Al Davis hoped to lose draft coin toss in 2008 to save money
The Raiders and 49ers participate in a coin toss Friday to determine which team gets the No. 9 overall pick in this year’s draft.
I’m looking forward to competing with [Jon Gruden] in that coin toss, 49ers General Manager John Lynch joked of his former head coach with the Buccaneers.
Gruden surely wants to win, but 10 years ago, Raiders owner Al Davis hoped to lose the coin toss for the third overall pick. Davis sent personnel executive Rich Snead and scouting director Jon Kingdon for the flip with the Falcons knowing the Raiders wanted running back Darren McFadden no matter the outcome.
Pitaro additionally will have to work on the perception of the network, which languished under Skipper. The continual layoffs in which hundreds have publicly been let go have left a dour atmosphere for employees, while making the company look as if it is failing as a business. This, combined with a strong narrative from its critical voices that the network is too liberal, has created a somewhat poor perception of the network.
Pitaro, a Cornell graduate who earned his law degree at St. John’s, will be asked to supply fixes. He is not a Bristol guy, unlike the seven previous ESPN presidents, but he knows Bristol. Now his task is to save Bristol.
I’m always gonna be me, Patricia said. I’m always gonna be who I am.
So who is Patricia? Here’s a chance to get to know the guy who had plenty of opportunities in recent years but who chose the Lions, a team and a city that he believes will be a great fit for his personality.
The league has been instrumental in helping us bring light to our community and the issues that are going on in them, said Davis, who believes player protests will decrease in 2018 because of the league’s support.
Davis, joined by members of the Bronx public defenders, spent Tuesday meeting with legislative aides on both sides of the aisle. The veteran linebacker, who granted behind-the-scenes access to ESPN, was articulate and passionate in the meetings. He asked questions and pressed the lawmakers’ staff members when they appeared to be dodging specific issues. He challenged them to move the needle and enact change in their constituencies.