Are the Oakland Raiders Being Lured to San Antonio?

Charles Bowles
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Could the city of San Antonio be a landing spot for the Oakland Raiders? It is a real possibility.

After failing to return to Los Angeles, the Raiders are stuck between a rock and a hard place. The team currently does not have a lease to play at the Oakland Coliseum for the upcoming season and would need the San Diego Chargers to decline their yearlong option to join the Rams in order to have a chance to return to LA.

The man behind the push to move to San Antonio is former Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs, who’s had discussions with Raiders owner Mark Davis about a possible move to the Lone Star State. McCombs lives in Texas and is also former owner of the San Antonio Spurs.

According to media reports, Davis owns land in San Antonio, where a potential football stadium could be built. McCombs also believes there are several other locations in San Antonio that could work for a football stadium.

McCombs, in a radio interview with ESPN San Antonio, said that he would be “amenable” to buying a stake in the Raiders in order to get the team to move to San Antonio. He also claimed to have “serious commitments” from multiple corporate sponsors if they were to move.

Davis declined to comment on the rumors.

It would be an interesting move for the Raiders, who would have to compete with two other NFL teams in Texas to attract fans.

Another potential complication is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who would likely not want a third NFL franchise in Texas. Jones would only need eight other owners to reject the proposal, and he would likely get support from Houston Texans owner Bob McNair.

So could the Raiders move to San Antonio? It’s possible, but right now the Raiders need to find a home for this season.