Councilman Tom Martin is a firm believer this is a city issue. But it failed because no one supported his resolution. Martin says he was very surprised. "The council by its inaction has said they don't care if the game is moved."
But that's not what we got when we asked the others.
"Personally, I would love to see the games stay in Lubbock," said Councilman Jim Gilbreath. "As an alumni, I like going to the games," said Councilwoman Phyllis Jones. "As a citizen, I don't want to see the games leave Lubbock," said Councilwoman Linda DeLeon.
Floyd Price says he doesn't want to see the game go to Dallas either. But none of them said that publicly when Councilman Martin called for public support.
"I think the city should not interfere," said DeLeon.
Because they think it's not the city's business. "It’s a city issue. We work every day as members of the council to promote economic development, the creation of jobs, and business opportunities. We have hundreds of small businesses that rely on things like a big Texas Tech and Texas A&M game," said Martin.
Gilbreath, Jones, price, and DeLeon believe it's a tech issue and would not vote because of the lack of information they had. "We don't have enough information to know what the impact for tech would be keeping the game here versus Dallas," said Gilbreath.
Martin tells us this is in no way a political move. He is running for mayor next year.
Councilman Gary Boren recused himself because he does business with Texas Tech. Finally, city rules do not allow Mayor Marc McDougal to make a motion or to even second a motion.