Slow luxury-seat sales jeopardize Raiders' deal to remain in L.A. dHC

January 02, 1992

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's private manager has tabled plans to renovate the stadium because sales of luxury seats are stalled -- jeopardizing the deal that was struck to keep the Raiders professional football team as a tenant, officials said.

Richard Schulze, chief executive officer of Spectacor Limited Partnership, and N. Matthew Grossman, president of the public Coliseum Commission, said this week that the $175 million agreement reached in March to keep the Raiders from moving back to Oakland, Calif., might have to be restructured to prevent it from collapsing.

Grossman said that the commission, Spectacor and the Raiders "are committed to making the deal work" despite an initial drive to sell elite club seats at $3,600 each that has stalled at about 1,000 of the 10,000 seats available.

* BRONCOS: Cornerback Wymon Henderson did not practice yesterday and won't be in the starting lineup when Denver plays host to the Oilers in a divisional playoff game Saturday.

Charles Dimry will replace Henderson, with cornerback Le-Lo Lang and safety Randy Robbins also in the lineup as the Broncos open with six defensive backs to counter the four-receiver run-and-shoot.

Henderson is hobbled by a sprained left knee.

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