San Antonio Is About Ready To Conduct A Study To See If It Can Add A Team

Looking to be Bigger League.

It appears that San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is ready to spend some money to update a 2011 sports feasibility study to find out if San Antonio can pursue a National Football League or a Major League Baseball opponent in getting either expansion or relocation team. Last November, Nirenberg told San Antonio television station KSAT you will see an NFL team in San Antonio in the next 10 years. San Antonio has never really been a contender for an NFL team although Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis did have some talks with local officials about the possibility of relocating the team in the city. Davis ultimately took a Las Vegas deal which included three quarters of a billion dollars in subsidies to help pay for a stadium. San Antonio provided a temporary home for Tom Benson’s New Orleans Saints in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and parts of the Gulf Coast. Benson also looked at San Antonio as a possible relocation city as a hedge when he was renegotiating a Superdome deal two decades ago. San Antonio had an Alliance of American Football team this spring and attendance was reasonably good. The city had a United States Football League team in 1984 and 1985. Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria explored the town when he was looking to get a Miami stadium for his Major League Baseball team and using San Antonio for negotiating leverage in 2006.

San Antonio’s problem in 2006 and in 2011 has not changed in 2019. The corporate market is thin and the TV market is small and there is not a whole lot of money around. The corporate money that is available goes to the Spurs. In 2011, the feasibility report pointed that out. In 2019, there still is not enough money around for the Spurs and another major league team.