The Raiders Will Play A Game In Mexico City Next Season, So Of Course Speculation Is That They’ll Move There
The NFL announced today that the Oakland Raiders will play the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Nov. 21 of this year, and that it will considered a Raiders home game -- possibly because the nation's estimated 22 million NFL fans are enamored with the silver and black.
The Monday Night Football game will be at Estadio Azteca, home of Mexico's national soccer team and the site of the first international regular-season NFL game in 2005 (49ers-Cardinals). The Raiders-Texans game is the first of a series -- three regular season games will be played in Mexico City under a three-year agreement.
And so naturally one must assume that the Raiders will eventually move there. Why not? There's scarcely a city west of the Rockies that hasn't had that honor. San Antonio, Sacramento, Portland, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Jose, San Diego, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas have all been potential landing sites for the Raiders over the past five years.
Roger Goodell, in San Francisco today for Super Bowl festivities, said tat he is dedicated to helping the Raiders get a new stadium in Oakland.
Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Raiders owner Mark Davis, who recently visited Las Vegas as part of his search for a new home for his team, dodged two questions about the possibility he would like to relocate his team to Mexico City, saying “I really haven’t thought about that.” But he also said he expected most of the fans at the game would be for the Raiders, which he called “a global brand.”
Yep. If Davis sets foot within 10 miles of any NFL-vacant city in North America, it's assumed by the media that he's going to move the team there.
Here's Roger Goodell talking about the Mexico City game, in what sure looks like a planted question.
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