Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Intrigue Grows over Raiders-San Antonio Talk

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Intrigue Grows over Raiders-San Antonio Talk

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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 by the Oakland Tribune, 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 that he "didn't make much" of the report. Dallas is a 274-mile drive 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.

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 baseball's Athletics to remain in Oakland.

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