general partner because he was denying them full
access to the team‟s financial records. They said
that Davis and the company he created to run the
team “conducted themselves as if they were thesole owners of the Raiders.”
Here was an unusual turn of events: Davis was being sued by the family of the man who usheredhim into the seat of total power with the Raiders.But the lawsuit ended well for Davis. After it wassettled, Davis reportedly acquired the McGahstake, raising his share of the team to anestimated 67 percent.
At the time, Valley‟s son, M
ike, saw something
familiar in the McGah family‟s battle against
“The power that is being exercised against the
McGahs today is the same power that was used to
pry my dad away from the team,” Mike Valley told The Contra Costa Times. “I wish them all
luck in the world.”
A couple years later, Brooks said he sold his staketo Davis, not to settle a feud, but to plan hisestate.He did not divulge how much of the team heowned, or what Davis paid for it.
“We got along fine,” Brooks said. “We were
friends, and Al never asked to buy me out.”
He added: “Al‟s irreplaceable. When I met him before we hired him as coach, I said, „This guy‟sdifferent from anybody else we talked to before.‟
By 2007, Davis had been associated with theRaiders for 44 years. He decided to get some cashflow out of his holdings and sold 20 percent of his Raiders to three investors for $150 million.