Texans owner keeping an eye on Raiders’ eyes on Texas

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he didn’t “make a lot” of the Raiders’ nosing around the other corner of Texas, but Texans owner Bob McNair is certainly paying attention.

It’s not surprising they would look there cause they’re looking around,” McNair said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “We have a growing fan base there.

“I’m not concerned bout it. We’ll see what the options are. If that’s the best option we’ll see how it plays out.”

Of course, McNair is just one vote of the 32, and the Raiders would need 23 others to get approval to move. But McNair sounded like a guy reminding people about his turf, while trying to sound open-minded.

“The finance committee would have to approve it and I’m chairman of finance committee,” he said. “You’d have to do market research.”

“They need a new stadium. If San Antonio turns out to be the best option I wouldn’t oppose it just cause it’s San Antonio.”

Considering the still vacant hole in the country’s second-largest market, all this talk about the 36th-largest market seems unusual.

But then again, these are the Raiders we’re talking about.

23 responses to “Texans owner keeping an eye on Raiders’ eyes on Texas

  1. I’m usually not in favor of a team moving but their stadium in Oakland is a dump. The Raiders deserve better and the NFL should assist them with a new stadium or let them move.

  2. Houston’s the fourth-largest city in America. I’m sure they’d be just fine without the San Antonio market.

  3. I don’t get how it makes sense for the Raiders to only consider LA? I don’t think looking at other viable markets like Portland or San Antonio as well as LA is us “being the Raiders”. I think it’s not being stupid and using all leverage available.

  4. Three teams in Texas? Why not?

    The state is certainly big enough and let’s face it, Dallas hasn’t lived up to its billing as “America’s Team” in years.

    Let the Raiders move to San Antonio and in a few years the Cowboys can move to London and become “England’s Team”.

  5. They may want to explore the NBA model and be the only team in town in a place like Portland if one of those places actually builds them a stadium.
    By 2016 this may be the look….
    NFC West- SF 49ers, LA Rams, AZ Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks

    AFC West- Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs, San Antonio Raiders, SD (or LA) Chargers.

  6. It’s obvious that the Raiders are using this to put pressure on Oakland, but the signs are pointing to the more likely option of a move to LA.

  7. Oregon Raiders has a better ring to it and they’ll still be on the west coast. They will have a very supportive fan base up there too.

  8. Love them or hate them, the Raiders have a huge global fan base.

    No offence to the fans in Oakland, but they could move anywhere and it wouldn’t matter, they’d still be the Raiders.

  9. San Antonio and Portland metros have about the same population so this makes sense. I live in LA and don’t want the Raiders back. I’d prefer to wait for another team.

  10. There is enough trash in whatever city the Raiders move to that they will succeed. How sad that there is not enought losers here in the bay to support them. Of course, they are up against Nor Cal real team the Niners. See you Raiders! Can you take the A’s with you?

  11. Raiders to Oregon and the Rams back to LA. This would set up a nice distribution of west coast teams from Phoenix, to San Diego, to Los Angeles, to San Francisco, to Portland, and to Seattle.

  12. He should be worried about them losing fans. The Texans have the most fairweather fans in football. They didnt know they even had a team again until a few years ago. And they thought Schaub was good too and TJ Yates lol

  13. Plus Texas is a crazy football state. Have you seen the high school stadiums? They make some NFL stadiums look inadequate. Living here in Austin (hour away from San Antonio) the Raiders will pull Austin fans as well. Sounds crazy right now, and most likely just a ruse, but if the Raiders did move to Texas it could be amazing.

  14. Raiders do not need 23 votes – they will just do a Al Davis 1982 redux and go to the court – and besides it is easier to field a team of lawyers than football players.

  15. @Stompout36
    They may want to explore the NBA model and be the only team in town in a place like Portland if one of those places actually builds them a stadium.
    By 2016 this may be the look….
    NFC West- SF 49ers, LA Rams, AZ Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks

    Santa Clara 49ers…..

  16. The border hoppers in Texas should be thrilled the Raiders will be there soon.They can watch them lose in person

  17. I’m usually not in favor of a team moving but their stadium in Oakland is a dump. The Raiders deserve better and the NFL should assist them with a new stadium or let them move.
    ____________________________________

    Usually, when a team sues the Shield, they dont get future favors from the NFL.

  18. Guys I’m telling you Connecticut is being over looked here. Forget about the whole “they play in the AFC WEST” thing.
    Connecticut has people that want a stadium and a team very badly, they wanted The Pats before they went to Gillette.
    Oregon is a option as well, L.A I believe would LOVE the Raiders back but when it comes down to money I think Connecticut is a serious threat here

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