Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyDavis, who joined the then-Oakland Raiders in 1963 and is now the managing general partner of the Los Angeles Raiders, came to professional football with experience as a manager and coach of nonprofessional teams. This Brooklyn native from a well-to-do family is reputed to be aggressive, ruthless and crafty. Becoming president of the American Football League in 1966 (just before the merger with the NFL) Davis stirred up further controversy when in 1982 he moved the Raiders from the Bay Area to Tinseltown over the unanimous opposition of his fellow owners. Freelance sportswriter Simmons deftly depicts Davis in a book otherwise burdened with tedious recaps of every Raider game of the past three decades. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)
Library JournalSimmons chronicles in detail the major impact maverick owner Davis of the Los Angeles Raiders has had on the course of professional football. From his role as a driving force behind the American Football League-National Football League merger to his repeated efforts to relocate his franchise, he often has served as a thorn in the side of the NFL establishment. Simultaneously scorned for his opportunism and praised for his business acumen, he also is shown to possess a soft personal side, though rarely do the contradictory personae meet. The author views his subject with a perceptive eye, but his penchant for recapping nearly every Raider game occasionally turns stale. Still, this is a creditable, if not definitive, study of one of the game's fascinating figures.-- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
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