Could the Raiders move to San Antonio?
07/30/2014 12:21 PM
07/30/2014 3:59 PM
Will the Chiefs one day play a divisional opponent in San Antonio?
The Oakland Raiders reportedly haven’t been happy with their stadium, O.co Coliseum, and owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials.
The Raiders are in the final year of their lease at O.co Coliseum, but Davis didn’t say whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Davis said he was in San Antonio with friend and former Raider Cliff Branch, who was being inducted into a local hall of fame.
“Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town,” Davis told the Mercury News. “I have nothing further to discuss on the topic.”
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Davis met with San Antonio city officials on the weekend of July 18, including Julián Castro, who was mayor at the time; city manager Sheryl Sculley; and members of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
On Tuesday, the Express-News reported, Sculley issued a memo to the City Council.
“I was asked to meet two weeks ago with the owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, and members of his staff. Mr. Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio and we are engaged in preliminary due diligence,” she wrote. “The agenda for this visit included a tour of the Alamodome and meetings with local business leaders.”
Sculley wrote that those discussions were preliminary and confidential and that she would update the council as things progressed, according to the Express-News.
It’s entirely possible that the Raiders are using San Antonio for leverage for a new stadium, of course.
Davis has said that his preference is to build a new stadium on the current Coliseum site, which has been further complicated by the recent 10-year lease agreement by the Athletics to remain in Oakland. But the A’s agreement includes a provision to allow the Raiders to knock down the Coliseum for a new football stadium.
Any move now would require approval from 24 of the 32 NFL owners.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters at the team’s training camp in Oxnard, California, that he “didn’t make much” of the meeting. Dallas is about a 275-mile drive from San Antonio.
“What I will say,” Jones said, “is San Antonio is very important to the Dallas Cowboys.”
For the record, San Antonio is 812 miles from Kansas City and Oakland is 1,799 miles from KC.