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).
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