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Old 07-25-2004   #1
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Has anyone heard of the vickings moving to s.a.
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Did you hear that somewhere, because that is new to me.
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When did Michael Vick get a team named after him?
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If the Vikings move anywhere, it will be LA. Minnesota is running neck and neck with Indy to see which city/state will be stupid enough to let their NFL franchise slip away.

The SA rumors started years ago because Red is from SA. The more likely scenarios are Red selling to a LA interest or selling locally to the T-Wolves owner.

There were economic feasibility studies done years ago by someone (can't recall) that suggested SA would have extreme difficulty supporting an NFL franchise due to things like small corporate base (who's going to buy the luxury suites?) and to some degree the amount of disposable income among residents (who's going to buy 50,000 + season tickets?) - even though it's one of the largest cities in the country in terms of population, I doubt if things have changed much - plus now there would be a new stadium requirement (Alamodome won't cut it), and other things I can't recall at the moment. I don't think the proximity to Dallas and Houston was an issue in the study necessarily but SA is a huge market for Jerry Jones and an emerging market for Bob McNair and for some reason I can't see them supporting such a move. The study was done in the mid-90's, I believe, when Bud was shopping the Oilers for the last time.

My point is that if an existing team moves somewhere in the next few years, it will be either the Vikes or Indy to LA, because both have stadium issues and the league desperately wants a team in LA to re-tap into that huge TV market.

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While I agree that the base for an NFL team is likely not there in SA because it is such an economically depressed area, the Spurs don't seem to have any trouble filling seats. They even managed to get out of the Alamodome and into the SBC Center.

There are some medium and large companies based in San Antonio: SBC, Clear Channel, KCI, Valero, USAA, Tesoro, Titan Insurance...but not many. Plus, the TV market doesn't look that appealing with Dallas and Houston siphoning off so much the fan base in eastern Texas.
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Selling out a 18-19000 seat arena is not the same as selling out a 69-75000 seat stadium.

They would HAVE to build a new stadium. The Alamo Dome is a dump.
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That's funny (strange/ironic funny, not hah-hah funny) that SA would have to build a new stadium because that was the whole purpose of building the Alamodome....to attract an NFL team.
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Now all it does is host high school games and every seven or nine years a final four. Seriously, the place is terrible. Give the Astrodome a good scrubbing and its 10 times better than the Alamodome.
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My school was in the playoffs and played at the alamodome. It was horrible. I dont see a way that a NFL team would even condisder thinking about playing there.
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not only is the alamodome put together with spit and wax, sa can't even support a semi-pro tm- we've been tryin for decades. i'm sure cisneros dangled a nfl tm in front of the locals, but that was just to get the votes he needed for the alamodome construction- and all the locals know what a joke that has been- a bad joke!

as far as the spurs makin it here, it was a case of them building a garage around the car. the fan base was already established when they made the jump from the old aba to the nba in '76.

red may be a texan, but $ speaks a whole lot louder than state allegiance does to a wiley businessman [in this case, 'screams' may be a more accurate word].
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