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COLISEUM AUTHORITY RAISES RAIDERS' TICKET PACKAGES BY $10

          The Oakland Coliseum Authority voted to increase the
     price of a Raiders season-ticket package by $10 next season,
     "an increase some officials fear may drive away fans,"
     according to Renee Koury of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  The
     extra fees will bring about $310,000 "in badly needed
     revenue" to the Authority.  Though the increase averages
     just $1 per home game, Oakland Football Marketing Assoc. Dir
     Richard Rogers said it may cause fans "to bail out of their
     contracts."  Just 33,000 of 55,000 PSLs and club seats have
     been sold and "about" 7,000 fans have forfeited licenses
     since the Raiders moved back to Oakland in '95.  Rogers:
     "The extra $10 isn't a lot of money, but it may be the straw
     that breaks the camel's back."  But Coliseum Authority Chair
     Mary King said her group has "a responsibility to show good
     faith" to county residents, "whether they have an interest
     in football or not" (MERCURY NEWS, 3/20).  In Oakland, Laura
     Counts wrote that the increase gives fans "another reason to
     feel sour about the whole deal" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 2/20).

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