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A'S GET CONCESSIONS FROM COLISEUM; WHY WON'T DAVIS SIGN?

     The A's "will receive substantial new concessions under an
agreement that won the blessing of Oakland City Council members
on Tuesday," according to this morning's SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.
If the Raiders return:  The A's get $11M in cash payments, an
advance of up to $2.5M and the right to terminate their lease at
the end of the '98 season for any reason.  If the Raiders stay in
L.A.:  The A's get "en even shorter lease."  In exchange for a
year-to-year agreement, the team would yield its right to $20M of
stadium improvements and $2M in annual payments from the
Coliseum.  The Raiders deal still awaits the signature of Raiders
Owner  Al Davis, with local opponents hoping to get a March
referendum on the team's return.  The Raiders agreement has
received final approval from both the City Council and the
Alameda County Council (Sandy Kleffman, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS,
8/2).  Yesterday, Kleffman examined the "big question":  "When
will Al Davis sign on the dotted line?"  East Bay officials
"insist they aren't worried by the delay," although Oakland
Deputy City Manager Ezra Rapport admits "he'll get little sleep
until he actually sees Davis sign."  Rapport says the two sides
are still "ironing out fine points."  He declined to reveal
specifics, but said he hopes to have matters resolved -- and a
signature obtained   -- "within the next few days" (SAN JOSE
MERCURY NEWS, 8/1).
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