The Raiders quickly changed signals yesterday, first closing down their Los Angeles headquarters and then calling an audible and deciding to continue operations in their hoped-for new home.
An official of the National Football League team confirmed that the Raiders were moving their furniture and files out of the University Hilton Hotel and telephones were disconnected. But within hours, the play was moving in the other direction.
The broken play resulted from a ruling in Oakland on Tuesday, when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Kroninger verbally issued a ban on ticket sales by the Raiders in Los Angeles. The order wasn't seen by Raiders' officials until Friday.
"To be fully cooperative with the court order that was anticipated yesterday upon advice from some members of the Raiders' legal team in Oakland, the Raiders' offices in Los Angeles were temporarily closed down," said Al LoCasale, the team's executive assistant.
"On receiving the preliminary injunction from Judge Kroninger and reviewing it with all involved attorneys this morning, it was determined that it was not necessary to shut down though certain functions would have to be curtailed.
"The Raiders are not permitted at this time under the court order to solicit or sell season tickets in Los Angeles so the the plans for invoicing on all the requests that have been received to date have been stopped."
LoCasale said that the disconnected telephones were ordered back in service, and that callers would be told that while the Raiders cannot take season-ticket orders, names, addresses and telephone numbers would be taken for possible future orders.