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Raiders Chronology

March 13, 1990

The Raiders in Los Angeles: Key events in the history of the football franchise: Jan. 18, 1980--Los Angeles Coliseum Commission discloses that Al Davis has agreed to move his Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles, replacing the Rams, who are moving to Anaheim. The commission seeks a court order allowing the Raiders to bypass National Football League objections.

March 25--A Superior Court judge in Oakland issues an order blocking the Raiders move.

May 7, 1982--A federal court jury in Los Angeles finds against the NFL and in favor of the Raiders move to Los Angeles. Antitrust damages of $49 million awarded.

Aug. 29--Raiders play their first home game, an exhibition, at the Coliseum before 40,906 fans.

Nov. 5, 1983--Raiders delay construction of luxury boxes on the Coliseum rim until after the 1984 Olympics, after a demand from the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for a $50,000-a-day penalty if the boxes are not completed by June 1, 1984.

Jan. 22, 1984--Raiders win their only Super Bowl as a Los Angeles team, defeating the Washington Redskins, 38-9, at Tampa.

Dec. 8--Davis signs a long-term contract with the Coliseum Commission committing the Raiders to staying in the facility at least through 1991, with options through 2006. The contract does not refer to any promises by the Coliseum Commission for stadium renovations.

Feb. 18, 1987--Raiders suspend once again their long-delayed construction of luxury boxes on the Coliseum rim, saying they will not build them unless the Coliseum Commission agrees first to undertake an $8-million to $15-million reconfiguration of regular seating. Davis insists that despite language in the 1984 contract, this was promised to him.

March 7--Commission President Alexander Haagen refuses to accede to Davis' demands, saying there is neither the money nor the time to do the seating reconfiguration "this year."

Sept. 29--A Los Angeles Superior Court judge suspends Irwindale-Raiders agreement until an environmental impact report is prepared for the Irwindale stadium. This eventually takes more than a year.

Sept. 30--Coliseum Commission sues Raiders for at least $57 million for breach of contract.

Jan. 6, 1988--Raiders countersue commission for $9.5 million.

Feb. 17, 1989--Superior Court judge finally accepts environmental impact report and gives Irwindale clearance to proceed with its Raiders deal. However, in subsequent months, Irwindale is unable to arrange either financing or a definite site for the proposed stadium.

May 18--The chairman of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Commission says he is ready to begin talks with Davis. There are also reports of Raiders contacts by Sacramento.

Aug. 26--Raiders receive tumultuous welcome in Oakland as they play an exhibition game before a capacity crowd in the Oakland Coliseum with the Houston Oilers.

Sept. 13--Sacramento City Council approves offering Raiders $50 million in municipal money to move to Sacramento. A $120-million stadium would be built by private entrepreneurs. The council says the offer will expire on Feb. 28, 1990.

Nov. 29--Los Angeles Coliseum representatives report offering Davis a Coliseum with 180 luxury boxes and 10,000 club seats, to be financed with private money. Ultimately, they offer 200 luxury boxes and up to 15,000 club seats.

Dec. 12--The Los Angeles offer is hiked to a $145-million stadium reconstruction.

Jan. 3, 1990--The Los Angeles offer is expanded to include $70 million in cash payments and guarantees to Davis as a "franchise fee," officials say. But questions arise about delays due to the need for environmental impact reports and historic preservation requirements.

Jan. 10--The Los Angeles Coliseum Commission votes to approve the concept of demolishing and reconstructing the stadium, but it moves slowly on commissioning an environmental impact report.

Feb. 15--Oakland unveils final details of a $660-million offer to Davis.

Feb. 27--Sacramento City Council votes to allow its offer of $50 million in municipal money as a franchise fee to the Raiders to expire the following day after Davis tells Mayor Anne Rudin that he will not decide by the Sacramento deadline.

March 8--Oakland officials give Davis 24 hours to say yes or no to their offer.

March 9--Oakland officials extend deadline by three days after Davis asks for more time.

March 12--Davis provisionally agrees to move the Raiders back to Oakland.

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