OAKLAND -- The City of San Antonio is sending representatives to the East Bay for a meeting with the Raiders on Friday to further pitch a possible relocation to east Texas.
The San Antonio Express News reported on Thursday afternoon that a group led by former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is headed west to pitch the benefits of moving the team to their city.
A Raiders spokesman did not respond to CSN Bay Area’s request for confirmation of this meeting.
This comes a few months after owner Mark Davis went to San Antonio to discuss the prospects of moving out of Oakland if a new stadium can’t get built.
The San Antonio Express News reports that Raiders officials toured the Alamodome and deemed NFL-ready and usable while a new stadium is built.
“We’re going to present San Antonio’s strengths and assets in the most persuasive way possible,” Cisneros told the newspaper. “We have a very, very good opportunity to set it forth in a way the Raiders can digest.”
Cisneros' team will reportedly present the early results of a survey gauging interest in a possible Raiders move.
The chance that Texas lands the Raiders, according to Cisneros, is a “very clear 50-50 proposition.”
The Raiders are free to move without penalty after their lease with O.co Coliseum expires at season’s end. Davis repeatedly stated his preference to remain in Oakland if a new stadium can get built.
That’s proven difficult, with little progress to show for efforts to build the Raiders a new home.