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Al Davis Discusses New Stadium, Raiders-49ers Relationship

Davis Says Reported Icy Relationship
Between Raiders-49ers Is Misconception
Raiders Owner Al Davis yesterday said it is a "misconception that there's some unhappiness with the Raiders and the 49ers" that would prevent the teams from possibly sharing a stadium in the Bay Area, according to Jason Jones of the SACRAMENTO BEE. Davis said, "We have to have a new stadium. We want to win. We want our fans to do great. The will to win is the fire that burns brightest in this organization and if a new stadium can help us, then we'll look at a new stadium." Davis added 49ers President Jed York is a "very bright young man," and he said of Raiders Chief Exec Amy Trask, with respect to pursuing a stadium, "I'm not sure how far she's gone but we have to do something." Davis said he would "have to know what the stadium is and who's going to pay for it" before sitting down with the 49ers to discuss sharing. Davis added he would not want to be a majority in a shared stadium. Davis: "I wouldn't think anyone could have that. The Giants had it over the Jets and I wouldn't want that. I'm not looking for that." When asked where he sees the Raiders playing the '10 season after the team's lease expires at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Davis said, "I'd like to be playing in a stadium or some new stadium that's started. I like the present location very much. I think it's a helluva location but I'd like a new location" (SACBEE.com, 2/4). In California, Lowell Cohn notes Davis "never actually answers the question: Would he share a stadium with the Niners?" Cohn: "Let me see if I have this right. Davis is absolutely open to sharing a new stadium with the 49ers if the Niners contact him first, if the Niners travel to Alameda, if the Niners do all the preliminary work and show Al the numbers make sense for him, if the new stadium is where the current Coliseum stands. ... Aside from that handful of minor considerations Al is committed to sharing, to finding common ground, as it were, with the 49ers" (Santa Rosa PRESS DEMOCRAT, 2/5).

NO CHANGES COMING: In Oakland, Monte Poole notes Davis in September said that the Raiders would "benefit from another authoritative voice" in the front office. But as Davis yesterday introduced Tom Cable as head coach, he said he is "just not ready" to bring in a new exec. Poole: "It has to be downright discouraging for those who wanted to think Al was ready to share high-level authority in hopes of forming a brain trust capable of leading the Raiders out of the NFL wilderness. It means the Raider Nation likely will be fed another bowl of what it has been served for years. It may not be what's needed or wanted, but it's what Al decides to give." The Raiders "have not addressed their biggest issue," they have "simply changed their appearance." The team has "put a different suit on a seriously ill man" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 2/5).

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