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L.A. CITY COUNCIL TO RAIDERS: DON'T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE

          The L.A. City Council voted 10-3 to adopt a resolution
     saying the city "never wants the Raiders or [Owner Al] Davis
     to darken the doorstep of Los Angeles again," according to
     Rick Orlov of the L.A. DAILY NEWS.  But Raiders Dir of
     Football Operations Bruce Allen said that the City Council
     vote "wouldn't play a role" in Davis' decision on the future
     of the team, which won't be made public until after the
     season.  Davis says he holds rights to the L.A. market.  The
     vote "caused some concern on the part" of Council member
     Mark Ridley-Thomas, who is looking to land an NFL expansion
     team for the Coliseum.  Ridley-Thomas and two others voted
     against the measure, "saying it should be studied further." 
     Ridley-Thomas: "We're at a sensitive point, and I am very
     conscious of the downsides of any discussions that talks
     about a specific organization" (L.A. TIMES, 11/1).

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