Mark Davis doesn’t think he has to choose.
The owner of the Las Vegas Raiders and Aces is facing a very, very difficult decision.
The Aces are set to host Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday afternoon after a win over the Seattle Storm. It will mark their second playoff appearance in franchise history, and the first since moving to Las Vegas, and Davis has taken over ownership.
However, 90 minutes after that tip-off, the Raiders will take on the Los Angeles Chargers at Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Logistically, there is no way Davis could be at both games. He must choose one.
“I’m a single parent with two kids that I love very, very much, and it’s up to you to decide which one you get to see,” Davis said via USA Today.
Davis said he will be in Los Angeles for the Raiders game on Sunday. He figured it was the best move since it was his first time with a new coach and he knew his family and friends would be in Las Vegas for an Aces game.
This may not be the only time Davis has to deal with that decision.
Game 4 of the WNBA Finals is scheduled for next Sunday afternoon in Connecticut, if necessary. The Raiders will host the Arizona Cardinals later that afternoon.
Again, there’s no way Davis can track both.
“I’ll definitely be in the Aces game at that point, because it’s going to be a deciding game,” Davis said, via USA Today. “If it’s a deciding game, win it all or win the Aces, I absolutely have to be there. The fact [Game 1 is] At home, it’s a little easier to make this decision. But it is not easy.
“It’s an absolutely tough decision because I want to make this clear: Aces are not a hobby. “It’s the real deal for me.”
Why does the WNBA compete with the NFL?
That’s the question Davis is asking, and he doesn’t understand it.
“It doesn’t make any sense,” Davis said, via USA Today. “It doesn’t make any sense.”
It has a point. Competing against the NFL, which is the most popular in the country and frequently dominates the viewership ratings, is almost always a losing battle.
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The WNBA has been pushing for a big media rights deal and it’s growing fast. The league has also set incredible standards in recent years. This season alone is the most-watched regular season in 14 years, and last year’s Finals was the most-watched since 2017.
There’s no point in trying to get people to watch when the NFL is playing, Davis said.
“We don’t have eyeballs. So how in the hell are you going to get eyeballs when you protest opening day of the National Football League?” “That part is tough,” Davis asked, via USA Today.
“We have the greatest athletes in the world at what they do. We need people to invest in the game… If we invest in the product, it will come back to us in large numbers.