Oakland Raider Fan Billboard Protest Must Stop

Al Davis and the Raiders have thrown away a lot of money trying to find a quick solution to start winning games. Now it looks as if Raider fans are taking the same road, and ready to throw away more money on something that just isn't going to work.

Last Dec., a fellow member of the Raider Nation caused a media stir by raising money from other Raider Nation fans, and posting a billboard up that sent a simple message to Davis. "Mr Davis, do the right thing please, hire a GM."

Let me say up front, that I believe that it is in the best interest of the Raiders' organization to hire a GM. The NFL is a business, just as much as it is a game, and some bad business decisions made by the Raiders have affected their abilities to win games.

The message has been sent, and I'm sure it's been heard by the Raiders' organization and Davis. So did this billboard do it's job? No. So far they haven't got one response, or even a nod in their direction. 

The man behind the billboard was Jared Staszewski and he isn't done yet. He plans to put up more billboards and raise money to fill I-880 with more messages to Davis.

This has been a great story, and has garnered national media attention, and much support from other members of the Raider Nation. Currently on MessageToAl.com, there have been over 45,000 fans, including myself, that have signed an electronic petition to support the hiring of a GM. 415 people have donated $7,000 to help pay for the costs of the billboard and printing.

The cost of this appears to be about $4,500 every four weeks, which is a discounted price, according to the website. Unfortunately for the fans, and Staszewski, this plan didn't work like they hoped, and it won't work with an increased effort.

Raising money to pay for these billboards will not force Davis to hire a GM. The money being used for this project is just being thrown away and wasted. These Raiders Fans are s...

About the Author