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MONDAY, MONDAY: DAVIS TO MAKE RAIDERS RETURN OFFICIAL

     Raiders Owner Al Davis is scheduled to sign an agreement
with the city of Oakland and Alameda County at the Coliseum this
afternoon that will make the team's return from L.A. official.
Those expected to participate in the signing ceremony include
Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris, Coliseum President George Vukasin and
Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Gail Steele (Bruce
Adams, San Francisco EXAMINER, 8/5).  At a press conference after
the ceremony, Davis may "shed some light" on his reaction to the
NFL's decision requiring him to share a "larger-than-expected"
portion of premium seat revenue with other teams, according to
Sandy Kleffman in the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS (SAN JOSE MERCURY
NEWS, 8/5).
     TICKET NEWS: Kleffman reports "sluggish" ticket sales for
Raiders exhibition games have caused Coliseum officials to
"launch a last-minute advertising blitz."  In addition, they will
allow fans to buy tickets for just the August 12 game in Oakland
against the Rams, rather than having to buy a package that
included an August 25 game against the Patriots at Stanford
Stadium (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/5).
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