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Chamber CEO: SA needs to make move on Raiders

Richard Perez: 'I think we need to strike'

SAN ANTONIO – The President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce said Thursday now is the time for San Antonio to go after the Oakland Raiders.

"San Antonio Raiders. Well, we believe that there's a very good opportunity to attract the Raiders to San Antonio," Chamber CEO Richard Perez said.

Perez said a plan that Raider's team owner Mark Davis favored to move to Los Angeles fell through at the recent NFL owners meeting.

"We believe that this owner's meeting that just concluded in Houston, where they've now learned very clearly that they're not going to be able to go to LA," Perez said.

Perez, a former San Antonio city councilman, said now is the time for the Alamo City to make a move on the Raiders.

"The chance is there and I think we need to strike," he said.

Perez, a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, also said a critical play for San Antonio to score an NFL franchise is simple -- build the Raiders a new stadium.

"We deserve a big, nice new stadium commensurate with the citizens of this great community," Perez said.


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