Raiders Owner Mark Davis Meets w/ San Antonio Officials; Potentially Interested in Moving Team

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  1. IAmLegend

    IAmLegend Well-Known Member

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    If the Raiders don't get a new stadium, the team could be making the move from Oakland to the Alamo. According to, owner Mark Davis met with San Antonio city officials in mid-July to discuss possibly moving his team to Texas.

    The Raiders' lease at Coliseum expires after the 2014 season and at that point they would theoretically be free to move anywhere, although 24 out of 32 NFL owners would have to approve any possible relocation.

    According to's report, Davis took a helicopter tour of San Antonio and also visited the Alamodome, the stadium where the Raiders would potentially play if they made the move. The Alamodome could be upgraded to NFL standards in time for kickoff of the 2015 season...

    This is almost certainly just for leverage for a new deal on their stadium, and will likely never happen.

    But, could you imagine if the silver & black moved to SA? Jerry would never allow it, right?
  2. BringBackThatOleTimeBoys

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    SA would not be big enough for Al. I see London more likely, but LA the Raiders main target.
  3. PA Cowboy Fan

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  4. BringBackThatOleTimeBoys

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    ^ yes, I know Al is dead, but figure his son probably has the same outlook
  5. TheCowboy

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    Move the Raiders to LA, Buffalo to Toronto, and the Chargers somewhere else and BAM it all makes sense.
  6. Mr Cowboy

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    I don't want the Raiders here in SA, but why not SA? The first reason you usually hear is the media market size ranks 37, but that's well above New Orleans, Jacksonvile, and Charlotte. If you combine the media markets of Austin and SA, the media market is all of a sudden in the top ten, just below Houston.

    When the Saints were moved here by the hurricaine a few years ago, there was an article of why not SA and the media market being too small. But the way around it for Jax and NC was that they were alllowed to use a 500 mile radius. Imagine if they allowed SA to do the same, it would emcompass Houston, Dallas, FW, Austin, CC and northern Mexico.

    I know Jerry, and to a lesser extent McNair, would not allow it, but use the same criteria all around. I expect Jerry to have the Cowboys in SA for training campo very soon..... he doesn't want to loose a foot hold here.
  7. AmberBeer

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    If the idea of the Raiders coming to San Antonio gets Jerry to bring training camp back to SA then GO RAIDERS!
  8. BoysFan4ever

    BoysFan4ever Well-Known Member

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    I hate the thought of any team moving.
  9. IAmLegend

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    As a Cowboy fan living in LA, I enjoy training camp being located out here in Oxnard. Less than an hour drive for me! Headed out there in about an hour actually :)
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  10. 8FOR!3

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    As a San Antonio native, I want a team! The city can easily support one. Jerry Jones knows it and that's why he's acting so childish about it, because he sees it as a threat and something that can take money away from him. Safe to say the city's supported the Spurs just fine over the years? We've got a great fan base. Idk if I can cheer for a team other than the Cowboys, but I think the city deserves their own team regardless.
  11. landroverking

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    Houston owner says he vote yes.
  12. IAmLegend

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    It's a long shot, but it makes a ton of sense. The city of Oakland is broke.. they can't afford a new stadium. They still have a $113 Million municipal debt to pay on Coliseum from when they first moved back to Oakland in 1995. LA doesn't want Mark Davis to own their next team, and Davis doesn't want the NFL to own his next stadium, which is what would have to happen if the NFL funded a new stadium in LA. And as of now, there are no current plans to build a stadium on LA, and even if they do it will be at least 2-3 years before that happens.

    There's only one year left on Oakland's current deal with, so they have to move fast (unless he finds a way to sign just a 1-year lease to buy more time, but that would be a temporary band-aid on a problem that needs a long-term solution).

    San Antonio is a great option for them, even though he'd rather keep the team in Cali. San Antonio already has the Alamodome (which was originally built to lure a pro football team), which could be used for a couple seasons while a new stadium is built.

    The city of SA has been starving for a pro football team for years now, and could easily support one (7th largest city in the U.S.), also with the Austin market only an hour away and South Texas having so many people who would support them. That makes up for the small media market.

    Remember, in 2005 when Katrina forced the Saints to play 4 games in San Antonio, all 4 games sold out in a matter of hours. And those were fans with no allegiance to the team. Texans are just crazy about football. Also, economically, no state taxes in Texas would help tremendously compared to the ridiculous taxes in California.

    It just makes a lot of senses for them. Again, it's a long shot, cause Mark Davis really wants to keep them in the Bay area, but as a plan B option, it should be seriously considered. SA is a great location. Plus, the silver and black would fit right in in SA.
  13. BoysFan4ever

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    I thought the NFL was dying to expand to London before anywhere else.
  14. IAmLegend

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    I sincerely hope not. That just seems like a bad idea to me. The travel expenses and time alone seem horrendous.
  15. BoysFan4ever

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    I do too but the way the powers that be talk it seems London is on the NFL radar.
  16. NIBGoldenchild

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    I thought they were trying to make the Jaguars work there, with the majority of the games in London being Jags games.
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  17. BoysFan4ever

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    The last thing I read (and made fun of too) regarding the Jags was them adding cabanas & pools to their stadium. I hadn't heard about them moving.

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    Al Davis must be flipping somersaults about now.
  19. BrAinPaiNt

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  20. burmafrd

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    LA is just not an NFL city. As has been proven over the last 30 years by several teams. The interest in the NFL there is just not great. I doubt any team will ever have the success that you really need to have a top franchise there.

    The whole London thing is the typical greed from rich guys that refuse to look at reality:

    Time and travel are terrible realities they refuse to admit.

    The taxes and other problems put that team at a huge disadvantage in FA.

    And there is no real evidence that a full time NFL team will draw any better then any of the teams that were there before; bottom line is there are not enough rabid NFL fans to make a franchise work.

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