OAKLAND - Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday that she's not concerned about reports that Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis recently met with San Antonio officials to discuss the possibility of moving the football team there.
Speaking to reporters after she announced that she's filed papers to seek re-election in the November election, Quan said, "Professional sports teams always have secondary plans" when they look ahead to the future.
Quan also said the Bay Area is a much bigger television market than San Antonio is so it might not be financially attractive for the Raiders to move there.
In a statement released by the Raiders, Davis confirmed that he recently met with San Antonio officials.
Davis said he was in San Antonio to attend a ceremony at which former Raiders star Cliff Branch was honored. He said former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend and suggested that he meet with current city officials while he was in town.
The Raiders are in the final year of their lease at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland.
City of Oakland officials have an exclusive negotiating agreement with a group of investors who want to build a new football-only stadium at the Coliseum site for the Raiders and also build a commercial development there.
The group's exclusive negotiating period expires in October and Quan said today that she hopes that a deal will be announced this fall.
She said she can't comment on the details of the talks to build a new football stadium and a development at the Coliseum because "this is a private deal."
The Coliseum is the only stadium left in the U.S. that hosts both a pro baseball team, the Oakland A's, and a pro football team, the Raiders.
Newer stadiums are designed to be used exclusively for one of the sports but not both sports.
Oakland officials, including Quan, have said they hope that new stadiums can be built in Oakland for both the A's and the Raiders.
The Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors have both approved an agreement to extend the lease for the A's at the Coliseum through the 2024 season.
However, the agreement includes an escape clause that allows the A's to leave the Coliseum after the 2018 season.
The pact also allows the city of Oakland to force the A's out of the Coliseum if a deal to develop the site and build a new football-only stadium there for the Oakland Raiders materializes.
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