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DEBARTOLO TO OAKLAND: 49ERS WILL NOT STAND IN WAY
Published July 20, 1995
The OAKLAND TRIBUNE obtained a letter yesterday from 49ers Owner Eddie DeBartolo that "assured" Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris that the 49ers "would not stand in the way" of the Raiders' move. DeBartolo: "The San Francisco 49ers have not and will not act as obstructionists in the East Bay's effort to secure the Raiders" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/20). REPORTS OF SUCCESS EXAGGERATED? Raiders ticket chief Marc Ganis said yesterday that the team "has probably not received enough season ticket applications to fill the Coliseum, and will need to launch a second marketing campaign," according to David Li of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. Ganis would not disclose how many season ticket applications had been received by the midnight Monday deadline, but with a "second marketing campaign," he expects to "fill the Coliseum" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/20). OAKLAND TO OFFER A'S $11M: Alameda County supervisors will consider a proposal to compensate the A's with an $11M payment due to the Raiders' return to the Coliseum, according to this morning's SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Part of the deal includes giving the A's the right to terminate their lease at the end of the '98 season -- for any reason. This agreement "substantially sweetens the pot for potential owners Kenneth Hoffman and Stephen Schott," and "privately, some officials had expressed fears that if talks stalled with the A's, the deal to bring back the Raiders could be in jeopardy." Under the lease revision, the A's get $6M for seats lost during Coliseum construction, and $5M for having to share the facility. If the team leaves after '98, they would have to repay $5M. The deal is not tied to a Raiders return (Sandy Kleffman, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/20). DAYS OF OLD: The Raiders' old training camp site in Santa Rosa, north of Oakland, has been converted into a discount store. The team is currently looking for a new site in Sonoma and Napa Counties (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/20).