Earlier this week, a report surfaced that the Oakland Raiders were considering relocating to San Antonio. While Raiders owner Mark Davis did not touch on the reports in detail, the president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Richard Perez, confirmed on Sirius XM radio that there have been talks between the Raiders and the city.
San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the country and growing, and Perez said that is part of what makes it such an attractive place to the Raiders. And while the city has missed out on franchise moves before, Perez said he doesn't feel that they are being used as leverage in this instance.
"Mark Davis is indeed giving us a serious look, and we're going to see where this takes us," he said.
"I will tell you that I felt very, very comfortable and confident that his word was true, and he said, 'I'm not telling you that I'm coming today, but I will tell you that I'm looking, and you all are definitely someone that we're looking very closely at. But we need to explore, and that's what we're doing now.' And that was good enough for me.
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"The carrot has been dangled in front of us before. We've jumped and we haven't been successful, but if you don't take a chance, you never will succeed ... I'm not too concerned about the chance it all will end in nothing, because you have to give it a shot, and I think we're prepared to do that, and we're doing that."
San Antonio's location — not just its population — is also a selling point for Perez. Not only is Austin located nearby, but so is Mexico, which could please the NFL in its desire to expand internationally and bring in a bigger foreign fan base.
"We are 150 miles from the Texas-Mexico border," Perez said. "We believe ... San Antonio can be a gateway to Mexico for the NFL."
Of course, location could also pose a problem for the move. Having the Raiders in Texas would cause competition for the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans, and those two franchises could gain some allies in an effort to end the plan, which would need approval from 24 of the league's 32 owners to pass. Particularly, the Cowboys have held practice in San Antonio and could lose some fans there. Perez said he isn't worried about the organization's response.
"I think that ultimately we can work something out with (Jerry Jones)," he said.
You can listen to the full interview below: