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Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis Dies

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Iconic Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis, passed away today at the age of 82.

Davis was involved with the Raiders throughout most of their history and was an icon in the American Football League (AFL).

According to the Associated Press, the Raiders will issue a statement later today. No cause of death was released this morning.

Davis’ tenure with the Raiders started in 1963 as the head coach of the team.  He then became AFL Commissioner in April 1966.  However, his term as commissioner was short lived when the majority of the AFL’s owners agreed to a merger with the rival NFL.  Davis resigned as commissioner in July 1966 and rejoined the Raiders for the 1966 season as Head of Football Operations and a minority owner.

In 1972 Davis became the new managing general partner of the Raiders’ ownership and held control of the team up until his death.

To younger generations, Davis is known as the owner who moved his team twice. Just before the 1982 season, Davis moved the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles.  The Raiders played in the L.A. Coliseum through the 1994 season.  Then in 1995 Davis moved the team back to Oakland, to play in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

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