Raiders officially drops ‘Oakland’ from all social media
The Oakland Raiders will become the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020, and they are taking the final steps into making that official. On Friday, the team’s official social media accounts removed ‘Oakland’ from their information.
While they will be playing their home games in Las Vegas in 2020, they won’t officially be named the Las Vegas Raiders until March. That is due to the new league year not beginning until March.
Even when the NFL announced the 2020 NFL Draft order, they listed them as just the Raiders. Until they complete the entire relocation process, they aren’t able to insert Las Vegas into their name.
This season, the Raiders finished with a 7-9 record and missed the postseason for the third straight season. After the first 11 weeks, it appeared that the Raiders could actually contend for the AFC West title.
But in heartbreaking fashion, the Raiders lost five of their last six games. The biggest and most disappointing loss came in Week 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In the Raiders’ final home game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, they took a 16-6 lead late into the fourth quarter. To the dismay of fans in Oakland, Gardner Minshew connected with Chris Conley for two touchdowns to win the game with under a minute remaining.
As a result, the disgruntled fans who will see their team move to Las Vegas began to throw items onto the field. Following the narrow defeat, Jon Gruden apologized to the fans for how the team performed in their final home game in Oakland.
There’s no doubt that most of the fans in the ‘Black Hole’ will follow the storied franchise to their new stadium. At the same time, the team’s social media accounts will be updated in due time.