By now, if you’ve been listening to the national media, you know Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis visited San Antonio a couple of weeks ago. While he was here to honor Cliff Branch, Davis, a friend of Henry Cisneros’ also discussed the Raiders moving to this city and met with San Antonio’s then-mayor Julian Castro; the City Manager, Spurs owner Peter Holt and a number of other civic leaders. Public discussion of the meetings provided plenty of ammunition for the local and national media.
You know BSP is a Raiders fan. Furthermore, I live in San Antonio. One of the positives is, I could get my season tickets back. I could even go to a game with Mr. Mc. LOL, Mr. Mc hates the Raiders; he prefers the team that wears orange. You know, the one that took a joyous hammering in the Super Bowl. Hopefully, the team in orange will prove an even bigger disappointment this year than they were in the Super Bowl.
Anyway, it would be really difficult for the Raiders to move here, and not just because of the financials. The financials are intimidating enough. The Raiders would be evacuating the 6th largest TV market for the 36th largest. The stadium currently existing here, the Alamodome, isn’t new; it’s a 19 year-old building in need of its own facelift. While San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the nation, it’s metro area is one of the smallest. Texas, one of the most conservative states, in one of the most conservative cities, would not be in favor of any tax increase whatsoever. Most people here try not to remember the Spurs threat to move to New Orleans if the AT$T Center hadn’t been built. Plus the fan base here is almost exclusively Dallas Cowboys. When told about Mark Davis’ visit, Jerry Jones stated:
“What I will say is San Antonio is very important to the Dallas Cowboys. We have the exact same percentage of fans in San Antonio that we do in Plano, Texas, about 98 percent.”
Asked if he was surprised that the Raiders would target San Antonio, Jones said, “No. I don’t make a lot of this. At all.”
Jones thinks he owns San Antonio. In reality, he shouldn’t. The Cowboys own San Antonio due to the Aikman/Irvin/Smith years. That’s been over for nearly two decades. The real reason Jones doesn’t want another team here is the problem they’ve had winning in the post-season as of late. They haven’t. How brutal have the Cowboys in the postseason? The Raiders haven’t sniffed the postseason since 2003 and they have more postseason wins in this century than the Cowboys. If there was a team winning here, and one in Houston, Jones might have to find someone who knows football to come in and run that team.
Into something besides the ground like he has, ha ha.
Anyway, I rate the Raiders chances of moving here to be very small. Mostly for the reasons I’ve mentioned above. In addition, the Raiders are so West Coast; they would be virtually abandoning their fan base. I also know Mark Davis doesn’t want to leave California for this sweat box. I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more about Davis investigating leaving Oakland before the Raiders settle on a home. Hopefully the Raiders and some city in the Bay Area will find a way to make it work.