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Report: San Antonio could emerge as temporary home for Raiders

Immediately upon being approved to move to Las Vegas, Raiders owner Mark Davis said his team could still stay in Oakland for up to three seasons.

But if things get weird next year in Oakland, they figure to have options.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, the possibility of the Raiders playing a year or so in San Antonio before their new stadium in Las Vegas is built in 2020 shouldn’t be ruled out.

San Antonio has been perfectly willing to be a host (or a stalking horse) in the past, and their flirtations with the Raiders have been overt. They have a ready made stadium in the Alamodome which  has hosted the Saints after Hurricane Katrina and Cowboys training camp often.

The Raiders have team options to play in Oakland’s existing coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and 2019 is to be determined. But if the reaction is bad this season — and there’s at least some early political grandstanding to suggest it might — Davis might not want to hang around for another year of being ignored or worse.

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  1. zaphod424242 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:11 PM

    +500 for the pic. Raiders offices will be in the basement.

  2. 49ersfury says: Mar 29, 2017 12:16 PM

    “If” there’s a bad reaction? Look Oakland is like this:” a toda madre o unbdesmadre”. Meaning if you’re from Oakland , represent Oakland it’s all love. When you’re not from Oakland and from another city(Las Vegas) there is no love. It’s cold as ice. Like a motherless child.

    Raiders could leave ASAP. Don’t worry about bringing a championship to Oakland. Warriors already handled that and gonna handle another one, and Lynch and Shanahan are going to bring a Lombardi to the Bay. #6 to be exact. Raiders Lombardis don’t count. We’re good over here.

    49ers 2017 (The Quest for 6)
    5 Lombardis
    Sole Owners of the 6th largest TV Market
    Home of the Greatest QB of All Time
    Home of the Greatest WR of All Time
    Home of The Greatest Free Safety of All Time
    Home of the Greatest NT(Michael Carter) of All Time.
    Home of the Greatest Head Coach of All Time
    Home of the Greatest Owner of All Time

    49ers – The Greatest Franchise of All Time San Francisco-San Jose-OAKLAND’s team.

  3. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says: Mar 29, 2017 12:19 PM

    Go Raiders Go Spurs …black & silver 4 life!!!

  4. radrntn says: Mar 29, 2017 12:20 PM

    Draymond Green was spot on about the Raiders in his post game interview when asked about the Raiders. He said you simply do not move the Packers from Green Bay, the Celtics from Boston, nor the Raiders from Oakland…..you just don’t do it! He also stated he will no longer go to games, and dosen’t think anybody in Oakland should.

    Personally after years of dysfunction, I am optimistic about the Raiders, and am looking forward to this season. With that said I would also be willing to stand in solidarity with all Oakland Raider fans and skip the first half of the first pre-season game, and just have a huge tailgate party in the parking lot celebrating the Oakland Raiders. Hopefully the entire game would be empty in the first half.

  5. ravensbob says: Mar 29, 2017 12:24 PM

    San Antonio jags 2021

  6. madddogg365 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:26 PM

    San Antonio has been after an NFL franchise since the Saints relocated there after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It will be a nice temporary spot.

  7. MichaelEdits says: Mar 29, 2017 12:27 PM

    That would be a better choice than London.

  8. rohlo71 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:27 PM

    They have an open option in san diego too and it makes more sense as their fanbase in cali drives all over the state not to mention its a 4 hr drive from vegas.why would they play for 3-years half way accross the country from majority of their fanbase in so cal and now vegas???come on vinny?saints played in san antnio cause it was closest geographic spot to new orleans without an nfl team.im sure raider fans would rather go see them in san diego for a few years instead of halfway accross the country in the alamo city.

  9. joetoronto says: Mar 29, 2017 12:29 PM

    Good stuff, San Antonio is a good market and wants a team of their own.

  10. babygaga19 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:30 PM

    Da Rayduhs. The ladies of the night, always looking for a new motel room from which to conduct their business. How is this possible with their legendary fan support that is touted as global?

    My team has sold out all home games since 1968, got a new stadium financed primarily through local tax payers. We show up and support our team and don’t tarp our stadium and have a 20 year wait ing list for season tix. Da Rayduhs, they are who we thought they were, prostitutes of the NFL!

  11. magikskillz says: Mar 29, 2017 12:33 PM

    I don’t think Jerry Jones will be too happy about this.

  12. binarymath says: Mar 29, 2017 12:42 PM

    magikskillz says:
    Mar 29, 2017 12:33 PM
    I don’t think Jerry Jones will be too happy about this.

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    Let me $ee if I can gue$$ how that di$cu$$ion might go…

  13. mmack66 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:47 PM

    Just move them to Mexico for 3 years. Problem solved.

  14. learysdisciples says: Mar 29, 2017 12:52 PM

    So when do the “Chargers are moving to Oakland” theories begin?

  15. briang123 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:54 PM

    What people should be talking about is how it is possible a state that rejected Trump by millions of votes will lose the Raiders for a few years to a backward state that voted for Trump in big numbers. Coincidence? I think not. A league full of old white conservative owners that will blackball Kaepernick for daring to exercise his First Amendment rights would surely want to punish a blue state.

  16. ontherocks1964 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:54 PM

    For the life of me I can’t understand why San Antonio doesn’t already have it’s own NFL franchise.

  17. brianscanlon48hotmailcom says: Mar 29, 2017 1:01 PM

    Why not play at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium?

  18. babygaga19 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:05 PM

    Jones is one of the few owners that was a close friend of AL Davis (birds of a feather…..). He will not like it if the Raiders play in Texas, nobody steals his thunder, but I doubt he would strongly oppose it, for one year and one year only. But you never know. Raiders are on the rise, very strong team with a young core of superstar players. Jones doesn’t like to share the spotlight but for reasons that escape me, the Cowboys will always be America’s most popular team regardless of where the Raiders play.

  19. pancaketaco says: Mar 29, 2017 1:05 PM

    So San Antonio build an NFL ready stadium on spec…San Diego and Oakland (politicians) can’t get out of their own way & lose their teams.

    Texas 1 – CA – 0

  20. jsm11 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:09 PM

    Oakland should just play it by the book, if it has no better option for stadium income, they should let the Raider stay but make them change their name already. It’s no longer OAKLAND Raiders, Sayonada.

  21. DesertEagle76 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:13 PM

    Just play in Sam Boyd on the east side of Vegas already, I know it’s a dump but it is a couple of steps up from the coliseum.

    Or better yet, last year there was an awesome experiment between Virginia Tech and Tennessee playing at Bristol Motor Speedway. Suppose the same could apply to Vegas.

  22. abninf says: Mar 29, 2017 1:16 PM

    ontherocks1964 says:

    For the life of me I can’t understand why San Antonio doesn’t already have it’s own NFL franchise.
    ============================

    That’s where the Chargers should have gone.

  23. DesertEagle76 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:18 PM

    As far as staying in Oakland right now, that is like suddenly being in the friend zone after a long term relationship. And most of us know that is a waste of time from the onset.

  24. nflpoker says: Mar 29, 2017 1:27 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Mar 29, 2017 12:29 PM
    Good stuff, San Antonio is a good market and wants a team of their own.
    =====================================

    I can see them hosting the Raiders at the drop of a hat if asked by the Raiders to help them out. The San Antonio metro area population growth is the 6th ranked in the country. They have more than 2.4 million people there. If San Antonio did a good job of hosting them, there would be no excuse for them not having a franchise. The state is large enough to support another team. Before all this messing around, California had 3 teams, I believe. Texas eats and breathes football. Still, Jerry would have a cow. Poor baby.

  25. idiedpretty says: Mar 29, 2017 1:38 PM

    Why not play at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium?
    ——‘–

    Boyd needs significant upgrades before the NFL will allow a game to be played there. This includes handicap access, larger media access and security issues. Nobody wants to pay for this.

  26. themikegun says: Mar 29, 2017 1:41 PM

    49ersfury says:
    Mar 29, 2017 12:16 PM
    …….

    Home of the Greatest QB of All Time

    ???????
    ***************************************
    I was confused by this at first, THEN I remembered Tom Brady grew up in the Bay Area!!!!

  27. raiderrob21 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:43 PM

    Opportunity to spread the fan base. RAIDER NATION is worldwide

  28. 52crabcakes says: Mar 29, 2017 1:45 PM

    and I hope no one goes to their games! NFL does not care about you, the fan.

  29. idiedpretty says: Mar 29, 2017 1:46 PM

    The likely alternative is, the Raiders would play their 2019 home games in Mexico City. They are hugely popular there and in all likelihood, this would be less expensive than playing 2019 in Oakland where Libby will gouge the hell out of them.

  30. sportnorcal says: Mar 29, 2017 1:53 PM

    San Antonio:
    always the bridesmaid – never the bride.

  31. psousa1 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:56 PM

    and home of the second greatest coach of all time!!!

  32. puntonfirstdown says: Mar 29, 2017 2:02 PM

    Geez, am I glad my team, located in northeastern Wisconsin, will never move.

  33. mogogo1 says: Mar 29, 2017 2:10 PM

    “nor the Raiders from Oakland…..you just don’t do it! ”
    _______

    Anybody want to break it to this guy that they don’t just do it–they do it repeatedly?

  34. rriddlerr says: Mar 29, 2017 2:22 PM

    I think they should strike a deal with BYU and play in Provo, Utah. 60,000+ seat stadium, 5 hours north of Las Vegas.
    Start building a fan base north of their new home.

  35. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 29, 2017 2:23 PM

    They could always play in MX. Test the market for a full season. Habla espanol?

  36. kane337 says: Mar 29, 2017 2:31 PM

    puntonfirstdown says:
    Mar 29, 2017 2:02 PM
    Geez, am I glad my team, located in northeastern Wisconsin, will never move.

    ——————-

    Milwaukee Packers 2040

  37. wolfmanpatriot says: Mar 29, 2017 2:52 PM

    Gee. Wonder what team that is?😜
    I like GB’s set up w no one owner.
    And although the shares owned by the community make no $, I know a few friends that have and enjoy their suvenier. Much better than a hat or jersey.

  38. richabbs says: Mar 29, 2017 3:00 PM

    Jerrah will never let another team play in Texas. I do like the idea of the Raiders playing in Provo at BYU. That would be fun to see.

  39. kelsey59 says: Mar 29, 2017 3:43 PM

    Raiders should go to the next largest city without a team – Cleveland.

  40. stlouisfan says: Mar 29, 2017 4:06 PM

    Oakland should never allow the Davis Raiders to play a game in Oakland again. This is the second time they have moved. Why should the city of Oakland support an owner that doesn’t want to be there ? If he really wanted to be there , he would be. Davis could have worked out a deal with the Oakland on a stadium deal if he really wanted to be there. Oakland does not deserve all the blame in this. Davis comes across like a poor woe is me football owner that tried his best to make it all work. Play in the UNLV stadium until the new one is done. Cant be much worse than what the Rams play in now. Just go Baby !

  41. mdintino1420 says: Mar 29, 2017 4:42 PM

    If attendance is really low for the Raiders this season, they ought to find a temporary home until the Las Vegas Stadium is complete. I think Provo, Utah for a year or two would be a great idea.

    San Antonio should be considered for an expansion or relocated team. Texas is a huge state that can support 3 NFL teams.

  42. charger383 says: Mar 29, 2017 5:36 PM

    Play in London, Mexico, college stadiums, Bristol Racetrack, Japan, extra away games; do something different

  43. boracaydude says: Mar 29, 2017 5:43 PM

    Just move the team to the Philippines and rename it the Manila Folders ….

  44. chrismireya says: Mar 29, 2017 7:34 PM

    I live in the Bay Area. This area is beautiful — and the weather is next to perfect year-round.

    The only thing that is difficult about living here is the POLITICIANS. It’s like the inmates are running the asylum.

    If we could have the people, population and laws of Texas in the state of California, it would be the perfect state.

  45. omeimontis says: Mar 29, 2017 11:58 PM

    I hope they go to San Antonio now. That way I can get more games on TV on Sundays. Right now if the Raiders are home, there is no double header if it happens to be CBS’ turn to have doubleheaders.

  46. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 30, 2017 9:19 AM

    7 hour drive to San Antonio! I won’t be upset at all 🙂

  47. alonestartexan says: Mar 30, 2017 11:16 AM

    madddogg365 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 12:26 PM
    San Antonio has been after an NFL franchise since the Saints relocated there after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It will be a nice temporary spot.

    San Antonio has been after an NFL franchise since the days of the USFL and the San Antonio Gunslingers.

    They build the Alamodome in 1993 to get one of the NFL expansion teams that ended up in Carolina and Jacksonville. St. Louis also foolishly built a stadium to lure expansion in 1993 as well and failed, but were lucky enough to have Georgia Frontiere relocate the Rams to her hometown.

  48. canadaldavis says: Mar 31, 2017 10:36 AM

    Where the Raiders should play is in Toronto.
    They would pick up 35 million news fans.

  49. madddogg365 says: Mar 31, 2017 12:26 PM

    49ersfury

    Your copy/paste skills are extraordinary. lol

  50. thekillernacho says: Apr 7, 2017 9:33 AM

    I hope they go to San Antonio now. That way I can get more games on TV on Sundays. Right now if the Raiders are home, there is no double header if it happens to be CBS’ turn to have doubleheaders.

    You realize as soon as the Raiders skip town, you’ll probably be in the 49ers broadcasting area and have the same problem in reverse, right?

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