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A'S HAVE SOME "MINOR CONCERNS" OVER COLISEUM RENOVATIONS
Published June 27, 1995
The A's have expressed some "minor concerns" about receiving their "fair share" of the $85M in Coliseum renovations promised to the Raiders, according to Victor Chi in today's SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. East Bay officials involved in the Raiders deal met with A's officials over the weekend to let them know the details of the proposed renovations. Both sides meet again tomorrow or Thursday. There has been speculation that the A's are "bothered" that the added capacity would mar the aesthetic look of the Coliseum as a baseball park and "hurt" advance sales because with so many seats, fans would "not feel the urgency" to buy seats ahead of time (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 6/27). MORE RAIDERS FALLOUT: Jerry Cobb examined the Raiders and Rams leaving L.A. on CNBC's "Market Wrap," saying the moves have "left Los Angeles with a black eye in the sports world." Alan Taylor Communication's Howard Dolgon: "It certainly is a big loss to the [NFL] with the Fox contract -- when you loose the second largest television market in the country, that's a big hit." Cobb notes "it remains to be seen" if the Raiders' return will be much of an economic boon to the Bay area (CNBC, 6/26). In Phoenix, AZ Cardinals lawyer Thomas Guilfoil denied weekend reports that the Cardinals were ready to move to L.A.. Guilfoil told the ARIZONA REPUBLIC that nothing he said in the wake of the Raiders' decision "had anything to do with the Cardinals leaving Phoenix." He added that he was merely answering questions about the Cards' lease arrangement with ASU for Sun Devil Stadium (Tim Tyers, PHOENIX GAZETTE, 6/26). THIS WEEK: The Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Oakland City Council will hold public hearings today, followed by an initial vote on the Raioders. Thursday, applications for Oakland Coliseum personal seat licenses become available (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 6/27).