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The Oakland Raiders are looking to move and the Alamo City is on their list.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Davis, son of Al and current owner of the Oakland Raiders was in San Antonio recently to look things over and see about possibly moving the NFL team to Texas.

Davis met with city big wigs including Mayor Julian Castro, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and Henry Cisneros. The Raiders lease in Oakland is up after the 2015 season, and San Antonio has a stadium (the Alamodome) with only USTA and the Alamo Bowl as football tenants.

Davis reportedly told San Antonio officials that he would expect a new stadium built by the city in a few years, but that he wanted something "more intimate" than Jerry World up in Arlington.

There are of course stumbling blocks all around to making such a deal. To begin with, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans would not be pleased with a third NFL team in the state, especially one that would take over the lucrative Austin-San Antonio corridor. The Raiders would need 24 of the 32 current franchises to vote for the move, and considering that San Antonio is the 37th TV market in the nation, and Los Angeles still doesn't have an NFL franchise, winning that vote seems unlikely.

Perhaps the biggest stumbling block of all would be that Mark Davis wants a statue of his father,  Al in front of any new stadium.