The Oakland Raiders are trying to convince people that everyone is super excited about their move to Las Vegas.
How has social media reacted since our relocation announcement?
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 28, 2017
The article, on Raiders.com features cherry-picked tweets from the verified accounts of players, media, and a single fan (who doesn’t live in Oakland). This is not how “social media has reacted” since the Raiders’ relocation announcement.
THIS is how social media has reacted.
@RAIDERS While The Nation was out fighting to keep our Raiders in Oakland, where was Mark Davis? He doesn’t give a crap about the fans.
— AV (@avoryw_) March 28, 2017
@RAIDERS Stop insulting fans by tweeting this propaganda.
— John Wisniewski (@WhiskeyMD247365) March 28, 2017
@RAIDERS I hope this plan fails and Mark Davis goes bankrupt
— sam evans (@sam_EEvans) March 28, 2017
Betraying one of the most loyal fans in all of sports for money. Y’all should be ashamed. @RAIDERS
— Jacoby (@JacobyFC) March 27, 2017
.@RAIDERS been a fan since the 80s. this is the most craven, gutless move you’ve made. Vegas will give you the loyalty you deserve – none.
— ambivalent – LA-4A (@ambivalent) March 27, 2017
@RAIDERS Congratulations, you lost the fan base that supported you during all those terrible years.
— vibronium (@Vibronium) March 27, 2017
This is just a small sampling. To be fair, there are some fans saying they’ll support the team no matter what — mostly from Raiders fans outside of Oakland. Those in the area are overwhelmingly upset and disappointed.
Teams move, it’s a sad part of professional sports, especially when stadium financing has been inexorably linked to tax money from cities. That said, the Raiders are trying to spin a difficult situation and make it seem like everyone is happy when they clearly aren’t.