Mark Davis owns the domain name…and some adult-themed ones.
News broke Monday that the Oakland Raiders had enough votes to move the team to Las Vegas, and people quickly picked up on the fact that LasVegasRaiders.com was registered.
But there might be an incredible coincidence here.
I originally wrote this story suggesting that a different Mark Davis might own the domain name. Here’s why:
If you look at the whois record, you’ll see an exposed record that shows a house in Alamo, California. It’s a modest house according to Zillow. If you search for the phone number you’ll see some businesses listed under the name.
According to DomainIQ, the email address is associated with over 3,000 domain names.
Some of these include the Raiders name in them, including Raiders.org. But Raiders.org leads to this:
You wouldn’t think the Raiders owner is messing around with an unofficial fan site in his spare time.
But the more I learn about the Raiders owner, and found some other articles, it turns out it’s the same guy. TMZ confirmed with Davis (the team owner) that he owns the domain.
Elliot Silver found this article that says Davis “bought the Las Vegas Raiders website in 1999.” An article mentions we works from his home in Alamo.
Davis inherited the team from his dad, and it looks like almost all of his net worth is tied up in the team.
And Google street view shows a van that looks very similar to the one Davis owns:
Using street view on Google maps, the address given for Mark Davis shows his infamous Caravan in the driveway. pic.twitter.com/0LQXmQgaYI
— Michael Abromowitz (@FootballExpert) March 28, 2017
Here’s a photo of the one he owns.
So now the question becomes…what is Davis doing with all of these domain names?
Some of them are adult themed, such as 411Escort.com, 800Playmates.org, JustBlowMe.org, 1800f*ckfilms.com and SexualityOn.org.
A bunch of other domains are related to other NFL teams, such as MyPatriots.us, MyRedSkins.us and MyFalcons.us.
Then there are hundreds of domains in the form of EZ###.com, I###.com/.net and GO###.
Most of these domains were registered in the late 1990s to 2002.
On Monday, I emailed and called the information in whois today but have not heard back.