Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC West [Print without images]

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Raiders film to air on ESPN in May

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The ESPN documentary about the Los Angeles Raiders and their influence on the city will air May 4 at 8 p.m. ET. The film, "Straight Outta L.A.," was directed by actor/rapper Ice Cube, who grew up in the city during the Raiders’ Los Angeles run.

The film is part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.

Here, thanks to ESPN’s PR department, is a summary of the film.

In 1982, Raiders owner Al Davis beat the NFL in court and moved his team from Oakland to Los Angeles. With a squad as colorful as its owner, the Raiders captivated a large numbers of black and Hispanic fans in L.A. at a time when gang warfare, immigration and the real estate boom were rapidly changing the city. The L.A. Raiders morphed into a worldwide brand as the team’s colors, swagger and anti-establishment ethos became linked with “Gangsta Rap” and the hip-hop scene that was permeating South Central Los Angeles. Rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube was not only witness to this revolution, he was also a part of it. As a member of the controversial rap group N.W.A., Ice Cube helped make the silver and black culturally significant to a new generation and demographic. Still a die-hard Raiders fan, Cube will explore the unlikely marriage between the NFL’s rebel franchise and America’s glamour city, and show how pro football’s outlaw team became the toast of La La Land.