The Oakland Raiders lease at the Oakland Coliseum expires after this season, and the Raiders may be open to packing up their bags and finding a new home city.
The NFL world is abuzz right now with news that Raiders owner Mark Davis met with San Antonio officials recently and discussed the possibility of bringing the team to south Texas.
City manager Sheryl Sculley confirmed in a memo to San Antonio’s city council that she met with Davis and fellow Raiders executives.
“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,” the memo said. “The agenda for this visit included a tour of the Alamodome and meetings with local business leaders.”
Mysanantonio.com reports that if the Raiders were to relocate to San Antonio, there’s a good chance they’d play at the Alamodome. City official Henry Cisneros said the Alamodome has the “quality and size” to host an NFL team.
Cisneros said he also talked with Davis about “the market, the scale of the market, the relationship to Austin, the Mexico connection, which should obviously be something he should have in his mind.”
A league source told NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport yesterday that a possible Raiders move to Texas would hinge heavily on the thoughts of Jerry Jones and Bob McNair – owners of the two current Texas NFL teams.
Texans owner Bob McNair said this week that he wouldn’t oppose the move just because it would bring a third team to the state.
"We'll have to see what those options are as this plays out, but they do need a new stadium," McNair said. "If San Antonio ends up being the best option, I wouldn't oppose it just because it's San Antonio. The finance committee would have to approve a move, and I'm chairman of the finance committee."
Oakland mayor Jean Quan, meanwhile, remains confident that the city can convince the Raiders to stay.
"Oakland is making progress in negotiations with the Raiders discussing Coliseum City, an incredible development opportunity that has drawn the world's third-largest real estate firm to the table as investors, and would keep the team here at home in the nation's sixth largest media market,” Quan told NFL Media.
Aside from San Antonio, a return to Los Angeles has long been mentioned as a possibility for the Raiders.