Goodbye California ... hello Texas?
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has been in conversations with San Antonio officials on possibly relocating the football team from the Bay Area to the Alamo City, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Wednesday.
Davis and his associates spent two or three days in the city, visiting the Alamodome and other places, sources familiar with the talks told the Express-News. If the Raiders were to relocate, the team could get a new stadium within a few years, the publication added.
City Manager Sheryl Sculley confirmed to the Express-News that meetings had taken place between team and city officials. "Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his National Football League team to San Antonio and we are engaged in preliminary due diligence," she told the newspaper, adding that discussions were still in the preliminary stages.
The Express-News said that although San Antonio is frequently used as a way for professional sports franchises to leverage better deals with their respective cities, sources tell the paper that Davis' interest is more serious. The owner is said to be upset with negotiations over Oakland's lease, which expires after the 2014-15 season.
In a series of posts on the Raiders' Twitter feed, Davis confirmed he was in the city to meet with personal friends and San Antonio officials, but declined to comment further.
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Though dramatic, the cross-country move would not be the NFL's first. Two noteworthy relocations include the controversial 1984 move that sent the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis, and the 1995 shift by the Los Angeles Rams to St. Louis. It would also mean Texas would house three NFL franchises, alongside the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.
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—By CNBC.com staff