According to an Associated Press report, a Sacramento judge ruled Tuesday that Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Inc. should award the Oakland Raiders $850,000 to compensate for legal costs -- hotel rooms, meals, photocopies and other expenses -- it endured in a legal battle in which a $34.2 million jury verdict in August was the outcome.
The Raiders were entitled to seek reparation after the verdict in which a Sacramento County Superior Court jury found that Coliseum officials intentionally misled the team about ticket sales before the Raiders' return to Oakland in 1995 after 13 seasons in Los Angeles.
The AP also reported that the team's court victory Tuesday was offset by $670,000 in costs it must pay to two other defendants in the case -- developer Edwin DeSilva of Orinda and the Arthur Andersen accounting firm -- who were found not liable by the jury at the conclusion of the five-month trial.
In addition, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Richard Park denied a motion by the Coliseum to throw out the $34.2 million verdict. Lawyers for the Coliseum asserted that the Raiders waived their rights to the damages by signing a supplemental contract in 1996 that extended the team's stay in the East Bay until 2010.
Raiders mum on Balco
While Bill Romanowski, Barret Robbins, Dana Stubblefield and Chris Cooper were reportedly scheduled to meet with Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL players' union, their teammates remained mum on their current situation. Those four individuals allegedly tested positive for testing positive for THG, a designer steroid.
The case is also presenting a huge concern for the Raiders because it is being deemed a premature leak of information that is supposed to remain confidential.
"There is some concern about it but the main thing is that no one knows enough details to comment one way or the other," Raider offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy said. "As far as being one of the team reps, I didn't know that we had retroactive testing. This is surprise to me. I can't comment on that. I don't have enough information. I'm concerned because there's not enough details out that. You just hear that there's this big scandal."
Added wide receiver Jerry Porter: We're going to go ahead and prepare for the game like those guys are playing. If anything happens and they have to pass down a suspension we'll have a contingency plan to go without them. I don't know anything about it. I'm a juice guy."
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