Pat Toomay, defensive end of the Raiders, says teammates who live in the Oakland area may be disturbed at the prospect of moving to Los Angeles, particularly 13-year veteran Gene Upshaw who has talked of entering local politics.
Toomay, a 10-year veteran who lives in Dallas in the offseason, adds that a franchise shift would make sense for the Raiders and the National Football League from a financial standpoint because of the bigger stadium and population in Los Angeles.
As to the players expecting to earn more money as a result, Toomay says, "When you get older [he's 35] you lose leverage. It might be worth a try for big names like Dave Casper to seek more money.
"In Los Angeles it would be like playing every game 'away' the first year. Home fields do make a difference. Rams' fans and Dallas fans do not get excited, but we have a real strong home crowd in Oakland."
Toomay promises to have sharp comments about it all in his forthcoming second book.
Joe Thomas, former Baltimore and San Francisco general manager, was at the NFL meeting headquarters every day, available to offer his expertise in personnel and drafting.
Jim Hardy, general manager of the Los Angeles Coliseum, publicly is hopeful that Al Davis, managing general partner of the Raiders, and the NFL can work out a reported compromise because he says he has received letters from UCLA and Southern Cal saying they are not pleased with present plans for improvements. USC even suggested it might play elsewhere (possibly the Rose Bowl).
The Raiders say the have not been approached about a compromise, nor has expansion into Los Angeles or a vacated Oakland been mentioned.
One longtime NFL figure has observed that ther has been talk of a new league about every 15 years.
Despite Commissioner Pete Rozelle naming a committee to report in June on Edward Bennett Williams' dual role as president of the Redskins and owner of the Baltimore Orioles, a league maverick viewed it as "cosmetic." Williams' position as the lone voting trustee of the Redskins' stock ended the day that 86 percent stockholder Jack Kent Cooke sold the Los Angeles basketball Lakers and hockey Kings.
"Inside Football, for the best informed Giant fan," asserts, "This is the worst, one of the very worst drafts since the start of drafting ."
NFL Properties, which markets youngsters' pajamas and other products bearing team emblems, says it would be a "major inconvenience" at this late date if Al Davis' team became the "Los Angeles Raiders."
Realignment on a more logical geographical basis is drawing nearer. The Rams say it will cost them $500,000 for four of their road games. The NFC West Division team will play NFC East teams. Baseball will be next to sweat plane fuel costs on its travel, with 82 road games.