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DAVIS AND DEBARTOLO SIT BY A DOCK AT THE BAY AND CATCH UP
Published May 15, 1998
49ers co-Owner Eddie DeBartolo had a "nice sit-down meeting with his team's longtime nemesis," Raiders Owner Al Davis, according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The meeting "was set up by DeBartolo's right-hand man," former Raider Ed Muransky, "who sources say has been pushing" DeBartolo not to give up his "fight to keep control of the football team." Sources say that Davis and DeBartolo discussed issues ranging from possible preseason games between the two teams to "how DeBartolo might handle his fight to regain control of the 49ers." Muransky denied the meeting had "anything to do with DeBartolo's current problems with the NFL," saying only, "They were there to talk about old times and friendships." Matier & Ross add that DeBartolo opened a new pizza restaurant this week in Santa Clara called Tomatina (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/15). COLD WAR OVER? The Raiders have "accepted a city and county offer to break a seven-month-old silence and discuss a 'comprehensive proposal' aimed at restructuring" the team's current deal with both agencies. The sides will meet in the next couple of weeks" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 5/14).