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OAKLAND OFFICIALS MEET TODAY; RAIDERS EXPECTED TO MOVE
Published June 23, 1995
Local officials and Oakland Coliseum execs "all but opened the champagne" yesterday in anticipation of today's agreement to have the Raiders return to the Bay Area, according to David Li of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. The Oakland Coliseum Board of Directors is scheduled to meet today to "consider a lease" for the Raiders and give board President George Vukasin the power to sign a deal with Al Davis (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 6/23). Vukasin will "prepare documents" at the meeting, to which Davis is expected to "add his signature" via fax. Oakland City Councilman Dick Spees: "We expect a letter of intent will be faxed up to us, but it's not done until it's done. We've dealt with Al before" (Plaschke & Springer, L.A. TIMES, 6/23). Vukasin told the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE that the Raiders "have agreed to sign the deal." The package would require approval from the City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors -- both of which plan to meet Tuesday (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/23). Don Peratta, a former Alameda County Supervisor who has been negotiating with Davis: "There would have been no meeting unless Al Davis said 'I'm coming back'" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 6/22). In S.F., Glenn Dickey writes, "For 14 years, East Bay fans pursued the dream, the return of the Raiders. Now the dream is about to become a reality. I hope it doesn't turn into a nightmare" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/23). WHAT'S IN IT FOR AL: According to the OAKLAND TRIBUNE, Davis can look forward to the following "cut" of football revenues from home games at the Oakland Coliseum: 1) Half of all parking revenues; 2) half of all concessions sold on Coliseum Grounds; 3) all luxury seating revenue; 4) half of any money earned from selling the Coliseum's name to a corporate sponsor. The A's, who play at the Coliseum, would continue to get all revenues from advertising inside the stadium (David Li, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 6/23). NET LOSS FOR THE NETS? In San Francisco, C.W. Nevius writes, "Although they will miss having a presence in Los Angeles, NBC officials are quietly clicking their heels at the prospect of the revived Oakland Raiders. The bonus is, NBC finally will get to show some Raider games in Los Angeles" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 6/23). In L.A., Larry Stewart reports, "Gone with the Raiders would be blackouts and doubleheader restrictions" (L.A. TIMES, 6/23). Former NBC analyst Merlin Olsen: "I've got to believe that at NBC and Fox, there are people right now saying 'My God, what do we do next?'" ("Entertainment Tonight," 6/23). WHO FILLS THE L.A. MARKET? In Orange County, Michele Himmelberg reports that the Cardinals are "publicly dissatisfied with their stadium, making them one of at least a dozen candidates for transfer to Southern California" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/23). In L.A., Mike Penner writes, "Orange County grits its teeth through 15 years of Georgia Frontiere -- sometimes referred to as 'the female Bill Bidwill' -- and once she's finally out the door, here comes the real thing" (L.A. TIMES, 6/23). Today's Baltimore SUN reports the Cincinnati officials believe they have a deal with the Bengals and that they will not be moving (Baltimore SUN, 6/23).