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NFL DEAL REPORTEDLY DONE WITH HOLLYWOOD PARK; WHERE'S AL?
Published June 9, 1995
The NFL has reportedly reached agreement with Hollywood Park CEO R.D. Hubbard to build a new 68,000 stadium next to the Inglewood racetrack in suburban Los Angeles, according to this morning's BOSTON GLOBE. The GLOBE reports that a "special NFL Committee" that includes 49ers President Carmen Policy, Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen and Carolina Owner Jerry Richardson negotiated with Hubbard. In addition, former raiders coach John Madden reportedly said on his radio show that the team would return to Oakland (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 6/9). Raiders owner Al Davis has yet to agree to the Hollywood deal, which leaves "serious questions," according to Glenn Dickey in this morning's SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. Dickey reports that Davis isn't eager to share the stadium and a "sizable minority of owners has always preferred to let Davis go back to Oakland so they could put in Los Angeles two other teams with more pliable owners" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/9). As NFL's July 1 deadline for a final agreement between the Raiders and Hollywood Park looms, "Davis appears to be moving according to his own timetable," writes Steve Springer in this morning's L.A. TIMES. Springer reports that while "Oakland awaits with open arms. ... The tone is markedly different at the L.A. Coliseum, where the Raiders are expected to play for the next two years if they stay." Construction Supervisor Don Webb: "Everyone is weary of this" (L.A. TIMES, 6/9). QUESTIONS: Dickey reports that Davis "has had his own questions about returning to Oakland, which is why he has basically let others frame his decision." Dickey notes that former Oakland season ticket holders "primarily were blue-collar workers," and that "the NFL has changed enormously since then." Dickey: "To finance the proposed deal to Oakland, it would be necessary to eventually fill as many as 175 luxury suites." Because Oakland does not have the corporate base of S.F. or L.A., many suites would have to be sold to affluent suburban residents. Dickey writes, "These people would buy the suites as long as a Raider game was a status event, but if the Raiders went 7-9, there wouldn't be much status involved" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/9). CRYING IN THEIR O.J.: Leaders of Orange County's bid to land an NFL team "decided on a new strategy Thursday," according to this morning's ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. The group plans to lobby the NFL to make Anaheim the site in Southern CA for two NFL teams to play in a new stadium. Himmelberg reports that the group "has written letters to NFL owners that attack the safety and access problems of Inglewood and promote Orange County as a more appealing fan and tourist destination." A proposed Orange Co. stadium would be funded largely through PSLs and some public funds (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/9).