San Antonio is willing to provide temporary home for Raiders

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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.

41 responses to “San Antonio is willing to provide temporary home for Raiders

  1. Raiders should move to San Antonio. They are obviously desperate for a team and Davis likely wouldn’t have to sell a huge chunk of the team to pay for relocation fees or a stadium.

  2. If they would want to build a fan base here in Texas they would have to win. Especially in SA who has a basketball dynasty. Most people in Houston are Cowboys fans because the Texans have never won anything. One single playoff win for the entire organization. Historically, they’re losers.

  3. “If they would want to build a fan base here in Texas they would have to win.”

    Speak for yourself. Having an nfl team in San Antonio would be a huge boost for the economy here and I would love to take my son to watch an nfl game without having to drive over 3 hours.

  4. San Antonio really needs to stop acting like a 10 cent you know what…maybe show a little self respect?? then again the NFL will stop poking around if that’s the case i guess…start giving up tax payers dollars…they like that San Antonio…

  5. They should do it. Everyone knows there’s only one TRUE team in the bay area. One CLASSY organization. One TRUE MVP QB. The rest are a stain to the city by the bay.

  6. How is it not too much to have Jags, Dolphins, Bucs in Florida Giants Jets and Bills in NY Raiders Chargers 49er and USC as well but Texas can’t handle 3 teams

  7. Although it would be great to see the Raiders stay home, in today’s anti-welfare-for-billionaires society that probably ain’t gonna happen in a place like Oakland. It’s too bad the NFL doesn’t set aside funding to chip in for the cost of replacing these giant stadiums every 20 years – or in the case of the Raiders every 75 years. San Antonio Raiders does roll off the tongue quite nicely I guess. Plus, if Mark Davis starts wearing a cowboy hat we won’t have to see his hair as much.

  8. If the Raiders move to SA they’ll out draw any team that moves to LA. And probably try to find a way to stay
    Anyone thinks Texas can’t support 3 NFL teams dos not know Texas. Football is King here.

    As for the Cowboys; remind me again what they’ve won in the 21st century.

  9. How is it not too much to have Jags, Dolphins, Bucs in Florida Giants Jets and Bills in NY Raiders Chargers 49er and USC as well but Texas can’t handle 3 teams

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    Anyone thinks Texas can’t support 3 NFL teams dos not know Texas. Football is King here.

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    Completely right on both counts. If SA were to be a temporary home, it would be like trying to get a bone from a dog to move them to LA. I have been in Texas a few times. I have seen the affinity for football there. Having the necessary fan base for all those teams WILL NOT be a problem.

  10. Just looking at population numbers. The San Antonio Austin metro area would be the 10th largest in the US. Larger than Boston or San Francisco. And don’t tell me there’s already too many teams in Texas. The state has more population than Ohio and Pennsylvania combined and they have 4 teams.

    West Texas Raiders has a nice ring to it.

  11. San Antonio took in the Saints after Hurricane Katrina and tried to keep them there. Trust me, they’re in it to win it.

  12. That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. Classiest team in the bay? Whatever. Kap is straight garbage. Niners are a disfuntioal group of criminals. You can’t keep any good players. They are either jumping ship, or getting locked up. Quit hating just to hate. You’re just mad cuz the Raiders will be in the playoffs before that sorry ass Santa Clara team.

  13. I’m a die hard Raiders fan who moved to Austin. While I would 100% buy season tickets if they moved to San Antonio, I feel like the Raiders are a West Coast team! The Spurs colors already match.. That would go well for marketing in the area.

  14. Las Vegas would be a better fit for Cali fans. Stadium only seats about 35K but that’s about an average Raider game anyway.

  15. It’s hilarious that people are upset because certain states have more than 1 football team. They must have their heads in the sand if they think that a team in NYC would represent Buffalo, or anything in the Bay Area would represent Southern California. There’s enough distance that those metropolitan areas stand on their own. For Christ’s sake they have their own political representation and the TV markets aren’t remotely overlapping. Why do they continue to cry about that?

  16. Move them to El Paso, TX and Goodells dream of having a team in another country will be realized, the Cuidad Juarez Raiders of El Paso has a nice ring to it

  17. If the Raiders go to San Antonio and consistently sell out the stadium there then I think that it would be crazy to then push to move to Los Angeles which has proven that it can’t support an NFL team.

  18. Funny, when it looks like the Rams and Chargers take the lead in the race to Los Angeles, San Antonio comes back into the picture.

    BTW, according to Raider beat writer Vic Tafor, the Raiders this year have sold the most season tickets since they came back to Oakland (Which Includes the Gruden years). Not bad for a team coming off a 3-13 season without a winning record 13 seasons.

    And my only response to those Niner fans that trash my team, 24-13.

    Stay in Oakland.

  19. I’ve been an Oakland Raider fan since the 60s.
    If they’re gonna move anyway, I’d rather see them in San Antonio than in LA.
    I dislike everything about LA. They grow pod people there. Everyone tries to be whatever they see on TV that week. It’s a society of drones.

  20. rainsarge says:

    How is it not too much to have Jags, Dolphins, Bucs in Florida Giants Jets and Bills in NY Raiders Chargers 49er and USC as well but Texas can’t handle 3 teams
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    Florida, New York and California don’t have America’s Team.

  21. araidersfan says:
    Aug 15, 2015 5:49 PM
    If the Raiders go to San Antonio and consistently sell out the stadium there then I think that it would be crazy to then push to move to Los Angeles which has proven that it can’t support an NFL team.

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    Exactly. L.A. has shown they can’t keep teams in town. San Antonio would be a sell out every game with a waiting list. It looks like San Antonio is going to be used like Kraft used Conn. to get a stadium built in Foxboro.

  22. If the Raiders were to call SA home, kinda cool having the silver/black theme with the Spurs.
    I’ve always thought the black/yellow thing the Steelers, Pirates & Penguins had going in Pittsburgh was pretty neat.

  23. Florida, New York and California don’t have America’s Team
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    True, but the Atlanta Braves don’t play football.

  24. Was just in San Antomio a few weeks ago… Saw a bunch of Raider license plate frames, car logos, etc… I think it would be really cool if they were in SA! And… The Spurs (my sons fav team) could teach them how to win! Jk!

  25. Share Levi stadium with the niners. That stadium is a bust and is going to need help filling seats soon. The niners fell apart and so will their bandwagon of trend following hipsters.

  26. Until the Raiders can show profitability year in and year out, who in their right mind is going to give them money for a new stadium?

    Should they move to San Antonio, the novelty will wear off, the losses will continue and in a couple years, it’s time to unpack the tarps.

    This hillbilly/management team knows nothing about running an NFL franchise. Am I lying?

  27. An NFL team would not be considered a novelty in San Antonio. It takes a lot more than a management team for a franchise to be successful for the long term. IT TAKES A VILLAGE!! It takes full support from the the local community; City, County, businesses and above all the fans. That kind of support is what drives a team to excellence.

  28. Raiders are on their way up…..just ask those 49ers last year.. lol San Antonio would be great… LA sucks!

    We’ll see who are real Raider fans if they leave California..

  29. Whether they rent or stay , it is a great move for both parties, San Antonio is a great place.

    They should stay, however if they don’t L.A. is the place for them, however San Antonio would be a great city to at least hold training camp.

  30. Rams to L.A. County.

    Chargers to Orange County(more people than in most states in the USA, plus more money than any other LA Metro county).

    Raiders in Riverside county with the 909er trash.

    The Southland is big enough where it doesn’t have to share.

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