Bexar judge downplays Raiders' potential move to SA

Nelson Wolff: 'It's nothing but talk'


SAN ANTONIO – As rumors fly about whether the Oakland Raiders are considering a move to San Antonio, some local leaders are weighing in on all the chatter.

The owner of the Raiders, Mark Davis, was in San Antonio a few weeks ago. City leaders tried to convince Davis that the Alamo City is ready to host Raider Nation.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said he has been down this road before with not only the NFL, but Major League Baseball as well. The Saints played in San Antonio for three games after Hurricane Katrina and Marlins officials used San Antonio to gain leverage in their efforts to build a new stadium.

"I worked hard on two things: the New Orleans Saints and, of course, the (Miami) Marlins," Wolff said. "Of course, we crashed on both of them. And what we learned (is that) unless the league speaks first and says, 'If you want to go to San Antonio, we have the 24 teams that are going to support that.' Otherwise, it's nothing but talk."

Davis is looking for a new stadium for his team and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said the city is working with developers to keep both the Raiders and the Oakland A's in town. The A's recently renewed their lease with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum -- all but guaranteeing they will stay in the Bay City for at least the next 10 years.