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ALAMEDA – Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed that he met with officials from the City of San Antonio on Friday in the Bay Area. It was a pitch meeting of sorts, as the Alamo City tries to lure the Raiders to relocate.
“The meeting went great,” Davis said on Friday evening. “They let us know what assets San Antonio has to offer.”
The San Antonio Express-News reported on Thursday that preliminary results of a survey – partially funded by the Raiders – assessing regional interest for a possible Raiders move would be discussed.
Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is part of the delegation that met with Davis. He told the News Express that the Raiders moving to Texas is “very clear 50-50 proposition."
The validity of that statement remains uncertain, but the San Antonio flirtation has been going on a little while. Davis met with city officials in San Antonio a few months ago.
Oakland mayor elect Libby Schaaf said she reached out to the Raiders on Friday, shortly before the San Antonio representatives made their pitch.
In an interview with KQED in the Bay Area, Schaaf said a Raiders executive reassured her that staying in Oakland is the NFL team’s top priority.
Davis reiterated that fact on Friday evening.
“My first goal is to keep the Raiders in Oakland,” Davis said. “That’s always been the case. I look forward to working with (the new mayor).”
Schaaf told KQED that she’d like to keep both the Raiders and Athletics in Oakland, but draws a line when it comes to public subsidy for a new stadium.
“I was born and raised in this city,” Schaaf said. “My parents had season tickets to both (the A’s an Raiders). …Keeping our sports teams is something to keep that great Oakland spirit alive and it is a priority for me. But let me be very clear. I do not believe in spending public dollars in building sports stadiums. That is a line in the sand for me.”
The Raiders' lease with O.co Coliseum expires at season’s end.