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CONSENSUS: DAVIS LIKELY TO GET RUBBER STAMP FROM LEAGUE
Published July 10, 1995
When NFL owners meet in Chicago Friday to address the Raiders, Will McDonough reports, "There will be no major effort to stop Al Davis from moving his Raiders back to Oakland for one simple reason: He will move his team from Los Angeles with or without legal approval, and if the NFL tries to stop him, as it did when he went the opposite way 13 years ago, it will lose in court again." NFL owners have been told by their legal advisers that they had a better chance of stopping the Rams from moving to an open market than they would have stopping Davis' move to the Bay. McDonough notes that the 49ers may look for compensation from the league that may come when a franchise moves or is placed in L.A. (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/9). In Atlanta, Len Pasquarelli agrees that the vote will be favorable for the Raiders, as long as Davis "formally seeks the permission of his peers. Given Davis' track record, there was some concern that he'd simply order the moving vans without the endorsement of his brethren" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 7/9). EYE ON L.A. McDonough reports "the suspicion in the league is that Ken Behring, the owner of the Seahawks, will be the first to take a shot at moving into Los Angeles" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/9). In Tampa, Pat Yasinskas reports that NFL owners believe an empty L.A. "is for their own good." Although TV and NFL officials "don't want the nation's second-largest market empty, the owners do. It gives them the biggest trump card ever" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 7/9). DETAILS: The deal likely to be approved tomorrow by the Oakland City Council will give the Raiders many perks that were "previously hidden," and commit "civic checkbooks to cover all cost overruns" for the renovation of the stadium, according to Barry Witt in the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Among the details released: the team will be exempt from "a large chunk" of property taxes, and the public will pay for charter plane trips for the team and their families from L.A. for games this year (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/8).