Davis Received $70 Million to Return Raiders to Oakland

From Staff and Wire Reports

Raider owner Al Davis got $70 million, most in interest-free loans the team doesn’t have to repay, as part of the deal to return the team to Oakland, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.

The magnitude of Davis’ benefits in the $192-million deal came to light in a grand jury report released this week. Payments from the city of Oakland and Alameda County included $54 million in two tax-free loans.

One was a $32-million payment to move the team from Los Angeles to Oakland, the report said. The second was a $22-million payment to help Davis run the team.


In addition, Davis got $10 million for a new training facility in Alameda, $2 million to fly the team to and from Los Angeles last season when they were practicing there but playing in Oakland and a $4-million guarantee in ticket sales.

In return, Davis promised to give the city and county a share of revenue from personal seat licenses, club seating and stadium naming rights. None of those ventures have paid off, though, because they did not bring in as much money as expected, and city and county officials have since learned they will have to come up with an additional $8 million for stadium-renovation costs.


Cornerback Darrell Green, 37, of the Washington Redskins signed a five-year contract worth $12.5 million. . . . Running back Ricky Watters, seeking a contract extension, was an unexcused no-show at the start of the Philadelphia Eagles’ mini-camp.


Jerry Nuzum, a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1948 to 1951, has died of cancer. He was 73.


Carlo Moya, who lost to Pete Sampras in the Australian Open final, showed he can also win on clay as he defeated Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek in the Monte Carlo Open.

Moya rallied to beat Krajicek, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. The sixth-seeded Moya takes on seventh-seeded Marcelo Rios in one of today’s semifinals. Rios beat Magnus Larsson of Sweden, 6-2, 6-1.


Fabrice Santoro of France continued his surprising run by beating Carlos Costa, 6-3, 7-5, to also make the semifinals.

Second-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa battled for 2 1/2 hours before finally beating unseeded Elena Wagner of Germany in the third round of the Budapest Open. Coetzer won, 6-1, 6-7 (11-9), 6-2.


Four Chinese swimmers have reportedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and have been banned for two years, according to a report in Swimming World magazine.

Three women--Chen Jialin, Yu Ran and Pu Shi tested positive for an anabolic steroid and one man, Lu Quiang, had a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio above the 6-to-1 limit. None of the banned athletes are top international swimmers, and swimming’s international governing body, FINA, has not confirmed the report.

John Andretti, driving Cale Yarborough’s Ford Thunderbird, turned a lap of 193.627 mph and knocked Dale Earnhardt’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo off the pole for Sunday’s Winston 500 stock car race at Talladega, Ala. Bobby Hillin Jr., in another Ford, qualified second at 193.271 and Earnhardt was third at 192.699.

Two University of Nevada football players have been indicted on felony battery charges for an alleged attack on a former Reno high school football player. A Washoe County grand jury handed up the indictment against quarterback Nicholas Tomasello and defensive end Michael A. Robertson Jr.


The Las Vegas Bowl, troubled by low attendance and lackluster matchups, will change its conference alignments and increase payouts to $800,000 for this year’s game. Under the new structure, a representative of the Western Athletic Conference, most likely the third place team, will play a team chosen from another major conference. The game had pitted the winner of the Big West Conference against the Mid-American Conference champion.

Meanwhile, the NCAA has certified the Motor City Bowl as an official postseason football game, clearing the way for the first game Dec. 26 in the Pontiac Silverdome, matching the Mid-American champion against an unspecified opponent.

Louisville’s women’s basketball team will have co-coaches next season, and if all goes as planned this summer, they will be husband and wife.

Sara White and Martin Clapp, assistant coaches, were named as co-coaches to replace eight-year veteran Bud Childers, who is leaving for James Madison. White and Clapp plan to be married Aug. 9.

IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch encouraged organizers of the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games to form an early and lasting alliance with local governments and the people. Samaranch, on a tour of game venues, also said he is pleased with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee’s progress and had no particular areas of concern.

Ohio State agreed to pay fired women’s basketball coach Nancy Darsch $165,000 to buy out her contract, athletic director Andy Geiger said.


Former University of Miami assistant Mike Jaskulski was named men’s basketball coach at Towson State in Maryland, succeeding Terry Truax.