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City, county officials don’t blame Raiders owner Mark Davis for exploring options with large funding gap for stadium project

Filed for print/web, this version contains reaction from Oakland officials regarding Raiders visit to San Antonio. Staff writer Matthew Artz got reaction from city, county officials.

Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed a published report of a visit with San Antonio officials, but the extent of his interest in relocating his franchise to Texas is not known.

Davis, reached by phone, said he was in San Antonio with close friend and former Raider Cliff Branch, who was being inducted into a local Hall of Fame.

“Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town,’’ Davis said. “I have nothing further to discuss on the topic.’’

According to a report in the San Antonio Express News, Davis met with Cisneros, then-mayor Julian Castro, city manager Sheryl Sculley and the president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

Following the initial report, Sculley issued the following memo to the city council, according to the Express-News:

“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 agenda for this visit included a tour of the Alamodome and meetings with local business leaders.’’

The Alamodome could serve as a temporary home until a new stadium is built.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters at the team’s training camp in Oxnard he “didn’t make much’’ of the report. Dallas is 274 miles from San Antonio. The Cowboys have trained in San Antonio and consider it their market.

“What I will say is San Antonio is very important to the Dallas Cowboys,’’ Jones said.

A move would require approval from 24 of the 32 NFL owners. League spokesman Greg Aiello told the Express News “We have received no applications from any of our teams to relocate at this point, so there is nothing to respond to.’’

The Raiders are in the final year of their lease in Oakland. Davis’ often-stated preference is to build a new stadium on the current site, a wish complicated by a recent 10-year lease agreement by the A’s to remain in Oakland.

While the A’s lease includes a provision for allowing the Raiders to knock down O.co Coliseum to make way for a new football stadium, there remains an estimated $600 million funding gap, according to Oakland officials.

Moreover, city and team officials haven’t even agreed on what type of stadium should be built. The Raiders have said they prefer a smaller, less expansive open-air stadium, while the city is studying the feasibility of a more expensive dome stadium that could attract additional events.

A city-driven effort to find private investors to pump money into a football stadium and adjacent entertainment center so far as been a failure. With both Oakland and Alameda County unwilling to issue stadium bonds _ both agencies are still on the hook for about $140 million for the stadium renovations that brought the Raideres back from Los Angeles – politicians on Tuesday didn’t fault Davis for exploring a move.

“We want the Raiders to stay, but not at any cost,’’ Councilman Larry Reid said. “If the city of San Antonio is willing to float $600 million worth of bonds, then certainly that is an option for the Raiders to consider.

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, who also heads the board that oversees the Coliseum complex, said he would talk to team management next month to gauge their interest in a lease extension and discuss stadium options.

“(Mark Davis) has made it clear his preference is to stay in Oakland, but his preference may not cut it if we can’t get the financing,’’ Miley said. “If he can get it somewhere else that is a business decision, and I respect that.’’

Staff writer Matthew Artz contributed to this report.

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Unlike Huebris, who had a manipedi and a peel.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Signed, not me for most of that. Sorry.

  • Back-N-Black

    uhmmm, you have no clue what you are talking about concerning San Antonio. F’N stupid.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Well said and it captures how every true Raider fan feels. Svcks that money will have the last say, but it’s just the way it is. If we were winning the last few years, it’d be a different story.

  • Raider O

    I understand your position and frustration, but the Raiders have REAL fans everywhere, and not just in Oakland. We spend our hard earned money on merchandise and other things that generate revenue for the ream. Going to a bad stadium in Oakland in doesn’t make you a real fan, and some of us real fans don’t see the value of spending our hard earned money on airfare, hotels, and game tickets to set in that dump/ stadium.

  • Back-N-Black

    this is straight up racist shat!

  • R8erEduc8er

    Michelle is the sexiest first lady this country’s ever had. The end.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Bullsht. I’m a truer Raider fan than you. How old ru? Like 30? If Oakland won’t support the Raiders, then fck Oakland. We r the poorest team in football. That’s not all oaklands fault, but they sure as fck aren’t helping.

    Oakland wants to help w a stadium? Great. Make it happen. Otherwise, Oakland can fck off.

  • r8ter4evr

    F the Bucs ship
    Sac could have a REAL pirate ship on the shore of the great Sacramento River right next to a epic new waterfront stadium

  • R8erEduc8er

    GTFOH with your tough talk homie. Ultimately, it’s all about the stadium. I get that. But the Raiders in San Antonio or Portland is not the Raiders. It’ll be something else. Wish for it now, but don’t b*tch about it later.

  • _Mista_

    Have a close look at his hands. Then comeback and repeat what you just said…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvuulZPbfBg

  • r8ter4evr

    You dont understand
    He doesn’t like REAL women

  • RediaR

    It’s a global brand.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    nice read and so accurate!

  • 0ak R8rs

    LA Raiders won plenty. Those were still Raider wins. Always will be. True fans want what’s best for the team. They don’t wanna paralyze it for their own selfish reasons.

    And if you don’t want “tough talk” don’t claim sht about what “true Raider fans” want. Speak for your FCKING self.

  • Raider O

    The Raiders are not the Raiders we knew. AL is dead bro. Keep up. We have a GM who is not the owner, and the owner is not as active.

  • Raider O

    Exactly.

  • RediaR

    I don’t know. Angelica Van Buren had it goin on.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I didn’t know about the dome interest, but here’s my first thought. For years, whether Oakland was high crime or not too bad, whether it was the ’50s or the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s or now, convention planners want to go to SF, not Oakland. If your organization or employer were planning to go to Nevada and you looked forward to the tables and shows, what do you want for a once in ten year visit, Reno or Las Vegas? Most would want Vegas. Same thing.

  • Blackholepriest

    Angels lose, huge day for A’s pull victory from the Jaws of defeat get another game up on LAA.

  • Raider O

    Well said.
    I miss AL.

  • RediaR

    You’re probably not even from Scotland!

  • Blackholepriest

    It’s time to treat the Raiders right when they’re here. Oakland just needs to get this done…….period

  • RediaR

    Well Reno is the unkempt bu++hole of the west.

  • rifflicks

    the “Black Hole” and the “Raider Nation” will follow the Raiders wherever they end up.
    I have watched the Raiders play in 27 different cities….but you’re the true fan.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Even Priest gets it. And he’s as vested as anyone to see this team stay in Oakland.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Like I said, wherever we get the stadium will be where we reside. But it won’t be the same. It can move to LA, but not anywhere else. WTF is the Packers or Steelers in S.A.? What happened to the Oilers? Browns?

    Alright, I can’t speak for all the “true fans”. But I’m sure I’m speaking for the rational ones.

  • r8ter4evr

    Nothing wrong with moving to Sac
    Land is plentiful and cheap
    More money can go into the stadium than the property and we could build the most unique stadium EVR

  • Morilla_00

    No they won’t.

  • r8ter4evr

    With you on this priest
    Go Schaub

  • rifflicks

    no …you speak for the stupid, irrational, self centered ones.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Nice, so now anyone that doesn’t agree w you is not only not a true fan, but they aren’t rational either? Well played. Gdog?

  • rifflicks

    you’re full of Crap…..there were caravans of fans going to LA from Oakland every week.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    As long as they stay in the Bay Area I will be happy…..but it’s not looking good

  • r8ter4evr

    Agree
    But these nimrod officials like to F@CK up a SH /T sandwich

  • rifflicks

    land is not cheaper than in Oakland that is already paid for

  • R8erEduc8er

    How am I self centered. I live in NC. I could give a schyt about Oakland the city. But I know the reason I’m a Raider fan is because of Oakland and LA. Portland? S.A.? That’s something else. I want a new stadium and hope we go where we can get one, because the team is at a disadvantage without one. BUT I KNOW it’s not going to be the same.

  • pistolpete9

    I thought Al Davis beat the NFL in court before he moved to L.A.?

  • RaiderCDE

    Big time win.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Yeah and run trains from San Jose Oakland and SF to the stadium. I would go.

  • 0ak R8rs

    And the Browns became 2 time Super Bowl champions. And we won’t change our name or colors.

  • r8ter4evr

    Ask the county of Alameda about that

  • Blackholepriest

    This team has big time heart. It’s how you win championships.

    Great leadership, great teamwork.

  • r8ter4evr

    If and that’s a big if
    I was a owner I would rather buy and have my own site than deal with BS
    city and county officials

  • R8erEduc8er

    You must lack comprehension skills. I clearly took back the “speak for all true fans”.

  • marks hair

    Should stay in ca. LA or Sac would be fine if anyone in the state still has any foresight for business… Mark clearly doesn’t

  • 0ak R8rs

    I know. But it sounded better the way I said it. ;)

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Gdog? No way! He didn’t call those that didn’t agree morons.

  • r8ter4evr

    Exactly or a high speed rail system could be built
    The possibilities are endless and it’s a hour from most of the Bay Area

  • rifflicks

    you’re self centered because you feel you are entitled, and have the authority to speak for all Raider fans in a “Stupid’ rah rah irrational, irrelevant little letter that does nothing to address the real issues of keeping the team in Oakland