San Antonio Mayor Thinks The NFL Will Expand To His City Within 10 Years

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Things have been quiet for awhile about the NFL expanding, but Friday the mayor of San Antonio made some news stating he feels a third team will eventually come to Texas.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is confident that San Antonio will get an NFL team between now and 2030, but that more than it’ll more likely happen in the next decade.

“I said I think last year or the year before, I think San Antonio is an NFL city within 10 years, I still stand by that,” Nirenberg told KSAT.

“And that is because of the evolution that’s happening within the National Football League, the fact that it too is becoming an international league, particularly with its sights on Latin America, and we know the role San Antonio plays in that. We are the seventh-largest city in the United States and we knock events out of the park.”

Nirenberg does have a point. It’s hard to think that there’s already 32 teams in the NFL and yet the 7th largest city in the U.S. doesn’t have one.

Right now, the only pro sports team in San Antonio are the Spurs, who have had solid success winning five NBA titles going back to 1998.

The NFL hasn’t expanded since 2002, when the Houston Texans began.

One obstacle in expanding is that bringing in just one team leaves the NFL at 33 teams, and an odd number of teams makes scheduling difficult.

If the money is there though, there’s no doubt that the league would consider it.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Being a resident of SA this moron should worry about crime homelessness and small businesses closed due to his idiot lockdowns. Surprised he had the time for this interview given all the the time he takes telling us how we are all going to die if we leave our houses.

  2. I think the nfl thinks about expansion in terms of new television markets. In Texas you’ve already got saturation with the Cowboys and Texans. San Antonio is a huge Cowboy base, isn’t a huge market(ranked 31st), so adding a team to that market area won’t add many new fans. Portland(22nd largest market) is a larger market, and has less competition to fight with. You could call them the Portland CHAZ.

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