Speculations are High after Raiders Resume Talks with 49ers
Are we likely to see the Raiders and 49ers resuming there joint practices and preseason series? The coming days are very important after Mark Davis (Raiders owner) began talks with the 49ers. It must be remembered that Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers used to play against each other in every preseason. They also took part in joint practices before facing each other. But, this arrangement was cancelled in 2011, after their fan violence escalated. Since then, we have heard lots of speculations about these two teams resuming back to their previous arrangement. Last year March John Lynch and Jack Del Rio said they were possibilities it could happen again. After the schedule come out in April, their match was missing and now once again we're in March, with discussion about the preseason series resuming. As we wait to see whether these talks will be successful, 49ers betting odds for next season are high at the moment.
Speaking on Sunday during the league meeting, Mark Davis mentioned about preseason games against the 49ers. Davis had a lot of hopes that the series could restart soon, but the 49ers were yet to make decision on this issue, according to Matt Maiocco from NBC Sports. Matt added that since Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, there is no point of resuming the series. However, most of us don't know whether the risk of fan violence is still higher or lower in 2018 than in 2011. For the 6 straight summers, the two teams have never met in the preseason games. The Niners and Raiders have a long history of preseason series since 1967 before these games were halted in 2011. That brought to an end the summer tradition.
The violence at the Candlestick park saw two fans shot and another one beaten and left unconscious in the restroom. This regrettable events led to announcement by 49ers that they'll no longer be participating in any annual exhibition with the Raiders. An official from NFL also confirmed this information that the popular cross-bay rivalry has seen its end. Was that decision right? Definitely Yes. The game had become too risky with unfortunate incidences. The annual preseason series brought together passionate and combative fans. There was no compelling reason to organize a match that will precipitate widespread and potentially deadly violence. However, according to Keith Matthews from Bleacher Report, this decision was a result of overreacting and claims that future violence can now be prevented is not convincing enough and therefore history will possibly repeat itself.
According to Clark Judge from CBS Sports, the cancellation should be have been a temporary break. That means, NFL should have temporarily suspended the annual preseason series, but not to end it. He said, having two teams that are geographically so close, coming together each preseason to play makes absolute sense where the game is suppose to promote local pride, plain fun and raise revenue. If there are fans who can't control themselves during the match, they should be penalized. This can allow the teams to resume their series. Whether this series will resume this time or not, we can only wait to see how the talks turn out.



 


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