A few days before the Raiders play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl LI, Raiders owner Mark Davis made his first visit to his team’s car rental business, located on the campus of the University of Southern California.
The cars are being leased to local businesses, including the Oakland Raiders.
Davis spent the day at the car rental, where he had lunch with owner Michael “Bubba” Williams.
Davis told the Associated Press he wanted to give Williams a heads-up on his plans to use the cars for business.
Davis also spoke with Williams, who said he wanted the cars to be used for a charity event.
“I think it’s great to get out there and have a chance to see the cars, so I’m glad we got a chance today to do that,” Williams said.
“We’re going to give them away, so you’ll be able to see them all when they come back.
It’s going to be cool to see how much they’re worth.
I don’t know if it’s going be worth a lot, but it’s nice to see something for a good cause.”
Davis also discussed the possibility of having some of the cars used for events on the team’s website.
Davis said the idea was to give the cars a boost in sales after they were not used for the Raiders’ home games in 2016 and 2017.
Davis, who owns the Raiders for the fourth time in seven years, said he has not decided whether to use cars from the team on Super Bowl weekend.
The Raiders are looking for an arena to host their 2017 game in Oakland.
The franchise moved from the Oakland Coliseum in 2018.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the team plans to take its game-day gear to an outdoor stadium in Inglewood, California, as well as an outdoor practice field in Temecula, California.
Davis declined to say how many of the Raiders cars will be used in the game-planning for the game, but said the plan is to use them for business events.
Davis did not disclose the cost of the car rentals.
“There’s no way you can buy this kind of equipment on the street,” Davis said.
The car rental is part of a trend.
The team’s players have been taking private trips to various local hotels, restaurants and golf courses, with the Raiders typically playing their home games at the Coliseum in Oakland or at their own facility in Ingletown.
Davis has also visited Las Vegas to get more publicity for his team, including hosting a “Golf Camp” during the Super Bowl.
The NFL’s policy for car rentals is that teams are allowed to rent cars, and they are allowed only to rent up to five cars per team.
Raiders owner Michael ‘Bubbar’ Williams said he plans to make more of an effort to give his players more of a chance in their upcoming game against the Panthers.
“The players are getting used to it,” Williams told the AP.
“You can’t have a practice day with just one player.”