Tom Hanks quit watching the NFL when the Raiders decided to move in Vegas. The star was at an event in San Francisco on Monday night and decided to talk about the Oakland Raiders and their arrangements to move to Las Vegas in two years. Hank’s disappointment was clear.
When the Raiders leave, I am going on an NFL moratorium for two years.
You cannot take the Silver and Black, put them in an air-conditioned dome in the desert, make them play on artificial turf within a stone’s throw of the fountains of Caesar’s Palace, and call them the Raiders.
Hanks also expressed his frustration with the current financial situation in the NFL in regards to stadiums and the funding sources.
Here’s the thing I don’t quite understand. And I’m not trying to — this isn’t one of the (many) causes I’m fighting for. I’m just thinking as a fan: It’s a billion-dollar industry, they have billion-dollar TV contracts. All the owners are billionaires. And yet when they want to build a stadium they’re going to use for 10 weeks out of the year, they expect the city taxpayers to buy the building.
Clearly, Mr. Hanks is correct about a lot of things with his rant, and it will be interesting to see how the future of the raiders plays out. Maybe many Raiders fans will not relinquish their support for the team once they move to Vegas. But I can see how many others will align their opinions with this Hollywood star.