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TAGLIABUE CLEARS WAY FOR RAIDERS MOVE BACK TO OAKLAND
Published July 21, 1995
The Raiders' planned move back to Oakland "gained a powerful ally" when NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue asked owners "to lift final roadblocks" to the move, according to David Li of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. NFL owners meet today in Chicago to consider the move. NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello confirmed yesterday that Tagliabue faxed a letter Wednesday night "supporting the move" to all 30 owners (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/21). In L.A., Bill Plaschke notes the NFL will not only allow the Raiders to leave L.A. "without a fight," but the league may also allow them to go with no relocation fee because Oakland is not considered a "hot" expansion or relocation market (L.A. TIMES, 7/21). WHO ARE YOU? Oakland building contractor Joseph R. Debro emerged Thursday as the Chair of the "Taxpayers for a Vote on the Raiders Deal." The disclosure came as Debro sent a letter to Tagliabue asking the NFL to delay today's scheduled vote. Raiders supporter and former Alameda County Supervisor Don Perata: "Just because there may be a local name here, that doesn't mean there couldn't be collaborators ... to slow the deal down and get a piece of the action" (Craig Staats, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/21). SOLD OUT: Raiders marketing agents announced Thursday that they have sold out the Coliseum for this season, but "thousands" of club seats remain unsold for '96 when the seating expands (Renee Koury, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/21).