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Spurs would oppose possible Raiders move to San Antonio

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At a time when most believe talk of moving the Raiders to San Antonio is part of a leverage game, the NBA team that resides there isn’t prepared to play along.

According to Tom Orsborn and Josh Baugh of the San Antonio Express-News, the San Antonio Spurs would oppose a Raiders move due to concerns that the long-term financial health of the basketball franchise would be undermine by competition in the market for revenue streams like sponsorships, suite rentals, and ticket sales.

The Spurs would have no objection to the move if the group that owns the Spurs would also own a controlling interest in the Raiders.  The goal would be to manage the two franchises under the same umbrella, with the goal of spreading to the Raiders the true commitment to excellence that the Spurs have demonstrated over the last generation.

The Spurs’ decision to push back could be interpreted as a sign that they take the possible move seriously.  Or maybe the Spurs simply want to send a message to anyone else who would consider moving to town.

Regardless, the Spurs’ position makes it considerably harder for Raiders owner Mark Davis to persuade anyone in Oakland that the team would actually relocate to San Antonio — especially since it’s highly likely that the other two NFL franchises located in Texas would oppose the move, too.

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88 Responses to “Spurs would oppose possible Raiders move to San Antonio”
  1. floratiotime says: Aug 12, 2014 1:40 PM

    Professional basketball is a joke. It’s an exhibition sport.

  2. justintuckrule says: Aug 12, 2014 1:43 PM

    Thought these right wing, no tax ever, corporate handout loving owners were all about free market and competition. hypocrites the whole lot of them.

  3. jdog5428 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:44 PM

    Don’t worry San Antonio, you’ll get the Bills in a few years…Bon Jovi will make it happen.

    In other news, Judas Priest wants to purchase San Francisco…not the team, the city.

  4. djasonoma says: Aug 12, 2014 1:45 PM

    How is that possible? It would open up the fan base and create a much more lucrative environment for them. What century are they in? That can’t be accurate.

  5. completefan says: Aug 12, 2014 1:45 PM

    Even if the Raiders moved, it would still only be the fifth most professional team in San Antonio behind the Spurs, Stars, Rampage, and Missions.

  6. 3yardsndust says: Aug 12, 2014 1:46 PM

    NBA sucks.

  7. atthemurph says: Aug 12, 2014 1:47 PM

    It’s all-star wrestling

  8. gzup83 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:47 PM

    Football is king. They have no leverage to tell the city not to bring in more income.

  9. calicowboysfan86 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:48 PM

    Well it’s not like the Raiders were expecting a welcoming party.

  10. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 12, 2014 1:48 PM

    Seriously, who cares about the NBA? Joke league.

  11. pleazenufalready says: Aug 12, 2014 1:51 PM

    Even amongst millionaires, the NIMBY philosophy is alive and well.

  12. humb0lt says: Aug 12, 2014 1:51 PM

    The Spurs could probably field a better football team than the Raiders.

  13. gdive says: Aug 12, 2014 1:51 PM

    or perhaps there are not enough biker bars or jails in San Antonio to accomodate the Raider fans

  14. glac1 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:51 PM

    There IS a reason why the NFL draft gets better ratings then the NBA playoffs, but I don’t think the Spurs should be so petrified! I think San Antonio would support both.

  15. edon8334 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:52 PM

    in other words, if you want to move here you’re gonna have to give a percentage of ownership to us :)

  16. valentino8100 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:53 PM

    Odd that there are those who feel that the NBA has or should have some sort of monopoly on San Antonio Texas, or that the NBA should have any sort of input on the matter at all.

  17. dvdman123 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:53 PM

    Is this a joke or what? Why in the world would the Spurs have ANY say so in this? What major city would not want to have an NFL franchise?

  18. pointywilliams says: Aug 12, 2014 1:53 PM

    This comes to you from the same league trying to fine one of their teams for something a rapper said.

  19. ravenmadnky says: Aug 12, 2014 1:53 PM

    I fail to see how the opposition of an NBA franchise would dissuade the NFL and/or da Raidahs. Last time I checked, the NFL doesn’t consult with the NBA when making business decisions.

  20. 49ergeorge says: Aug 12, 2014 1:54 PM

    All the Raiders fans (aka gang members) that live in my neighborhood are afraid. I started kinda backing the Raiders cause I know how it feels when your team is not doing well and people make fun of them. Hope they can someday somehow become a playoff caliber team in California!

  21. joetoronto says: Aug 12, 2014 1:56 PM

    It would matter in the least anyway, the Raiders will do whatever they want to do and no league or town will stop them.

  22. scoops1 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:56 PM

    and here I thought the Spurs were a class organization

  23. therealtruth210 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:58 PM

    with the goal of spreading to the Raiders the true commitment to excellence that the Spurs have demonstrated over the last generation.

    ————————————————————–

    what about the 4 generations before that when from 1960-2002, the Raiders had the highest winning percentage in any sport. how soon people forget.

  24. Eli Pacheco says: Aug 12, 2014 1:58 PM

    They should move the raiders to Guantanamo Bay.

  25. bucrightoff says: Aug 12, 2014 2:02 PM

    NBA is growing faster than the NFL and isn’t run by a money hungry moron intent on destroying the game. I love football more but I wouldn’t be slightly suprised if basketball overtakes it in about 20 years.

  26. nflhof says: Aug 12, 2014 2:03 PM

    The NBA is unwatchable

  27. mrgroovesd says: Aug 12, 2014 2:04 PM

    Now you’re just being selfish there Spurs.

  28. upperdecker19 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:05 PM

    Make the move contingent upon Donald Sterling becoming a “minority” owner of the Raiders………..

  29. maestro1899 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    It doesn’t matter what the Spurs think. The Spurs have no legal grounds to prevent the Raiders from moving.

    If Mark Davis wants to move there and the NFL supports it, they will move. Period.

  30. realdealsteel says: Aug 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    As far as the NFL is concerned..

    Lions are not concerned with the opinions of sheep.

  31. radrntn says: Aug 12, 2014 2:11 PM

    can’t let it go…….lets just keep it simple so everyone can understand……Raiders will do what they want, when they want, with who they want.

    Bottom line it is really that simple…..

  32. wallio says: Aug 12, 2014 2:12 PM

    But But, another Texas Basketball owner says the NFL is dying! So what’s the problem?

  33. wisbadgfan says: Aug 12, 2014 2:12 PM

    The Spurs objection to the Raiders move to San Antonio strikes me as being a little narrow minded.

    Having benefited from the support of the San Antonio community for many years, their attitude should be one that enhances the growth and development of the city.

    Come on Spurs——the city helped you to build the new arena . This is a time to be selfless and not the opposite.

  34. calhounlambeau says: Aug 12, 2014 2:13 PM

    That rapper is an employee of the Toronto Raptors.

  35. erikmc10 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:20 PM

    Bring the Raiders to Austin!

  36. slugbaitspace says: Aug 12, 2014 2:22 PM

    NBA teams sign cable deals, which is why you seldom see regular-season games broadcasted, and none of the playoff games are broadcasted…only the Finals are on broadcast television.

    Local NFL teams are required to broadcast all away games, and broadcast home games that are sold out. Up until this season, all playoff games are on broadcast television. You only need to have an antenna to watch.

    It’s possible that the Spurs are worried that they will no longer be the most-watched pro-team in San Antonio anymore…and maybe they’re worried that they will lose fans to the NFL…as the cord-cutters continue to grow in numbers.

  37. bcgreg says: Aug 12, 2014 2:24 PM

    The Spurs have no say in the matter.

  38. rdrs68 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:26 PM

    Such a bad idea but wait!…………….. If you let us have part of the team then it magically becomes a good plan!

  39. farmmbig says: Aug 12, 2014 2:30 PM

    I find it amusing how a successful NBA franchise like the Spurs would feel threatened by an NFL organization…

    The Spurs have bigger things to worry about— Like an aging roster!

    Then again, I’m sure the NBA will funnel the ping-pong balls into their favor– like they did for Tim Duncan— and they can enjoy being the pet for which the NBA enjoys.

  40. squackduckhawk says: Aug 12, 2014 2:32 PM

    Monopoly on pro sports in their market? That doesn’t seem right. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Spurs as a professional sports franchise, but this seems petty.

  41. rufustfireflyjr says: Aug 12, 2014 2:33 PM

    So what if the Spurs opposed the move? What could they do to stop it?

  42. sjsuguy says: Aug 12, 2014 2:33 PM

    Nobody wants the raiders. Not even oakland

  43. briang123 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:33 PM

    An entrenched corporate interest opposes competition entering the market? I’m stunned to hear that.

  44. deadeye says: Aug 12, 2014 2:39 PM

    What are they gonna do, threaten to leave if the Raisers show up?

  45. deadeye says: Aug 12, 2014 2:40 PM

    I meant Raiders, not “Raisers”.

  46. tooz72 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    Portland baby!

  47. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 12, 2014 2:44 PM

    People watch the NBA?

  48. phinfan says: Aug 12, 2014 2:45 PM

    Miami and Tampa never got part controlling ownership in Jax, yet both teams lost half their fan base. Allot of that is economy there but 3 teams in a poor state is a disaster

  49. snowdood163 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:55 PM

    Just send the Raiders to the CFL. They might actually be competitive and then we won’t have to deal with their fans. Win win!!

  50. goraidersgospurs says: Aug 12, 2014 2:57 PM

    Go Raiders Go Spurs!!!

  51. armoderate says: Aug 12, 2014 3:09 PM

    You don’t really think the Spurs have that kind of influence, do you? A NFL team in a 50000 seat stadium I would think would bring in a lot more revenue than a basketball team. Also, being where it’s located, San Antonio would be a logical candidate for a potential Super Bowl. I doubt if that much clothing revenue is generated locally and I doubt if it would be diminished having the Raiders there.

  52. keithdylan says: Aug 12, 2014 3:12 PM

    The Spurs would have no objection to the move if the group that owns the Spurs would also own a controlling interest in the Raiders.

    So they wouldn’t oppose it if they owned it? Can you get more hypocritical than that?

  53. r8rsfan says: Aug 12, 2014 3:21 PM

    Al would have looked good in the polyester outfit sporting a big black cowboy hat. RIP Godfather of Raider Nation.

  54. ericxchavoya says: Aug 12, 2014 3:26 PM

    Raiders need to get the heck out of Cali !

  55. raidermick3sb3rings says: Aug 12, 2014 3:37 PM

    Let me make 3 things clear…

    1. The Raiders will not move to San Antonio
    2. The Raiders will not move to San Antonio
    3. The Raiders will not move to San Antonio

    Late…

  56. deltaoracle says: Aug 12, 2014 3:43 PM

    So actually “The Spurs” wouldn’t object.
    The obscenely rich people with monetary interest in The Spurs would object.

  57. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 12, 2014 3:43 PM

    Lol poor lil NBA team. Guess what, its called competition and capitalism. If you can’t put out a product good enough to compete the NBA team will be the next one looking for a new owner and market.

  58. glclemg says: Aug 12, 2014 3:51 PM

    This is obviously the result of the Spurs’ owner interest in buying part of the Raiders. The Raiders have one of the largest fan base in the United States.

  59. badmoonrison says: Aug 12, 2014 4:02 PM

    Just because the Spurs oppose it, doesnt mean they can do jack squat about it. Big deal! I oppose the owners at my work, but they aint going anywhere anytime soon.

  60. rcali says: Aug 12, 2014 4:04 PM

    Wow, “The San Antonio NBA Franchise” already calling for mercy about “The Oakland NFL Franchise.” That’s how powerful the NFL Franchises have become.

  61. rajbais says: Aug 12, 2014 4:12 PM

    Jeez, why is everyone hating on the NBA???

    At least it’s better to watch the NBA than give a damn about which QB prospect visited which team despite the fact that the team he visited with won’t draft him.

    There is an offseason and the NBA is a great alternative.

    San Antonio is meant for Cowboys fans and solely meant for the Spurs.

  62. afcdomination says: Aug 12, 2014 4:14 PM

    you are in freaking Texas. you lose to football anyway.

  63. mackcarrington says: Aug 12, 2014 4:24 PM

    Never heard anything so absurd. So the Spurs are saying that the market isn’t large enough to handle two pro franchises? There aren’t enough sponsors or fans to accommodate franchises in two different sports? I thought San Antonio was this burgeoning, growing market? Now the Spurs are saying there’s only room for one team in town? I guess they are bush league after all.

  64. RavenzGunnerz says: Aug 12, 2014 4:27 PM

    it’s simple really. There is a pie here, and somebody wants to come in and share it.

    There is nothing I can do about it, but I tell ya, I hate that idea.

    That is what the Spurs are saying.

  65. babygaga19 says: Aug 12, 2014 4:34 PM

    Laughing Out Loud! Nobody digs the Raiders.

  66. linemanguy74 says: Aug 12, 2014 4:48 PM

    Send them to Dallas so they can have a NFL team

  67. bnwpnw says: Aug 12, 2014 5:01 PM

    Maybe they could move the Spurs to Tulsa, get a good in-state rivalry going. Would be about par for how the NBA operates.

  68. palatypus says: Aug 12, 2014 5:04 PM

    After all the crap they have pulled with the city of Seattle, I fully support screwing the NBA.

  69. greymares says: Aug 12, 2014 5:23 PM

    Screw Basketball

  70. jimmysee says: Aug 12, 2014 5:27 PM

    If the Raiders move into town, the Spurs will just have to relocate.

    “This town ain’t big enough for the two us us!”

    ———— Reggie MacKenzie

  71. dougydougdoug says: Aug 12, 2014 5:50 PM

    As of right now, the Spurs are a more valuable sports commodity than the Raiders. They’re making more money in ticket sales, and even more in TV ad revenue. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who doesn’t use the infantile word “hater” in their defense of a now faded sport team.

  72. i10east says: Aug 12, 2014 5:52 PM

    I watch baseball, basketball and hockey ONLY during the playoffs. Football is the only year-around sport.

    #skagwayraiders

  73. madderstork says: Aug 12, 2014 6:31 PM

    Spurs just don’t want the locals to recognize who they stole the whole silver and black thing from.

  74. r8dernation says: Aug 12, 2014 6:32 PM

    The Raiders are not going to Texas, ever. And Davis will not be strong armed out of his team like the folks in Suck Antonio and L.A. are trying to do by saying, oh yeah, you can come here, if you give us part or all of your team. Although the thought of selling a sports franchise for a couple billion dollars is very tempting, because the bubble will pop, and the values of the teams will go down the drain.

  75. babygaga19 says: Aug 12, 2014 6:40 PM

    Nobody digs the Raiders. They are a huge tax suck. Fact.

  76. babygaga19 says: Aug 12, 2014 7:13 PM

    Funny, every year Raider Nation claims silver and black greatness. And every year the Raiders crap the bed, get a new coach, qb and win nothing. Am I lying?

    The urgency for the Raiders to move out of Oakland is telling. Raider Nation considers itself the best fan base in sports, but they wont go to home games. Raiders lead the league with home black outs.

    The Raiders are unique in that they dont care for profits. The organization is run like a bar, money in, money out, break even cool. Amy Trask tried to address this and she was fired.

    Oakland has a daunting schedule this season. I smell 3 wins and the cycle will repeat itself, ovah and ovah. If nothing else, the Raiders are consitent losers!

  77. dougydougdoug says: Aug 12, 2014 7:17 PM

    r8dernation says: Aug 12, 2014 6:32 PM

    The Raiders are not going to Texas, ever. And Davis will not be strong armed out of his team like the folks in Suck Antonio and L.A. are trying to do by saying, oh yeah, you can come here, if you give us part or all of your team. Although the thought of selling a sports franchise for a couple billion dollars is very tempting, because the bubble will pop, and the values of the teams will go down the drain.

    – – –

    I realize that logic is futile with someone who has a screen name as yours, but what the hay…

    Davis Jr. has almost no leverage point any longer, and will likely need to hope and pray that a city and financial group are willing to carry his water, if he hopes to keep the Raiders for much longer.

    In his diminished capacity, and waning years, Sr. leveraged almost every ounce of his controlling percentage of the team, just to keep it afloat. Compounding that, Jr simply isn’t the business man who his father once was, and he doesn’t have the additional financial backing to build a stadium on his own (far from it).

    Finally, it only gets worse, the longer it goes on this way. The team is a joke on the field (obviously) and between the closed off sections, and near league lowest ticket prices, the organiztion is just going to keep hemorrhaging money until it HAS to be sold.

    So, as the Raiders’ fan that you must be, you should desperately hope that they can find a benefactor, and willing city for a new complex. Or, that’s going to be the end of that.

  78. nflfan1326 says: Aug 12, 2014 7:42 PM

    I don’t think the Spurs’ ownership has anything to worry about. The raiders won’t relocate to Texas, but the Spurs are legitimately concerned over corporate sponsorships and tickets. Let’s face it San Antonio probably only is a one pro sports town right now. That could change. Furthermore, Jerry Jones is a very powerful voice in the NFL. Ever wonder why you can’t buy a Coke at an NFL stadium? Yep, Jerry Jones.

  79. wledlund says: Aug 12, 2014 7:49 PM

    Hey, they have the same colors, ok?

  80. rocoop says: Aug 12, 2014 7:52 PM

    Definition of “Insanity”..Look it up Raider fans..

    CHOO CHOO

  81. jsally430 says: Aug 12, 2014 8:03 PM

    Greeeeeeed

  82. gmsalpha says: Aug 12, 2014 8:15 PM

    Both teams wear silver and black. It’s a perfect fit.

  83. squackduckhawk says: Aug 12, 2014 8:23 PM

    San Antonio and it’s suburbs are plenty big enough to support an NFL franchise. Even if it is not Austin is only 70miles down the road. If they built the stadium in New Braunfels every game would be sold out.

  84. raidermick3sb3rings says: Aug 12, 2014 8:54 PM

    rocoop says:
    Aug 12, 2014 7:52 PM

    Definition of “Insanity”..Look it up Raider fans..

    CHOO CHOO

    ——————————————————

    Wow! That was so funny. How long did it take you to think that one up?

    Late…

  85. Wineshard says: Aug 13, 2014 12:16 AM

    Maybe the Spurs should just opt out of San Antonio and move to Cleveland if they want to pout about it?

  86. babygaga19 says: Aug 13, 2014 1:26 AM

    Raiders should move to a homeless shelter and play in the YMCA league, preferably the Mexico division. The Raiders are so irrelevant, it is not even funny.

  87. Savage Lizard says: Aug 13, 2014 11:05 AM

    “It would matter in the least anyway, the Raiders will do whatever they want to do and no league or town will stop them.”

    But an opposing defense will…with regularity.

  88. johngarc says: Aug 21, 2014 1:47 PM

    This is a false report and should be pulled. The Spurs rep in question is only a minority shareholder who said this and had no permission or right to speak on behalf of Spurs Sports and Entertainment. Peter Holt, the owner of the Spurs, has stated that neither he or the Spurs will have no problem if the Raiders move to S.A. and will not stand in their way. Please stop this irresponsible reporting by publishing rumors.

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