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Raiders owner Mark Davis not happy about ‘competitive advantage’ the NFL is giving teams

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Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis expressed disappointment in the NFL’s current plans to share revenue based on stadium attendance over the weekend.

Davis, who became the recently relocated franchise’s principal owner following the passing of NFL legend Al Davis in 2011, shared how the varied state ordinances on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic could impact incoming revenue along with a “competitive advantage.”

Per Vic Tafur in The Athletic:

“Unless they figure out financially how to share the gate money, based on some states saying maybe no people in and some saying 100 percent in … someone is getting more money than the other person,” Davis said, noting that home teams keep 60 percent of their gate revenue.

“That’s a competitive advantage,” Davis said. “The clock is ticking and those are things we have to figure out still.”

One question on the minds of teams and executives is whether fans will be allowed to attend NFL games this fall, given the unstable and uncontrolled public-health situation. Coronavirus has already impacted players, who in recent days have trickled in several statements about demanding better health and safety protocols in preparation for the regular season, bolstered most by Houston Texans star JJ Watt.

Davis, though, is also concerned with the potential loss of revenue, as coronavirus has hit the United States at a time where the Raiders will participate in their debut season in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, playing at Allegiant Stadium.

It’s unclear, by the fall, how many—if any—fans can be in attendance for Raiders games in their new location, but a total lack of fans parked in stadium seats would undoubtedly hurt revenue for the franchise.