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RAIDERS LOOKING TO JOIN LAKERS IN INGLEWOOD

     Raiders Owner Al Davis is talking with Hollywood Park
officials to build a privately-financed $175M-$200M 65,000-seat
stadium across the street from the Great Western Forum in
Inglewood, CA.  Officials close to the negotiations say the new
stadium would have at least 150 luxury boxes and be ready for the
1997 NFL season.  Hollywood Park Inc., which owns the racetrack,
would build and own the stadium on its 345-acre complex.  The
City of Inglewood has hired an accounting firm to help Hollywood
Park Inc. arrange financing for the project.  City Manager Paul
Eckles: "They (the Raiders) are dead serious about it."  In
addition to providing luxury boxes which the L.A. Coliseum lacks,
the new stadium would have 20,000 parking spaces, up from the
Coliseum's 8,000.  A possible deal could include "some financial
commitments" from the NFL.  NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello
confirmed that "conversations have taken place" between the
league and Hollywood Park  (Mark Katches, L.A. DAILY NEWS,
12/20).
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