OAKLAND COLISEUM LEASE AWAITS AL DAVIS' JOHN HANCOCK
"Now all that's left for the Oakland Raiders to become
official is one final autograph from Raiders managing general
partner Al Davis," writes David Li of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE.
Although Davis has yet to sign the Coliseum lease, East Bay
officials reportedly see the delay "as a matter of diplomacy over
punctuality" as NFL owners prepare to meet Friday and discuss the
Raiders' move. Davis is apparently awaiting league approval
before signing the lease, although he maintains he does not need
permission to relocate the team. Yesterday, Oakland City Manager
Craig Kocian and interim Alameda County Administrator Susan
Muranishi "formally entered" into a joint powers agreement -- the
"administrative move" necessary to sell up to $225M in bonds to
finance Coliseum renovations (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/18).
SEASON TICKETS: With the deadline for applications and
partial payment for season-ticket first priority passed at
midnight last night. Oakland Coliseum Dir of Marketing Mike
Savod said the Raiders distributed 283,000 applications and
people began lining up at 4:00pm yesterday in a rush to return
their applications. A computer will randomly select those who
can buy season tickets, with priority given to those who
submitted their PSL applications by the deadline (Peter Fimrite,
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 7/18).
RADIO DEAL: The Raiders are expected to announce today or
tomorrow a $1M deal for KNEW-AM and KSAN-FM to carry their games
this year (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 7/18).