Although Raiders owner Mark Davis has now admitted to meeting with San Antonio officials about a possible move, it appears the July 18 weekend tour of the Alamo City was just a way to bolster the team's presence in Oakland.
In other words, the Raiders are likely not moving to San Antonio, at least now that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has tightened the screws to keep both Billy Beane's A's and the Silver and Black right where they are.
Quan has already been involved in inking the deal that will keep the A's in town for another decade. The team has even agreed to knock down O. co Coliseum and build a new facility--if the Raiders want to stay.
It's old news that that offer has been on the table for awhile. Talks about new ballparks have buzzed for months in Oakland and only stalled in June when it came to the Raiders when Davis didn't like the progress. Now, after a San Antonio staffer blew the lid on the owner's meeting there, talks have suddenly resumed.
As of Wednesday night, July 30, insiders say Davis has all but scrapped his trip to Texas and has championed Quan to help improve his team's footprint in the city the Raiders started in, bail on and returned to in its 54-year history.
“Oakland is working to help build new ballparks for both the Raiders and the A’s, and we’re seeing progress on both fronts,” Quan said in an NBC Sports report. “We are making continued progress at the table with the Raider and the world’s third-largest real estate firm talking about Coliseum City. The 10-year lease extension for the A’s includes a commitment from the teams’ owners to sit down to talk building a new Oakland ballpark.”
It also seemed odd that as of Wednesday, NFL officials had not heard of a plan to relocated the Raiders, even though San Antonio seemed like it was wooing as hard as it could. And why wouldn't it? An NFL presence of one of the most notorious franchises in history would likely only complement a now-winning NBA tradition. Throw in a three-team presence within a few hundred miles and Texas could be the league mecca, not seen since California boasted four clubs (both the Raiders and Rams left Los Angeles after the 1994 season).
San Antonio questionable at best...
In picking a apart what Davis could gain by moving to Texas, the numbers don't seem to favor San Antonio. Even Mark Ozanian, of Forbes, says the move would be ultimately a poor one down the road.
As it stands, it's Beane and Co., who's reaping most of the benefits, taking a cut from Raiders' concessions through its control of the Coliseum. That, to some, may be enough for the Davis to seek greener pastures. But, as Ozanian points out, the Alamodome is also an aging facility that would surely need an overhaul sooner than later. And, with Oakland in the nation's No. 4 media market, things could improve there faster than a brand could be built in the 36th. Such figures beg the question whether San Antonio could realistically support an NFL team at all.
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