Whether it’s San Antonio or somewhere else, the Raiders seem to be serious about moving the franchise to a place other than Oakland.
Via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, owner Mark Davis “is stepping up his efforts” to find a new stadium in a new city, as talks to keep the team in its current town languish.
Tafur also reports that Davis apparently has the NFL’s support. Of course, the destination ultimately selected by Davis will determine whether 23 other owners approve a move.
Davis and the Raiders have a one-year lease at O.Co Coliseum. Per Tafur, Davis hasn’t requested an extension, and he doesn’t plan to do so.
Despite opposition from the Spurs and expected resistance from the Cowboys and Texans, San Antonio remains a viable option.
“It was a serious conversation,” Davis told Tafur regarding last month’s meetings in Texas. “I don’t waste my time just having meetings. But we continue to try to get something done in Oakland.”
Tafur raises an intriguing possibility regarding a potential return by the Raiders to Los Angeles. With influential Cowboys owner Jerry Jones surely hoping to keep the Raiders out of San Antonio, Jones could be helping Davis get the appropriate blessings to take the team back to Los Angeles.