Mark Davis doesn’t think he should choose.
The owner of the Las Vegas Raiders and Aces is also facing a very difficult decision.
The Aces are set to host Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday afternoon following their win over the Seattle Storm. This would mark his second finals appearance in franchise history, and his first since relocating to Las Vegas and Davis took over as owner.
But, about 90 minutes after that game ends, the Raiders will take on the Los Angeles Chargers at Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Logically, Davis may not be in both games at all. He has to choose one.
“I’m like a single parent who has two kids I love dearly and it decides which kid you go to see,” Davis said via USA Today.
Davis said he will be in Los Angeles for the Raiders match on Sunday. As this is his first with a new coach, and he knows his family and friends will be in Las Vegas for the Aces game, he thought it was the best move.
This may not be the only time Davis has had to deal with that decision.
Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, if necessary, is scheduled for next Sunday afternoon in Connecticut. The Raiders are set to host the Arizona Cardinals that same afternoon.
Again, there’s no way Davis can attend to both.
“I would definitely be in the Aces game at that point, because it will be a deciding game,” Davis said via USA Today. “If this is a deciding game, I absolutely have to be there, whether it is to win it all for the aces or not. fact [Game 1 is] At home, it made this decision a little easier. But it’s not easy.
“It’s a difficult decision at all because I want to make it clear: Aces are not a hobby. It’s a real deal for me.”
Why is the WNBA competing 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.”
He has a point. Going up against the NFL, which is the most popular sport in the country and often dominates audience ratings, is almost always a losing battle.
The WNBA is pushing for a major media rights deal and is growing rapidly. The league has given incredible ratings in recent years as well. This season alone was the most-watched regular season in 14 years, and last year’s final was the most-watched since 2017.
Trying to see people when the NFL is playing, Davis said, doesn’t make sense.
“We don’t have eyeballs. Well how are you eyeing when you go up against the opening day of the National Football League?” Davis asked via USA TODAY. “That part is tough.
“We have the world’s greatest athletes doing what they do. We need people to invest in the sport … If we invest in the product, it will come back to us in manifolds.”