Raiders to San Antonio: Best for Business?
How many of you remember all of the talk for many years now about a professional football team returning to The City of Angles Los Angeles, California? After many years of discussion it is official that the St. Louis Rams will now be returning to Los Angeles after leaving that very city twenty-two years ago. Now while we sit and wait patiently for the Chargers to make up their minds on whether or not they will also be moving to Los Angeles, lets talk about Chris Berman’s favorite team of all time the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders will have the option to join the Rams as well only if the Chargers decide not to go, isn’t funny that even after all these years the Raiders are always getting the last chance to do anything?
Now the rumors and now real plan of Los Angeles having a football team has been known for years. Now ask yourselves would you of guessed that this very next season the great city of San Antonio, Texas could also have a team as well? The Raiders are playing without a lease this year meaning they have no where to play this season and the city of San Antonio is more than willing to have the Raiders be there new home.
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis owns land between the cities of Austin and San Antonio where a potential stadium could easily be built. It also probably helps that the very beloved San Antonio Spurs owner, and former Minnesota Vikings owner, Red McCombs has said he would be more than happy to back the Raiders move financially and claims he has over ten corporate entities ready to help as well. Also, the Raiders would be able to play at the Alamo Dome located in the heart of the city which was given to them by none other than the mayor of San Antonio. The only question is though would moving to San Antonio be best for business for the Raiders?
By now it is known around the country that football isn’t bigger anywhere else than the Lone Star state. The problem is how long has it been since the Raiders were good? If you go back thirteen years, you will find that is the last time the Raiders were even in the playoffs when they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. Since then it has been a downward spiral with countless losses, JaMarcus Russell (no explanation needed), the death of Al Davis, and no coaches being able to improve the Raiders. The fact that the Raiders have not had a winning record since their Super Bowl season, shows just how long the organization and fans have had to endure.
However, the last few years we all have been seeing the Raiders quietly improving with quarterback Derek Carr in his second season playing how a franchise quarterback should with 3,987 yards and only thirteen interceptions. The Raiders may have found their quarterback and then of course you cannot leave out the rookie sensation Amari Cooper who had the Raiders first 1000 yards receiving season since Randy Moss did over ten years ago. Now while you can’t just rely on the quarterback and one wide receiver to change everything, (even Tom Brady can’t do it alone) the Raiders are in the bottom twenty in overall stats, but with the rise of their defensive star Khalil Mack things look to be heading in the right direction. Mack was recently awarded, for the first time ever, an all-pro player at two positions those being linebacker and defensive end, the scary thing is that its only his second season.
The great city of San Antonio would welcome the Raiders with open arms not just because they would have another team to root for but because it would give them a chance to finally have some way to purely hate one of the most hated teams in America the Dallas Cowboys. With how their basketball team the Spurs have played the last two decades, they have set that the city of San Antonio is city who has fans that expect nothing less than to succeed. There is no doubt in my mind that the Raiders moving would be best for everybody. I look forward to see what happens in the next couple of weeks to see if this potential move becomes a reality. Only time will tell though because the Raiders need to come up with a plan and relocation application by February 15. I would love nothing more than to fly, drive, take a train, hell I’ll even walk there to go pick up my father who lives in San Antonio to go see the San Antonio Raiders taking on the Chicago Bears. Either way the Raiders will continue the winning culture that lives in San Antonio and they will do it the only way they know how to and that is simply to just win baby.