Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he met with officials in San Antonio, according to WTOP.
Davis said he was meeting with former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros, whom he called a “friend” but declined to comment on whether or not he was discussing moving the team to San Antonio (hint: he was).
Portions of a memo circulated by City Manager Sheryl Scully to the city council were published by the San Antonio Express-News Tuesday and confirm as much.
“I was asked to meet two weeks ago with the owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, and members of his staff,” she stated in the memo. “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 agenda for this visit included a tour of the Alamodome and meetings with local business leaders.”
The move makes sense. Al Davis moved the team twice during his stint as owner: once to Los Angeles after a lawsuit and then back to Oakland when he got bored or something. He then filed another lawsuit against the NFL when it blocked his attempt to move the team to Inglewood in Los Angeles claiming he had exclusive rights to the city even though the team was back in Oakland (it’s as convoluted as it sounds). Davis lost the suit in 2007.
Plus, who wants to be in Oakland? Even people from Oakland don’t want to be in Oakland except for E-40 and Too Short. It’s vexed scientists for years why anyone actually lives in Oakland.
And the Coliseum isn’t much better. It’s old and worn out and it hosts the Raiders. But the fans are some of the greatest in the game. They’re rowdy and stand by their team no matter how terrible a season it might happen to be.
As proof, here’s this.