NFL, RAIDERS SAY REPORTS OF MOVE RIGHT OUT OF LA-LA LAND
L.A. City Councilmember Nate Holden, who was "ridiculed
for stirring up a scare that the Raiders were leaving
Oakland went even further yesterday, claiming the move is
'imminent,'" according to Rick DelVecchio of the S.F.
CHRONICLE. Holden, at a news conference at the Coliseum,
said that Raiders Owner Al Davis will "prevail" in his legal
battles with the NFL and "as a result will win the right to
take the team south." Raiders Exec Assistant Al LoCasale
said that the Raiders "are not planning to move anytime
soon," while NFL VP/Communications Greg Aiello termed
Holden's comments "ridiculous." L.A. City Councilmember
Joel Wachs: "We need the Raiders like the Titanic needed an
iceberg" (Rick DelVecchio, S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/23).