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DAVIS TELLS COLISEUM THAT THE RAIDERS WILL LOOK ELSEWHERE
Published February 2, 1995
L.A. Coliseum commissioners said yesterday the Raiders have not "exercised a contract option to play in the facility next season." According to terms of a deal signed last year "under which the Raiders played rent free," the team had 30 days after its final game to exercise an option to play next season under a new contract. The commissioners reported that Raiders Owner Al Davis has stated that he will not play in the Coliseum next season, and has mentioned Anaheim Stadium, Dodger Stadium or the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as possible alternatives. Last month the Coliseum Commission decided not to extend the option deadline for the team, and said the Raiders "could not count on playing rent free again." Raiders attorney Amy Trask said while the team "did not exercise our option, we are in constant communications with commission representatives and have not foreclosed any possibilities." The commissioners also said it is possible a CFL team could play a 10-game home schedule beginning in June and not interfere with the Raiders or USC schedules (Kenneth Reich, L.A. TIMES, 2/2).