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Allegiant unveils Raiders-themed plane

Allegiant Air yesterday unveiled its Raiders themed plane at McCarran Int'l Airport, "decked out in silver and black with the Raiders’ infamous pirate logo on the tail of the plane and 'Raider Nation' featured on the aircraft’s engine cowlings," according to Mick Akers of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Allegiant is a founding and naming rights partner of the Raiders and the $2B Allegiant Stadium. The process of painting the plane took "about a week to complete, with the metallic silver made to closely match the team’s helmets." Raiders President Dan Ventrelle, noting that the team will kick off its second season in Las Vegas, but first season with fans in the stadium, said, “It seemed like the perfect time to reciprocate and showcase our brand on their product." Akers notes the aircraft has "been in operation for a week, already traveling through multiple cities" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 9/9).

GRAND DEBUT: In Las Vegas, Ron Kantowski writes this season the atmosphere at Allegiant Stadium should be "much more palpable provided a new strain of the virus doesn’t torment Las Vegas." It was Raiders Owner Mark Davis who "made the decision to play sans spectators in 2020, even when the governor said it was OK to allow some in with restrictions." It was a "magnanimous gesture that might have cost the Raiders" as much as $571M in ticket revenue over the course of a normal season. When the Raiders host the Ravens in the first regular-season game at Allegiant Stadium on Monday night, it is "going to be crazy just the same" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 9/9).

BLACK HOLE: The Review-Journal's Akers in a separate piece cited a report that said that the Raiders are the "most hated team in professional sports." Sports media site Action Network used media intelligence group Linkfluence to "analyze negative social media posts between July 2020 and July 2021 about pro sports teams" from the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB and MLS. The report released late last month revealed that the Raiders "were the leader," receiving 14% "negative sentiment online" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 9/8).

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