San Antonio would prefer to own an NFL team. It’ll perhaps settle for renting one.
The Texas city that hopes to lure the Raiders to town is willing to provide temporary space for the team as it awaits a new home in Los Angeles, according the the San Antonio Express-News.
Discussions with the NFL regarding San Antonio as a short-term fix haven’t begun, but it’s a viable alternative if suitable temporary space for two teams can’t be found in L.A.
Still, sending one team to Texas for a two- or three-year stay ultimately will do nothing to build a fan base in L.A., and it will infringe on turf already occupied by the Cowboys and Texans.
The Coliseum, which hosts USC football games, currently seems to be the most (and perhaps only) viable location in L.A. for temporary space. So unless only one team relocates to L.A. and the second team finds a way to tread water in its current home, the NFL will need to either put two teams in the Coliseum, get another location in L.A. for one of the teams, or find another city perhaps in another state as the short-term solution.
Three NFL teams — the Rams, Raiders, and Chargers — are hoping to fill the two spots in Los Angeles.