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RAIDERS' DAVIS INJECTS NEW WRINKLE INTO RAMS DISCUSSION
Published March 15, 1995
While discussion of the Rams move continued at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Raiders Owner Al Davis asked the league to approve the idea of a new football stadium. Davis said he needs approval for the new stadium, to be located between Hollywood Park and The Forum in Inglewood, within ten days or it cannot be built. "Owners winced," writes Bill Plaschke and T.J. Simers of the L.A. TIMES, "but, with the prospects of losing a Los Angeles team increasing every hour, they seemed eager to embrace the report." The proposed $200M facility would be privately financed by NC-based NationsBank. But Raiders and Hollywood Park officials claim that "it is not possible to pay for the stadium" without revenue from at least two Super Bowls, which would have to be played there during a five-year period after '97. Oilers Owner/Finance Committee Chair Bud Adams: "We'd love to help him out ... we just need to see a little more" (L.A. TIMES, 3/15). Davis has spoken with Orioles Owner Peter Angelos in recent days about his attempt to get an NFL team in Baltimore (I.J. Rosenberg, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/15). Although Davis gave "the impression" he would play at Anaheim Stadium until the propsoed new stadium opens in '97 (should the Rams move get approval), he did not commit to any stadium for '95 -- a "factor that has NFL owners worried." Davis: "I think I could play in any facility I wanted to next year. ... That doesn't mean just Los Angeles" (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/15).