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NFL vote means Raiders could be playing in Texas as soon as next season

Oakland Raiders fans
Oakland Raiders fans

The NFL owners voted on Tuesday night to

approve the move of the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles, ending a 21-year drought for the NFL in the second-largest television market.

Still up in the air is the future of the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers' future seems a little more clear-cut. The Chargers have two months to decide whether they want to move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season and one year to decide whether they will move there at all.

The bigger mystery is where the Raiders will play next season, and the possibilities are seemingly endless but may point to a choice between staying in Oakland or moving to San Antonio.

The Raiders' lease at the Coliseum in Oakland has expired, which means the team is free to move anywhere.

When Raiders owner Mark Davis addressed the media, it was clear that he was not happy with the outcome of Tuesday's meetings, saying, "This is not a win for the Raiders today."

The NFL has proposed $100 million to help finance a stadium for the Raiders in Oakland. But as of today, there is no stadium proposal.

And when speaking about the future of the Raiders, Davis made it clear that anything was possible.

"We'll see where the Raider Nation ends up here," Davis said. "We're looking for a home. I don't know where we'll be. My lease at the Coliseum is expired ... America, the world, is possibility."

One possibility outside California is San Antonio.

In 2014, the Raiders met with San Antonio officials about a potential move. While many shrugged that off at the time, there is now a feeling that such a move is possible. According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, the Raiders have already secured land in the Austin/San Antonio area for a potential stadium. With the Alamodome already in place, this strongly suggests that the Raiders could be playing in Texas as soon as next season.

Cole presents the land in Texas as "leverage" against the city of Oakland. But if a new stadium can't be built in the Bay Area, then Texas seems likely to be the next destination for Raider Nation.

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