While Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has refused to comment further about reports that he wants to move the team to San Antonio, Alamo City officials say that's exactly what Davis wants to do, according to reports Wednesday, July 30.
After the San Antonio Express-News reported on the meeting Davis had in San Antonio the weekend of July 18, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley claimed the owner was there to talk about a new home for the team.
“I was asked to meet two weeks ago with the owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, and members of his staff," Scully said in a memo to aldermen published by the MySA.com, the Express-News' online edition. "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.”
Also at the meeting were Mario Hernandez of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Richard Perez and David McGee, the president and chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and former Mayor Julian Castro.
Insiders say the group discussed a possible plan for the Alamodome to be ready to host NFL games by the 2015-16 season. League officials, however, say they know nothing about such a plan. Tuesday, July 29, Mark Sessler, a league writer for NFL.com, reported that league spokesman Greg Aiello told the Express-News that because no applications to relocate the Raiders have been received, he had "nothing to respond to."
League reps also told Examiner.com Wednesday morning that if there is a plan for the Raiders to leave Oakland in the works, it hasn't reached their New York offices yet.
The Raiders are in the final season of their lease. A new deal for the team to stay and possibly build a new field is also in early talks. According to the 10-year agreement the Oakland Athletics have to remain in the city, the Raiders would be permitted to tear down the Coliseum and build a new stadium in its place.
While Davis was not available for comment, according to published reports, he claims he was only in San Antonio for former Raider Cliff Branch's Interscholastic League Hall of Fame induction speech. That was before Scully's memo was released to the media.
An attempt to reach out to Davis Wednesday was met with the following email message: "Please direct all inquiries about the relocation of NFL teams to league officials."