Greg Papa had been the Oakland Raiders’ radio voice since 1997 and was quite popular with many fans, but the team replaced him with Brent Musburger earlier this year, with Papa saying that was thanks to a grudge owner Mark Davis held over Papa’s 2015 criticisms of Davis interviewing long-time Raiders’ adversary Mike Shanahan for the head coaching job. Well, Papa’s a prominent Bay Area sports media figure on a lot of other levels, with his work as a regular host on 95.7 The Game with Bonta Hill and his TV gigs hosting The Happy Hour discussion show and plenty of pre- and post-game Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area, and he’s now taking his talents to the Raiders’ Bay Area NFL rival.
As per Steve Berman of The Athletic, Papa will anchor NBC Sports Bay Area’s pre- and post-game shows for the San Francisco 49ers this year, replacing Dave Feldman and working alongside Matt Maiocco and new addition (and former 49er safety) Donte Whitner. And reactions from Raider fans have ranged from support for Papa to criticism of him covering a rival team:
Fuck the niners. Greg papa…you are no longer a true Raider in my eyes. I don’t care how much you disagree with Vegas, it would have been understandable if you no longer supported the raiders but no true fan would ever switch to that side of the bay..
— Kyle Toledo (@the_rocket08) August 17, 2018
— Khalil’s Agent (@raideroutkast) August 17, 2018
Raiders LEGEND Greg Papa will be joining the SF 49ers pre-game and post-game shows. Can’t blame him for wanting to stick around in the NFL. Mark Davis, you suck. Jon Gruden is pretty much the only thing left about the Raiders that was, DA RAAAIDAZZZ. Weird times. Sad!
— Marc Misippo (@sipp22) August 17, 2018
We’ll see how this goes for Papa, and if it leads to him doing more work on 49er broadcasts down the road. But it’s certainly interesting to see him going from covering one Bay Area NFL franchise to covering the other one.