San Antonio has been trying to get an NFL franchise of their very own for quite some time now, but rumors had died down a bit over the years. Now, talks have heated up once again as Bleacher Report stated on July 29, 2014. Apparently, owner Mark Davis is in talks with representatives from San Antonio and has discussed moving the Raiders out to Texas.
Back on July 18, 2014, Davis met with a number of officials from the city, and that included David McGee, president and chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
It’s believed that this Davis is using this as a threat more than anything else. He has been trying to get a new deal and a brand new stadium for the Oakland Raiders so why not threaten to take them away?
Only, this seems like a lot more than just threats with no backing. Davis met with six different people earlier in July, and they were all big-timers in San Antonio. It wouldn’t bode well for him to meet with these big-time representatives if it was all just a ploy.
My San Antonio says that City Manager Sheryl Sculley, one of those that Davis met with, 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.”
While it’s true that any talks are early and preliminary, they did still happen. Let’s not forget that the Raiders current deal in Oakland expires after the upcoming season. If a new lease isn’t agreed upon by the end of the 2014-15 season, these talks could appear to be a lot more important.
The New Orleans Saints were rumored to be moving to San Antonio after they played a number of games there due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Obviously, that didn’t end up happening either, but there’s no telling what the future could hold for other teams.
The Alamodome could receive some upgrades and very well be ready for the Raiders, or any NFL team, to play there for the 2015-16 season. Anything is possible, but there’s still time to see what could happen.
Mark Davis has been very much opposed to the idea of the Oakland Raiders sharing the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium. No matter what, Davis wants a new stadium and he will get it for the Raiders whether it is in Oakland or somewhere else.