Texas or Santa Clara: Raiders' Fate Still Very Much in Flux

Texas or Santa Clara: Raiders' Fate Still Very Much in Flux


Local Raiders fans celebrated this week when the franchise was denied their bid to relocate to Los Angeles, but that doesn't mean owner Mark Davis plans to stay in the East Bay for much longer. 

On Tuesday, The Rams were approved for relocation to LA and The Chargers were given the opportunity to join them in their new stadium in Inglewood. If the Chargers decline, the Raiders would still have a chance to move in on that deal. 

Meanwhile, The Raiders are still looking for another venue, and aren't concerned with staying in California. The team is playing without a lease in 2016, and the city of San Antonio has been brought up as a potential new home for the Silver and Black. A relocation to Texas definitely has its perks: San Antonio and Austin would offer the team over 2.3 million football-deprived new fans. 

In local negotiations, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is halfheartedly scrambling to keep the Raiders in town. The NFL is willing to pitch in $300 million to help finance a new stadium and Schaaf has said that she's open to leasing the team land at the coliseum site at a favorable price and "sacrificing development opportunities to preserve parking spaces for tailgaters." The promise may be too little, too late, as there is also renewed talk of the Raiders sharing Levi’s Stadium with the San Francisco 49ers. 

Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews was quick to point out that Levi's stadium has locker rooms for two home teams and LED lighting to change the stadium's colors.

Where do you hope the Raiders end up? Join the conversation on Facebook. 

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