AL DAVIS SIGHTING -- RAIDERS OWNER TOURS OAKLAND COLISEUM
"Proving a deal with him is never completed until all the
I's are dotted and contracts signed," Raiders Owner Al Davis flew
to Oakland Tuesday and met for "several hours" with members of
the city's negotiating team who are trying to lure the team back
to Oakland, according to Tim Trepany of the L.A. DAILY NEWS.
Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente: "We're still
talking like mad. We have a realistic deal that we can deliver.
It's no pie-in-the-sky (proposal) like Hollywood Park put
together" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 6/15). Sources close to Davis say
that "the thought of playing two years, and perhaps more, in the
L.A. Coliseum may be the biggest single factor keeping Oakland's
hopes alive" (Steve Springer, L.A. TIMES, 6/15). In S.F., Glenn
Dickey writes, "The parameters of both the proposal to build a
new stadium adjacent to Hollywood Park and the deal to return the
Raiders to Oakland have been set for some time. No matter how
much posturing Davis does, neither is going to change now. The
chance that a new stadium could be built for the 1997 season has
always been problematic, and each day of delay makes it more so"
(S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/15).