Texas billionaire eyes piece of Raiders

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

San Antonio, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Texas billionaire Red McCombs is willing to buy a piece of the Oakland Raiders if the team picks San Antonio as its relocation site.

However, McCombs said he’s not sure whether Raiders owner Mark Davis would seek out local investors if he was to relocate the team.

“But I told him if he wanted some, they wouldn’t be hard to get,” he told the San Antonio Express News.

Davis and two high-ranking Raiders front-office personnel met with several city officials in July about the potential of moving his team from Oakland to San Antonio. McCombs and Spurs owner Peter Holt also were at the meeting.

McCombs, who owned the Minnesota Vikings from 1998 until 2004, said Davis’ visit couldn’t “have gone better.”

The Raiders need a new stadium — the current lease at O.co Coliseum will expire after this upcoming season — and had previously, in a roundabout way, been linked to San Antonio, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, as well as nearby Concord and Dublin in the East Bay.

In his statement last month, Davis specifically mentioned former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, citing him as a friend who suggested he meet with city officials. McCombs said Wednesday that Cisneros could be the key if the Raiders relocate to South Texas.

“Mr. Davis was impressed by Henry — pure and simple,” McCombs said. “I don’t know whether it’s a long way from a deal or whatever, but at least there was an opening there and we have a leader to take charge.”

McCombs acknowledged the odds might be against San Antonio to land the Raiders, but he thinks the city has solidified itself as a contender if Davis decides to relocate the team.

“For a guy to pick up and move from a place he’s been as long as he’s been there, that takes a lot,” McCombs said. “It may not happen. But you got to be in the game, you’ve got to give yourself a chance, and that’s what Henry’s doing.”

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