Al Davis, the controversial Oakland Raiders owner, has died. He was 82.
The cause of death has not been released.
From NY Times:
Al Davis, who fashioned the Oakland Raiders in his own renegade, antisocial image, often rewarding their fans with championship-caliber play but more often opposing and irritating his fellow team owners and the commissioners of the National Football League, died Saturday. He was 82.
The Raiders said he died at his home in Oakland.
First as a coach, and then as an owner and managing general partner of the Raiders, Mr. Davis became the symbol of the franchise. He was an authoritarian, often depicted as running the Raiders on the field from the front office and treating his coaches like marionettes. And he was a polarizing force in football, the object of both admiration and animosity.