One of the worst kept secrets in the NFL is the fact that the Oakland Raiders want a new stadium. In the spirit of his late father Al, current Raiders owner Mark Davis is listening to all offers, including from San Antonio. The Raiders have been linked to rumors which would have them eventually return to Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest television market. Preliminary discussions have gone as far as suggesting the Raiders could share a new LA stadium with another NFL franchise, perhaps the St. Louis Rams.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was interviewed over the weekend by the NFL Network and asked about the possibility of the Raiders sharing a stadium with the San Francisco 49ers, in the same fashion as the New York Jets and Giants share MetLife Stadium. He stated no option was the table at the current time.
Although there has been no official word from the Oakland ownership, KSAT.com is reporting San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley confirms discussions about moving the franchise were conducted.
“Oakland Raiders officials were in San Antonio in July to attend the Prairie View Interscholastic League Hall of Fame induction of Cliff Branch and met with community representatives regarding the possible use of the Alamodome for future NFL games and potential relocation of the Oakland Raiders from Oakland, California to San Antonio. These discussions are in a very preliminary stage.”
This is not the first time the Raiders have been linked to the Alamo City. Oakland had discussions in 1989. The New Orleans Saints were the last franchise believed to be on the move to the region. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t seem too fond of the idea, citing unofficially that 99% of the population are Cowboys fans.
“I too appreciate what a great city San Antonio is. I am very pleased that we have the fan base that we have. Down there the percentage of fans we have, I think it’s 97, 98, 99 percent of Cowboy fans in that area, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. I know that there are those kinds of rumors, (like there was) regarding the Saints,” said Jones. “I don’t have any thoughts there, and (it) would be difficult for them to make headway, I’m sure of that,” said Jones.
This is all part of the posturing process for the Raiders. I could see the franchise returning to Los Angeles or a new stadium being built in Oakland but can’t imagine they would leave California.