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SUITE TREATS: EAST BAY POLITICIANS GET FREE RAIDERS BOX
Published August 30, 1995
Alameda County supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to accept complementary luxury box seats for Raider games, sparking criticism from a group opposed to the $223M bond deal to bring the team back to Oakland. Tara Shioya reports in this morning's S.F. CHRONICLE that Taxpayers for a Vote on Raiders Deal suggested "the ticket giveaway will only add to the appearance of a sweetheart deal." Supervisor Gail Steele: "This is a perk, but it is not a conflict of interest." Supervisors also have access to a Coliseum box for a limited number of A's games and free tickets to every A's game (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/30). Meanwhile, Oakland Football Marketing Association officials said yesterday they expect to sell the 2,000 remaining tickets for Sunday's Raider opener verses San Diego by this afternoon, averting a local television blackout (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/30). BARGAIN HUNTING: In Tampa, Devil Rays Managing Partner Vince Naimoli showed off private boxes for reservation-holders in the ThunderDome last night. Naimoli noted that the cost of the suites -- $40,000-125,000 per season -- is "relatively modest in comparison to private suites in other professional sports" (Bill Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/30).