The Oakland Raiders want a new stadium, this is not news to anyone. But despite the passing of Al Davis, his spirit reigns on in his son Mark, the current Raiders owner.
According to a report from MySanAntonio.com, Davis has been talking to officials in the Texas city and met with them earlier this month to discuss the possibility of moving to the Alamo in the event that his wish is not granted in Oakland.
From MySA.com's report:
"Late Tuesday, after the Express-News published a version of this story on its websites, 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."
Davis has repeatedly let it be known that he wants to keep the team in Oakland, but that his team need a new stadium. Davis had reportedly hoped that he could tear down O.co Coliseum and build a 50,000 seat stadium at the same site.
However, those hopes were likely dashed in early July, when the the city of Oakland and MLB's Athletics came to an agreement on a 10-year lease. Davis had felt that if the A's got a long lease, it would be impossible for his team to get a new stadium.
The A's and the city of Oakland finalizing a new lease deal on July 23. Davis' visit to San Antonio was believed to have taken place on July 18. On that same day, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was in California where he suggested the Raiders could play at Levi's Stadium, the new home of the 49ers.
Sharing with the Niners is a complete no go as far as Davis is concerned, so don't expect that to come through anytime soon.
Would Davis prefer a move to LA, San Antonio or perhaps even Portland? We could find out sooner than later.
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