Raiders to Santa Clara? L.A?

January 11, 2012, 2:15 am
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ALAMEDA -- The last time the late Al Davis held a media conference, he said his son Mark was running point on the Raiders' stadium search.A year later, and after the passing of his father on Oct. 8, Mark Davis addressed the topic during and after the media conference announcing Reggie McKenzie as the Raiders' new general manager.Asked if there was a chance he could sell the team, Davis laughed."Are you making me an offer?" Davis cracked. "No, there's no intention to sell this team. This is my life. It's been my life for, well, I've been with the Raiders for 48 years. And my whole thing is to continue the legacy that my father built here and I've got one of the largest extended families in the world. And that's what all these former players and everybody else that's been in this organizationthey mean a lot to me. And this organization represents them as well as they represent us and that's where it's going to stay."Relieved, Raiders fans? Well what about the stadium issue?"I've been working on other stadium situations for about a year and a half," Davis said. "We're trying to get something done up here, but if we can't, we've got to get something done somewhere because we need to be able to compete. And that's where it's at."Santa Clara, with the 49ers?"Santa Clara's a potential possibility," Davis said.Later, after the cameras went off, Davis entertained more questions. Like, how recently he had spoken with the 49ers about Santa Clara.He said CEO Amy Trask had been dealing with Northern California sites."And I've been looking at certain places up here in Northern California," Davis said, "but I've also been talking to people in Southern California, that have talked to me."We're trying to get something done here."Asked how important it was to him to stay in Northern California, Davis did not hesitate."It's important to get a new stadium," he said. "That's really important. I mean, it's such a competitive business. It really is competitive. We can't compete for a lot of the players that other teams can, at times."Of course, the silver and black elephant in the room is Los Angeles, where the Raiders played from 1982 through 1994.Is it a possibility?"Yeah, Los Angeles is a possibility," Davis said. "Wherever's a possibility. We need a stadium."The timetable is yesterday. So that's where it is. We've got to get a stadium. We've got to get that done."Then is there an offer to go to L.A.?"There's offers on the table, but I wouldn't talk about them," Davis said. "If there was an offer that we liked, we would've taken it. Let me put it that way. And there's not."