Oakland Raiders still talking to San Antonio officials


Nov 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans tailgate while holding signs the read “Stay in Oakland” before the NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With an upcoming meeting in Chicago with NFL owners to determine the future of the Raiders, Chargers and Rams when it comes to California relocation one would think that San Antonio have given up their hopes of luring a franchise to Texas. The Texas city continuing their recent history of trying to bring a third NFL franchise to the football crazy state, their hopes mostly falling with the Oakland Raiders as they have been trying to lure owner Mark Davis outside of California if he considers relocation as the viable option.

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Those hopes and efforts from San Antonio officials are continuing even with Los Angeles getting the majority of the headlines with the upcoming August meetings in Chicago. Reports surfacing that the city is still taking to the Oakland Raiders about relocation despite the looming reality that the NFL will be likely giving Los Angeles two teams in the near future. With the Silver and Black likely to make a strong case for moving back to the second largest market in the United States.

San Antonio hopes that the two teams that move to Los Angeles would not be the Raiders, who would then potentially look at their options with San Antonio as the leading relocation candidate with remaining in California removed as an option for the team. City Manager Sheryl Sculley revealing to Scott Bailey of the San Antonio Business Journal that San Antonio is remaining in contact with the Raiders as everything continues to unfold.

We have certainly raised the attention of the NFL,” Sculley told Bailey of their discussions with the Raiders.

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The City Manager for San Antonio added that they expect the Raiders plans for 2016 to be known following the NFL’s August meeting in Chicago, a meeting that is slated for next week.

“We are following closely what is going on in California,” Sculley said. “We expect to hear what [the Raiders’] plans are for the 2016 season after that meeting.”

San Antonio is likely out of the picture at this point, but if Los Angeles was removed from the equation and Oakland was still presenting Davis with the issues they are currently giving the Raiders owner in terms of public support there is a chance that the desperate Texas city could become an option. Remaining in contact and with interest keeps their slim hopes alive at the very least, but you have to imagine the Raiders are in Los Angeles, Oakland or bust mode until those options are taken off of the table which makes the interest in San Antonio hopeful at best until further notice.