California IN BRIEF : OAKLAND : Coliseum Marketing Director Dismissed
Marc Ganis, the man who produced the marketing plan to bring the Raiders back to Oakland, will be relieved of his duties “after this week,” according to an Oakland Coliseum official. The announcement follows reports that Ganis falsified his credentials by claiming he had a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration. Syracuse University officials said Ganis attended classes only periodically between 1980 and 1987, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Ganis will not have his contract renewed upon completion of a six-day Raiders reservation promotion designed to show that fan support would underwrite the multimillion-dollar deal, said Coliseum President George Vukasin. Ganis, 30, was paid $150,000 for producing the marketing study that showed enough fan support to attach premium prices to seats. The prices would help the city pay off more than $145 million in bonds that would be used to pay the team’s franchise fee and to renovate the Coliseum.