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YOU CAN ALWAYS GO HOME: RAIDERS OFFICIALS TOUR IN OAKLAND
Published May 31, 1995
Raiders officials toured the Oakland Coliseum yesterday "examining the details" of the $85M proposal by Oakland to upgrade the facility for football, according to this morning's OAKLAND TRIBUNE. David Li and Dave Newhouse report that the plan would increase football seating to 65,000 and require the team to sign a 16-year lease. Raiders Owner Al Davis was not among the Raiders contingent. Coliseum President George Vukasin: "The officials are here just to get a better focus on what's happening here" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 5/31). In San Francisco, columnist Art Spander advises in dealing with Davis: "Rule No. 1: Al Davis would dare to do anything, not that this means he would be leaning toward Oakland over the 'mortal lock' in Southern California. Rule No. 2: When you think you know everything, refer to Rule No. 1" (S.F. EXAMINER, 5/30). OAKLAND BELIEVERS: BOSTON GLOBE columnist Will McDonough thinks the chances are "60-40" that Davis will leave L.A. and return to Oakland. McDonough believes that the $20M a year Davis stands to make in Oakland, or possibly Baltimore -- before Hollywood Park is built -- will pull the Raiders out of L.A. ESPN's Chris Mortensen: "I think the Oakland move is more of an option than people think. At the league meetings I was told that Oakland has a very sweet offer." However, Mortensen says, "in the end," he believes Davis will stay (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 5/31). In Seattle, where Seahawks Owner Ken Behring reportedly is interested in joining Davis in L.A., columnist Art Thiel agrees Davis could leavel: "If he finds a city as shameless as St. Louis -- Oakland, Baltimore, San Antonio, Memphis and Toronto would make that list -- he will leave and create a second void that would have owners selling their children wholesale to get to L.A." (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 5/31). NOBODY WALKS ON L.A.? The Raiders' potential deal at and Hollywood Park leads this week's "Scorecard" in SI. "In its desperation to retain at least one franchise in the nation's second-largest TV market," SI states, "the NFL is buying into a fantasy that owes a lot more to 'Field of Dreams' than to what passes for real life, even in Los Angeles." The magazine proposes that building a winner is more important in L.A. than a nice stadium (SI, 6/5 issue).