and when they got a vote of 31-1 (from the owners), I was really shocked and I was surprised not only that it happened, but how quickly that it happened,” Madden said in an interview on SiriusXM on Thursday. “I’m not sure that they have that whole deal together yet.”
Madden also said he doesn’t envy the task that lies ahead for visiting coaches once the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas is complete.
“I would hate to have my team be in Las Vegas on Saturday night before the game,” Madden said. “You say, ‘Well, you had a bunch of rowdies,’ but every team has a bottom 10. You can say, ‘Oh, we got a good group, it’s a great group, we’re together,’ and all this stuff. Say you have 55 guys. Forty-five of them can be perfect, but you’ve got that bottom 10. And you have to be as good as your last guy. If this thing goes through, I think there’s going to be a lot of problems like that.”
Madden, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, coached the Oakland Raiders for 10 seasons, leading the franchise to a Super Bowl victory in 1976. While the Raiders moved to Los Angeles and then back to Oakland, the Bay Area native has continued to make his home there as he launched a broadcasting career that dovetailed into digital fame with the success of the Madden NFL line by EA Sports.
“It really gets you because of the finality of it,” Madden said. “When they moved before (to Los Angeles), that was after I got out and I was in broadcasting and I wasn’t that much of a part of it, but we had a stadium in Oakland that was relevant. And so, ‘OK, Oakland may lose the Raiders, but we’ll get another team,’ because that was the way it was working back then.”
The antiquated Oakland Coliseum, which opened in 1964, became the driving force behind the Raiders’ departure as team owner Mark Davis looked for various new sites for the team. The team will play at least two more seasons in Oakland as its new $2 billion stadium in Las Vegas is constructed.
“When they move out, that’s going to be torn down and it’s going to be a high-rise or some doggone thing and there’ll be no more Oakland Raiders, there’ll be no more history of the Oakland Raiders,” Madden said. “That really bothers me.”