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PRESSURE'S ON -- 15,000 TICKETS REMAIN FOR RAIDERS OPENER
Published August 28, 1995
As the Raiders look to sell 15,000 tickets to avoid a non- sellout for their return to the Bay Area, Mark Purdy writes in this morning's MERCURY NEWS that Coach Mike White "must shoulder" the burden of attracting fans to the Coliseum this season -- and avoiding a taxpayer bailout. Purdy: "Winning will sell $61 tickets in the Bay Area. Losing won't" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/28). In this morning's S.F. CHRONICLE, Glenn Dickey writes that Sunday's game will be "critical to the gate" for the rest of the season: "This is not an area which embraces losers, or even mediocre teams ... if the Raiders do not come out of the gate fast, there will be a lot of unsold tickets for later home games" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/28). TNT's "Pro Football Tonight" looked at the L.A. football vacuum. TNT's Kevin Kiley: "The owners did a smart thing. They agreed that no team could move to Los Angeles without 23 of 30 owners voting to O.K. the move. What does that mean? It means there will be no maverick move, a la Al Davis" (TNT, 8/27).