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Spurs of Sant’Antonio owner Peter J. Holt responded on Tuesday to growing fears about his team’s move to Austin.
Holt decided to speak out and ease concerns for those in San Antonio after Spurs applied for permission last week to play four home games outside San Antonio.
“I want to reassure you that Spurs are in San Antonio to stay,” Holt wrote in a message posted on Twitter.
“The Spurs are as much a part of San Antonio as San Antonio is a part of the Spurs,” he wrote. “My family got involved with Spurs in the 1990s because there was a real threat that the team would be moved. We wouldn’t let that happen then, and we won’t let it happen now.”
“There is no other team in the NBA like Spurs and no other home like San Antonio. Your team, our team, together we are silver and black. Spurs fans – we are here to stay, Por Vida.” , the message continued, not mentioning Austin.
The Spurs currently play home games at the Bexar County owned AT&T Center. The team has a no-transfer agreement with the county that allows the Spurs to play only two home games outside San Antonio.
But on Tuesday, county commissioners gave initial approval to a one-year driver that would allow Spurs to play four games away from the AT&T Center for the 2022-23 season, with the aim of expanding their fan base in Austin and Mexico. Home away games could be played at Austin’s Moody Center, Mexico City, and the Alamodome.
The motion for more away home games was barely passed with a 3-2 vote, which prompted a warning from County Judge Nelson Wolff to Bobby Perez, the Spurs’ chief legal counsel.
“Not a good sign. Not a good sign. It shows you that there is a divided opinion in this community about the intention of the Spurs, that there is a lot of concern about what you are doing,” Wolff said, according to Texas Public Radio.
Spurs’ legal counsel said the move could help the franchise acquire a naming rights deal to replace the AT&T Center. They noted that the franchise would still be able to maintain income in away games due to the home team designation, the outlet reported.
But many are still worried that Austin, amid its growing popularity and influx of big clubs, might snatch their team away. San Antonio was canceled a few years ago when Major League Soccer decided to expand to Austin instead of Alamo City.
The provincial commissioners will meet again in a couple of weeks for the next vote on the issue.
The Associated Press contributed to this report