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Raiders CEO: Team not for sale, will remain with Davis family

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The Oakland Raiders have responded to an Orange County Register report listing them among five NFL teams that have talked with Anschutz Entertainment Group and its CEO Tim Leiweke about a possible sale and relocation to a new stadium in Los Angeles.

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"The team is not for sale. It will remain with the Davis family," Raiders CEO Amy Trask said in a statement Friday, according to the Bay Area News Group.

The Raiders -- along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers -- were mentioned by Leiweke as teams linked to a potential sale to billionaire Philip Anschutz.

Leiweke said Anschutz would like to acquire a majority stake in an NFL team and have them play at a proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles. Leiweke said AEG was willing to pay for a team to get out of its current lease.

The most recent discussions with a team took place a week ago, said Leiweke, who didn't specify which team those talks were with.

"St. Louis, Jacksonville, not extensively, certainly Oakland, San Diego, Minnesota are still in the mix," Leiweke told the Register. "We're not packing any (moving) vans right now."

The Raiders have been clear about their desire for a new stadium where the the Oakland Coliseum currently sits, but their lease with the building runs through 2013.

The Chargers also stated Friday that owner Alex Spanos is no longer looking to sell part of his stake in the NFL franchise, a team official said Friday.

The Spanos family terminated a deal with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in March to find a buyer for some or all of Spanos' 36 percent stake in the team, Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani said.

AEG's $1 billion plan for a 72,000-seat stadium on part of the city's convention center campus is one of two competing proposals that aim to bring pro football back to Los Angeles 15 years after the Rams and Raiders left the nation's second-largest market within months of one another.

Warehouse magnate Ed Roski has permits in place to build a 75,000-seat stadium about 15 miles east of Los Angeles, in the City of Industry, but has also not secured a team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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