Despite reports that the Raiders are closing in on a deal for a new stadium to keep the team in Oakland, officials in San Antonio say they still hope to bring the Raiders to town.
San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley told the San Antonio Express-News that “we’re still in conversations” with the Raiders. San Antonio City Councilman Ron Nirenberg suggested that Oakland officials are overly optimistic about keeping the Raiders in town.
“Until we are told that San Antonio is no longer an option for the Raiders, I believe we still have to line up all the elements that would make an NFL deal possible here,” he said.
Realistically, it seems more likely that the Raiders are using San Antonio to gain leverage with Oakland than that the Raiders are really going to leave Oakland for San Antonio. But San Antonio officials don’t seem to believe they’re being used. They still think the NFL may soon have a team known as the San Antonio Raiders.