Al Davis, managing general partner of the Oakland Raiders, has been dropped from the National Football League's influential competition committee by commissioner Pete Rozelle.
Davis was a member of the original committee, with Paul Brown, now general manager of the Cincinnati Bengals, and Tex Schramm, general manager of the Dallas Cowboys. The committee, formed in the early 1970s, makes recommendations on playing rules, waiver and player control procedures, etc.
Brown and schramm remain on the committee with another holdover, vice president and head coach Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins.
The committee was expected to five members at a league meeting Thursday in New York City and Bart Starr, coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, and Peter Hadhazy, executive vice president-general manager of the Cleveland Browns, were added.
Davis, commissioner of the old American Football League who lost that position when the NFL took in the AFL teams, led a revolt with owner Carroll Rosenbloom of the Los Angeles Rams two years ago to try to curb Rozelle's authority.
Rosenbloom patched up his differences with the commissioner last year. Davis cast the only negative vot in January when Rozelle's contract, which had three years to go, was torn up and he was given a new 10-year contract with a raise.
Davis has been on a planning committee to specify Rozelle's authority, but it was disbanded after the challenge to the commissioner's power failed.
Davis could not be reached for comment on his removal from the competition committee, his only committee assignment. His executive assistant, Al LoCasale, said. "I think the only thing Al would be interested in commenting on now is our game against the undefeated Denver Broncos."
Rozelle said, "A lot of committees were reshuffled. Art Modell (president of the Cleveland Browns) was dropped from the finance committee. There had been complaints that the members of the competition committee were all from winning teams and their recommendations could affect competitive balance."