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Spurs owner insists team not looking at move to Austin

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Apr 13, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacts to a play against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of a play-in playoff game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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San Antonio Spurs owner Peter J. Holt insists his team isn’t leaving the Alamo City despite a plan to play two games in Austin next season.

The games in Austin would be played at the brand new Moody Center and some viewed the Spurs’ plans as perhaps a test run. Bexar County officials raised concerns when the Spurs asked to play four games away from AT&T Center next season.

In addition to the two in Austin, San Antonio plans to play one game in Mexico and another in the Alamodome — the team’s former home from 1993-2002.

Holt expressed in his letter that moving the franchise 80 miles away to Austin is not an option.

“I want to reassure you that the Spurs are in San Antonio to stay,” Holt said in the letter posted on Twitter.

“My family became involved in the Spurs in the 90s because there was a real threat the team would be moved. We would not let that happen then and we will not let that happen now. There are no Spurs without the city and the people of San Antonio.”

Holt, who was raised in San Antonio, didn’t mention Austin in his letter.

“Your team, our team, together we are the silver and black,” Holt wrote. “Spurs fans — we are here to stay.”

The Spurs are San Antonio’s only major professional sports franchise.

The Moody Center will be home to the University of Texas basketball program as the city of Austin attempts to expand its sports branding. The city has a second-year MLS franchise after that league opted to place an expansion team in Austin and not San Antonio.

In addition, the WTA recently announced a tour stop in Austin, beginning in 2023.

The Spurs also have a G League affiliate in the city — the Austin Spurs.

–Field Level Media