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DAVIS' DECISION ON HOLLYWOOD PARK MAY BE THIS WEEK
Published June 5, 1995
Today is the day Al Davis has told friends that he will make a decision on where his team will play, according to Bill Plaschke in the L.A. TIMES. Plaschke reports that Hollywood Park CEO R.D. Hubbard "not coincidentally" will also tell the league whether he will accept terms that would give him all the rent "from a second NFL tenant, a team that would begin playing in the Inglewood stadium in 1998, a year after it opens." Plaschke also reports that Hubbard "appears willing to begin construction without" the $20M Davis had requested from the league in earlier negotiations. However, "sources close to Davis insist that the only game Davis is concerned with is on the field." According to "one confidant," Davis is "seeking the winning edge," and feels that his team lacks "a true home-field advantage." Plaschke reports that Davis' friends say he is worried that the Hollywood Park project could be delayed by funding or legal problems -- or a natural disaster. Plaschke: "He is 65, he has a team he considers Super Bowl material and he is determined to get back to football's big show for the first time in 11 years." Plaschke reports that Davis tells friends that in Oakland, "he sees himself back in the comforts of an old home where the fans can be expected to fill the park, resume their love affair with the team, bellow their rage at the opposition and generally provide the kind of home-field advantage he see in places such as Kansas City, Dallas and Buffalo" (L.A. TIMES, 6/4). JUST A FEELING: NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw told Will McDonough he has a feeling the Raiders will go back to Oakland. Upshaw: "I spoke with him [Davis] a few weeks ago and he talked about the tradition and having a better chance to win back there. I can't say it's a deal, that's just my own personal feeling" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/4). NOT SO FAST: ESPN's Chris Mortensen on the situation in L.A.: "I think Al Davis is going to take his time [to make a decision]. If the Bengals go to Baltimore, Ohio has to keep the Browns. So this is going to be a story for another couple of months" ("Sunday SportsDay," ESPN, 6/4).