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TENSIONS ESCALATE IN OAKLAND IN LAWSUIT AGAINST RAIDERS

          Oakland Alameda Coliseum authority officials filed a
     lawsuit yesterday against the Raiders charging them with
     interfering with a $17.5M naming-rights deal with UMAX
     Corp., according to Rick DelVecchio in a front-page story in
     the S.F. CHRONICLE.  The dispute "is the most dramatic
     example of the deterioration of relations between the NFL
     team and East Bay officials."  The Coliseum complaint
     accuses the Raiders of making "unreasonable objections to
     the name sale to extract more cash from the Coliseum."  The
     Coliseum authority is seeking damages from the team "and a
     judgment on whether the Raiders have a right to break" their
     lease.  Raiders attorney Joseph Alioto: "We are trying to
     work things out with them.  ... We're not talking about
     leaving Oakland, but if they're trying to force us out of
     Oakland they're going about it the right way."  Alioto said
     that the Raiders "aren't bluffing and will insist in the
     counterclaim that East Bay officials haven't fulfilled their
     end of the lease agreement" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/30).  In San
     Jose, Frances Dinkelspiel reports that Raiders officials
     contend "they had been misled" by East Bay officials who
     told them in '95 that selling out the Coliseum "for Raiders
     games would be no problem."  UMAX officials had no comment
     on the lawsuit and said they "still hope the name deal is
     viable" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/30).

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