DAVIS AND DEBARTOLO SIT BY A DOCK AT THE BAY AND CATCH UP
49ers co-Owner Eddie DeBartolo had a "nice sit-down
meeting with his team's longtime nemesis," Raiders Owner Al
Davis, according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE.
The meeting "was set up by DeBartolo's right-hand man,"
former Raider Ed Muransky, "who sources say has been
pushing" DeBartolo not to give up his "fight to keep control
of the football team." Sources say that Davis and DeBartolo
discussed issues ranging from possible preseason games
between the two teams to "how DeBartolo might handle his
fight to regain control of the 49ers." Muransky denied the
meeting had "anything to do with DeBartolo's current
problems with the NFL," saying only, "They were there to
talk about old times and friendships." Matier & Ross add
that DeBartolo opened a new pizza restaurant this week in
Santa Clara called Tomatina (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/15).
COLD WAR OVER? The Raiders have "accepted a city and
county offer to break a seven-month-old silence and discuss
a 'comprehensive proposal' aimed at restructuring" the
team's current deal with both agencies. The sides will meet
in the next couple of weeks" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 5/14).