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HOLD EVERYTHING -- AL DAVIS KEEPS L.A., OAKLAND WAITING

     Negotiations between Raiders Owner Al Davis and NFL
officials "stalled in the final stages" yesterday, as the
league's efforts to build a new stadium at Hollywood Park
"produced more rancor than resolution," according to this
morning's L.A. TIMES.  Bill Plaschke and Steve Springer report
that Davis "is believed to be asking the league for financial
guarantees that would compensate him if new stadium construction
does not proceed as scheduled."  Davis is reportedly "nervous
about turning down a rare, government-backed offer from Oakland,
only to be forced to remain in the aging Coliseum" if Hollywood
Park is not completed on time.  In Oakland, George Vukasin,
President of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, said time is
limited:  "We need to move. ... We would not only be selling
tickets, but working with an architect.  We need an answer in the
next couple of weeks, and I think we'll get it."  The TIMES
reports that "the league would be willing to let Davis leave for
Oakland immediately and without a fight."  If Davis does leave
L.A., the league would hope to relocate an existing team into the
area before the 1996 season (L.A. TIMES, 6/6).
     ONCE AROUND THE LEAGUE:  Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson,
Chair of the NFL Stadiums and Renovations Committee, said
yesterday he is "optimistic" that the L.A. stadium will be
completed by '99.  Richardson: "I feel better now about the Los
Angeles situation than I have in the last two weeks" (Timothy
Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 6/6).  In Atlanta, Len Pasquarelli writes,
"Clearly, the maverick Davis revels in the irony of his
situation:  The NFL, which spent years in court trying to keep
him out of Los Angeles, is now dangling a new stadium at
Hollywood Park as an enticement to stay."  The league's deadline
for the Hollywood Park proposal is July 1 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
6/6).  Columnist R.E. Grasworth calls Davis' tactics "a sorry
spectacle": "Davis can't pick a permanent home, because a
permanent home would end the game.  Al lost the ability to win
long ago.  But the game can't end until Al says it's over"
(MCLATCHY NEWS/TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE, 6/5).
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