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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summer Means Asking Whether The Raiders Will Relocate To San Antonio

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 1:56 PM

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When it gets hot, especially when it gets 100-plus hot, people start going crazy.

So maybe that's why talk about whether the Oakland Raiders will relocate to the Alamo City always seems to heat up during the summer months — because it's crazy talk.

In all likelihood the conversation coincides with buzz about training camps, which are going on now, and pre-season games as people have been in a football drought since the Super Bowl. And, also, NFL owners are in Chicago right now discussing the future of professional football in several cities, including Oakland.

Or maybe it's Henry Cisneros? 

The former mayor and long-time San Antonio mover and shaker told News Radio WOAI that there is still a chance the Raiders will, indeed, come to Bexar County.

"Discussions are still going on with the Raiders," Cisneros said. "They have discussed with us that their situation is very dire."

At stake are the fate of the Raiders, as well as the San Diego Chargers and the St. Louis Rams. All three are said to be interested in moving to Los Angeles, and in fact, have begun work on new stadiums in L.A. But the NFL has said while it is interested in two teams on Los Angeles, there is no room for three.

The owners will be discussing the direction of projects of all three franchises, and Cisneros says the Raiders may turn out to be the odd man out, and if that is the case, San Antonio remains an option.

"The only thing I can say is, we continue to believe with good reason that San Antonio is very much one of the options for them," he said.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley is also in on the Raiders game. She told the San Antonio Business Journal that the Alamo City has captured the NFL's attention. 

The Oakland Raiders want a brand-new stadium, which they are unlikely to get. Truth is, the team's owner, Mark Davis, is most likely using the city for leverage to get a new stadium in Los Angeles or in Oakland.

Nonetheless, summer is here, and it's time to talk about the Raiders, who probably won't relocate to San Antonio.

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