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AS DAVIS COURTS POTENTIAL SUITORS, COLISEUM LOOKS ELSEWHERE

     The L.A. Coliseum Commission voted Wednesday to begin
construction on a new $5.6M press box that will be paid for with
federal funds.  However, while lack of additional funding would
keep the stadium from adding luxury suites ready for '95, Don
Webb, director of the Coliseum renovation project, says there are
"promising" signs the facility could receive financing to build
the first 21 suites within eight weeks (Kenneth Reich, L.A.
TIMES, 4/6).
     MIND GAMES?  Just what (if any) team might play in the
facility next season is a larger question.  Al Davis' Raiders do
not have a lease with the Coliseum, which they have called home
since '82.  Davis has not told the league where he will be
playing next season, but Baltimore and Oakland have been
mentioned as possibilities.  One NFL source told the Baltimore
SUN's Jon Morgan that Davis tried last year to get the league to
tentatively schedule Raiders home games at several sites and then
allow the team to make a decision on where to play later.  The
league refused, according to the source:  "This is Al's way of
sending the message that he's thinking of moving" (Baltimore SUN,
4/6).     BENGALS OR RAMS?  Coliseum Commission member Sheldon
Sloan says his group has talked to the Raiders and "at least two
other teams" about playing in the facility in '95.  Sloan would
neither confirm or deny if he was referring to the Rams or
Bengals, the only NFL teams without a binding lease for '95.
Rams President John Shaw has said Coliseum officials have
contacted him about playing in L.A. for the '95 season.  Sloan
says he would like to have the Rams return:  "We'd be willing to
talk about an interim (agreement).  We're willing to talk about
all kinds of things" (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER,
4/6).  In Cincinnati, Bengals GM Mike Brown says he has not
spoken with anyone about playing in L.A., and Bengals Secretary/
Treasurer Katie Blackburn also denied the rumors:  "We haven't
talked to them.  We're trying to get things done here" (Geoff
Hobson, CINCINNATI ENQURIER, 4/6).
     TROJANS MAY BE SECURE:  USC AD Mike Garrett has sent a
letter to the commission confirming that USC will sign a long-
term lease with the Coliseum once suite construction begins
(Kenneth Reich, L.A. TIMES, 4/6).
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