March 2, 1990 |
A few months ago, Gregg Lukenbill, chief promoter of the bid to entice the Raiders to Sacramento, was saying that owner Al Davis was not that difficult to deal with, that he was misunderstood by critics. Lukenbill has joined the critics. Two days before the Sacramento City Council's Wednesday midnight deadline for Davis to agree to an offer of municipal payments of $50 million to move to the state capital, Lukenbill told the Sacramento Bee: "I think he's just basically blowing us off.
February 28, 1990 |
The City Council late Tuesday night voted to kill the city's offer to pay a $50 million "franchise fee" to attract the Los Angeles Raiders to the capital, effective midnight tonight. The vote came as part of a motion that also directed that a 5% admission tax to repay bonds sold to raise the fee be deferred until July 1, 1991, and that a 1.5% increase in the city's hotel bed tax be deferred for 30 days.
February 27, 1990
Sacramento's chances of bringing the Raiders to the state capital suffered a major setback Monday. Mayor Anne Rudin told reporters that Al Davis, Raider managing general partner, told her by phone that he is not going to reach a decision by the Wednesday deadline set by the Sacramento City Council. Davis will receive a city-financed, $50 million franchise fee if he announces a move to Sacramento by then. "He will probably not make a decision by Wednesday," Rudin said.
February 25, 1990 |
Although it looks a bit shaky now, if the Raiders finally choose to relocate in these parts, they will be moving into one of the nation's five most historic cities. That's the view, at least, of a prominent local businessman who lists Boston and Washington first, then New York and Philadelphia, with Sacramento next. "The U.S. began in Boston, the West began in Sacramento," Gregg Lukenbill, 35, who built and financed the city's new NBA arena, said at his office the other day.
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February 24, 1990 |
The field of bidders for the Los Angeles Raiders appeared to narrow to Los Angeles and Oakland Friday when Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin said she does not expect owner Al Davis to move the team to the state capital. Rudin said in a telephone interview that Davis had told another member of the Sacramento City Council that he would not seek an extension of the city's Feb. 28 deadline for accepting $50 million in public funds as a franchise fee for moving to the city.
February 7, 1990
Mayor Anne Rudin said Sacramento will consider backing out of a deal to pay the Raiders $50 million to move north if it turns out that the main private promoter of the project made an illegal contribution to referendum opponents of a new stadium for the San Francisco Giants.
January 9, 1990 |
Just about a year ago, the Dallas Cowboys were sold to oil tycoon Jerry Jones for $146 million. It was the highest figure ever paid for a professional sports team. In exchange for his dollars, tycoon Jones got America's Team plus the 65,000-seat Texas Stadium plus the training camp. There was, as always, debate over such a price. It was said that no football team would pencil out at $146 million.
December 3, 1989 |
As Sacramento commits $122 million in public funds to attract the Los Angeles Raiders, and Oakland promises at least $127 million in city and county-guaranteed bonds to lure them back, Los Angeles has yet to offer a single dollar of public money to keep the team.