The NFL owners met in Houston last week with three teams vying to move to Los Angeles, yet the owner only picked two. With the Rams and Chargers gearing up for th move, this left the Oakland Raiders without a new home.
The Raiders don't currently have a home for next year (their lease at O.Co Coliseum has not been extended yet) which has left owner Mark Davis searching for alternate plans. One of those plans lies in Texas, where Davis and the Raiders have explored the possibility of moving to San Antonio.
The Raiders have reportedly gone back to exploring this option, and it may have more to it than some thing. According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, Davis owns a parcel of land in-between San Antonio and Austin. San Antonio and Austin are just about 80 miles apart.
Former Minnesota Vikings owner, Red McCombs, is a San Antonio native and has long looked to make his hometown a viable NFL city. And now the former NFL owner sees a chance to make it happen with the Raiders struggling to get something done.
“It looks like they’re not going to get one, unfortunately,” McCombs said. “I’ve spent a lot of time with Mark Davis and with his president (Marc Badain). We have it queued up here in San Antonio with the city and the county. We’re in a real honeymoon now because the Spurs are just everything that you could expect out of any sports franchise. Our people have reason to believe the importance of what major league sports is to the community.”
Not only does he see it as a possible landing spot, but McCombs also believes the city can get something done quickly.
“If Mark gives us the word, we could have papers finalized in 48 hours with probably the best deal anybody could get anywhere,” McCombs said. “We play the first five years in the Alamodome, which is plenty, plenty good. During that time, we build a new stadium in between here and Austin and it will work like a clock. We’ve got to get them to agree to go for it.”
This very well could be leverage by Davis and the Raiders, but even if it is, the city of Oakland must take it seriously. It's been an on-going battle for a new stadium in Oakland and little progress has been made over the years.
There's been pressure on the city of Oakland for quite some time, and it certainly does appear that they must get something done if they hope to keep the team around. This story is far from over, so stay tuned as it continues to develop.