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COUNTY AND CITY LAWMAKERS APPROVE PACKAGE FOR RAIDERS RETURN
Published July 12, 1995
The Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors both unanimously signed off on an $85M Coliseum renovation package and lease with Raiders yesterday, according to the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. David Li and Stacey Wells note Tuesday's action leaves one final barrier for the team's return to Oakland, approval from 23 of 30 NFL owners at their meeting Friday in Chicago (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/12). ESPN's Chris Mortensen: "Look for NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to pave the way for approval for the Raiders move back to Oakland when the owners meet Friday in Chicago" ("SportsCenter," 7/11). Also in Oakland, Bill Soliday reports that 49ers President Carmen Policy plans to protest the Raiders' move. Policy: "I feel in my heart it is not in the best interests of the NFL for the Raiders to leave Los Angeles." Soliday notes Policy's effort is "probably a losing proposition" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/12). Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen will support the Raiders' move at Friday's meeting. Bowlen: "If we voted it down, he would probably move anyway" (Armstrong/Henderson, DENVER POST, 7/12). FIND THOSE W-2'S: A U.S. tax court judge on Tuesday, after hearing testimony from Raiders Owner Al Davis, called on Davis and the Raiders to "prove" that supposed loans had repayment guarantees (Brand & Li, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/12). Judge Mary Ann Cohen called for briefs from the team and IRS in 75 days, and said there would be 45 days for response. Cohen hopes to rule by Christmas (L.A. TIMES, 7/12).