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WHAT'S IN AL DAVIS' HEAD: AS MANY OPINIONS AS POSSIBILITIES
Published June 9, 1995
THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY yesterday spoke with three journalists who have been covering the Raiders tug-o-war between L.A. and Oakland. Each was asked where they believed the team would end up, and why. GLENN SCHWARZ, Sports Editor, San Francisco EXAMINER: "I think he will stay, because he's used Oakland for leverage all these years. ... It's all about leverage with [Davis], as it is with many others. But he perfected it before many of his colleagues did and I believe that he's just using Oakland to drive the best possible deal in Los Angeles. When he sees enough money on the table and enough assurances and guarantees, he'll grab that deal." STEVE SPRINGER, L.A. TIMES: "It's about 50-50. There's pros and cons on both sides. He's got instant fans up there, he's got a good deal down here if he stays over the long haul. It's just a matter of whether he just wants to go for short term or long term." GLENN DICKEY, S.F. CHRONICLE: "What it comes down to is Davis is waiting to see what happens with the NFL and Hollywood Park. If they can make that deal, I think he'll stay there. If they can't make it, he jumps up here because he has no real reasonable alternative down there. I don't think [Davis] is using this as a leveraging piece. In fact, I think it's just the opposite. He's probably not getting as good a deal as another owner could get" (THE DAILY).