Monday's the day Al Davis finally says yes or no on moving the Los Angeles Raiders back north. Maybe.
If Davis agrees by the deadline to Oakland's offer guaranteeing the team $602 million over 15 years, the move needs only the approval of the City Council and Alameda County supervisors. Supporters are confident on both counts.The separate votes are scheduled for tonight following a hearing, but local Raider rooters may have to wait at least another day even if Davis consents to the move.
"If the public hearing becomes heated and a lot of people become involved, then the meeting may have to be continued," said an assistant to Mayor Lionel Wilson. "We may not get to the vote."
If Davis says no or fails to call, the deal's off - or so say local officials. Wilson and supervisors chairman Don Perata planned to cancel the hearing and votes without the go-ahead from the Raiders.
Officials in Los Angeles labored throughout the weekend to put together a counter offer, but were pessimistic about their chances.