Torn between important matches for both franchises, Mark Davis will attend the Las Vegas Raiders season opener on Sunday

LOS ANGELES – The Las Vegas aces pull off Game 1 of the WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun Sunday 12 p.m. PT in Southern Nevada. About 85 minutes later, and 280 miles away, the Las Vegas Raiders kicked off the season at the Los Angeles Chargers.

Mark Davis, who owns the Las Vegas franchise, is in Southern California where he chose to attend his soccer team’s season opener. But not without making a list of the pros and cons, he told ESPN Saturday night.

“Like I said earlier, I feel like a single parent with two kids and each of them has a different thing to do on the same day and at the same time, and you have to make a decision,” Davis said with a laugh. . “After thinking about it, with Josh (McDaniels) coaching his first game here with the Raiders, and the Aces playing at home, it made it easier for me to make that decision to come to the Ryder game. Because (the Aces) I have a crowd in Las Vegas and they[fans]I’m frantic and I don’t know I’m going to miss that much.

“So, it made sense to do that. But if we go into a fourth game next Sunday and we have to play in Connecticut, I’ll be in the Aces because it’s going to be a playoff.”

The Arizona Raiders host the Cardinals in Game Four of the WNBA Finals. Davis admitted that he can’t remember the last Raiders game he missed.

“What I also said is that aces are not a hobby; it’s a real deal to me,” Davis added. “I’m totally into it, totally bought out. They’re professional athletes and hopefully we can bring a championship to Las Vegas. I saw it happen once with Jerry Tarkanian and (UNLV Runnin’ Rebels men’s basketball team in 1990) so maybe that’s Another team.”

Besieged by fans looking for a selfie in the team’s hotel lobby and granting every wish for a photo, Davis spoke of his dislike of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals that ran counter to the weekend’s kick-off of the NFL Championship.

“It’s hard for me to understand why and how,” he said. “I don’t know who made that decision, whether it was the networks that made the decision, or the league, or both. But they obviously need to rethink it. To bring the first game of the WNBA Finals… the NFL opener showdown. , it doesn’t make sense. I hope people hear this and maybe put two TVs in their bars. Really, I wish people had… one of the TVs showing the WNBA game while they were showing football.

“It just doesn’t make sense to me (because) we’re trying to get our attention to the (WNBA) league and that’s how you get the media contracts. And that’s probably one of the biggest things we’re after right now to try and get a media contract that would at least make it possible for these women Getting more money, or at least the teams being able to work. So, it makes it more difficult. It makes the argument more difficult because I’m going to say, ‘Okay, look at your (ratings) finals, they didn’t get a lot of eyeballs.’ “They’ll use that to negotiate. But it won’t stop us. We’ll get there.”

When it comes to the Raiders, though, Davis said he doesn’t know “enough” about the team on the eve of the opening game since the star players – quarterback Derek Carrwide receivers Davant Adams And the Hunter Renfrotight end Darren Wallerleft processing Colton Millerdefensive ends Max Crosby And the Chandler Jones and the back Denzel Berryman He didn’t play in pre-season.

The Raiders, under the leadership of McDaniels, went 4-0 in show games.

“I’ve seen pre-season, seen some practice, but we haven’t really seen the ‘people’ go yet,” Davis said. “It would be fun to see.

“It’s really exciting. We have our weapons up front. We have a really great offensive team now and we’ll see how the defense is. The defense can be really exciting. We’ll see.”