During the last week there has been much talk of Raiders owner Mark Davis visiting San Antonio, Texas for a few days touring the Almodome and taking helicopters tours of the city. NFL fans don’t seemed phased by this one bit considering the Raiders history of moving back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles.
The Raiders started in Oakland in 1960 and moved to LA in 1982 for the chance of a bigger and better stadium, but when that possibility was finally squashed the Raiders and former owner Al Davis made their final move back to Oakland in 1994.
With the Raiders in Oakland, they are the only NFL team to still share a stadium with an MLB team (Oakland A’s). As Raiders fans it has to be embarrassing to watch the team you love play on what is merely a baseball field that is turned into a makeshift football field for 20 weeks out of the year.
What started Mark Davis’ search for a new home once again, was the Oakland A’s decision to sign a 10-year extension on the O.co Coliseum. The Raiders don’t want to be sharing a stadium with the A’s for the next 10 years, which is totally understandable, but is San Antonio, Texas the right place for the Raiders?
It doesn’t seem like the people of San Antonio are too eager to build a stadium for the Raiders considering a San Antonio news source wrote an article called “Just Move, Baby”. The article talks mostly about how the Raiders moved previously to “extort money from stupid, corrupt public officials to build new and improved stadiums”. Also the end of the article states “The sad thing is that the people of San Antonio and Oakland would probably benefit more from the government throwing a billion dollars out of a helicopter than they will from a billion dollar stadium that sits empty 340 days a year.”
That might be true for people of San Antonio whom only care to watch their Spurs win NBA titles (which is cool I guess), but that isn’t true for the die-hard fans of the Raiders. Raiders fans and Black Hole occupants would build a new stadium for the Raiders in Oakland, especially since Mark Davis even said “I’m not looking for any kind of AT&T stadium, All I am looking for is an intimate stadium that I can put a statue of my father in front of”(Former Owner Al Davis).
A more realistic option to the Raiders hometown issues may be going back to LA where there is most definitely a drive for an NFL football team. There hasn’t been an NFL team in LA since the Raiders left and frankly I’m surprised that is the case. I look at it this way: LA has two MLB teams and two NBA teams. How can it survive any longer with no NFL presence whatsoever?
The Raiders have to get out of Oakland sooner than later because no NFL team should have to share a stadium even if they haven’t been to the playoffs in over 10 years. They should not go to San Antonio where it seems they may not even have true home football fans. So I say the Raiders either call up everyone in the Black Hole to start building a new “intimate” stadium in Oakland or possibly move back to LA where football is needed, however, I’m open to more possibilities and/or suggestions.