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RAIDERS' DAVIS SIGNS 16-YEAR LEASE WITH OAKLAND COLISEUM
Published August 8, 1995
After last-minute negotiations delayed the ceremony for more than 4 1/2 hours, Raiders Owner Al Davis signed a 16-year lease Monday with the Oakland Coliseum, according to this morning's OAKLAND TRIBUNE. Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris: "Somewhere, some place, there's a fat lady singing." It "remains uncertain" if Davis has a deal with the NFL and its owners on revenue sharing, according to David Li. Davis: "The league wants a lot of things, that doesn't always mean that they get it" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/8). LEAGUE REACTION: NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello: "We fully expect the Raiders to fulfill their revenue sharing obligations under league rules. They know what the requirements are" (Barry Wit, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/8). LOCAL OPINION: The TRIBUNE's Carl Steward writes:"The real question now is whether Davis will be good to Oakland and the East Bay. Some would still believe that the coliseum, Oakland and Alameda County entered into a contract with the devil Monday" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/8). FIRST GAME IS SATURDAY: Oakland Football Marketing Assoc Dir Marc Ganis was "stripped" Monday of his responsibility for selling seats to Raiders exhibition games as sales "lagged behind expectations," according to Renee Koury writes in the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. The Coliseum will take over sales for the exhibition games. Ganis: "My role was to put together PSLs and club seats. Why would I be concerned about two preseason games?" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/8).