By Jimmie Kaylor @jimmiekaylor on August 2, 2014
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis recently met with officials in San Antonio to open dialog on the possibility of the Raiders making the move to the Alamo City. In reality, this was probably just Davis taking a page out of his late father’s playbook and trying to put the pressure on the city of Oakland to build a new stadium. If a new stadium cannot be done in Oakland, it may be time for one of the NFL’s most iconic franchises to pack up and move.
It may not have the population and flashiness of the other potential cities, but Oklahoma City has been great for the NBA and the people of Oklahoma flat-out love football. OKC would likely roll out the red carpet for the chance to land an NFL franchise such as the Raiders.
Something about the Raiders and Las Vegas just seems like a perfect match. Las Vegas would undoubtedly attract a lot of visiting fans, but their current residents haven’t been great supporters of their local teams, UNLV in particular. Another potential hang-up could be the gambling factor. It isn’t the mob-ruled Vegas of the mid-1900s, but the NFL would have to think long and hard about the potential problems that could be arise from gambling.
When and if the NFL decides to expand, Portland is highly likely to land a franchise. This would keep the Raiders on the west coast and the state of Oregon has a great track record in college (Oregon and Oregon State) and professional (Portland Breakers of the USFL) football attendance figures. Portland also happens to be the largest U.S. market with only one team in the big three (NFL, NBA, MLB) sports leagues.
Mark Davis has already met with San Antone officials, so this is obviously a possibility. This is the seventh most populated city in America and has a proven professional sports fanbase. The biggest obstacle here would be overcoming Jerry Jones’ insistence on not adding another team in Texas.
This is the most likely destination for the Raiders. It would keep them in California, and the city has plans for a brand new stadium. It’s hard to believe the NFL has grown into the powerhouse it is today without a franchise in the second-largest city in the country. The Raiders would also have the benefit of having an already established fanbase in the City of Angels.
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