Release of the National Football League schedule gave formal, official notice to the Raiders that they must play their home games in Oakland in 1980.
Al LoCasale, executive assistant to Davis, managing general partner, was asked if the Raiders would show up in Oakland-Alameda County Stadium. Their first home game is scheduled there against the Redskins on Sunday, Sept. 21.
"I'm not going to get into that; everything is now in the hands of the courts," LoCasale replied.
LoCosale countered by noting that at the NFL's recent meeting a committee was appointed to study the league's concern about a club's chief executive controlling a team in another professional sport. Edward Bennett Williams is president and a 14 percent stockholder in the Redskins and owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball club; Jack Kent Cooke is Redskin vice president and 86 percent stockholder.
LoCasale said that the Raiders now are disturbed by "gross inequities" in the schedules as it applies to them. In what he said was the "sixth or seventh" time in the history of Monday night games, the Raiders have to play at Seattle on a Monday night and play on the road the following Sunday, at Philadelphia, "which is no short haul for us."
"He pointed out that the Raiders play the Denver Broncos at Oakland on a Monday night and the Dallas Cowboy of Oakland six days later. Dallas will be rested for 10 days, after having played on Thanksgiving.
"The Cowboys have all those formations, and we haven't played them since the last game of 1974, "he said.
With the second decade of Monday night football coming up, the Redskins hold the highest television rating for a regular-season game, from their 9-5 victory over Dallas on a Monday night in 1978.
LoCasale acknowledges that Davis has a financial interest in Pro Football Weekly. Hub Arkush, general manager of the publication, says Davis owns 25 percent of it, Arkush and his brother a combined 75 percent. He said Davis has no voice in its editorial operation. Arkash said he notified the NFL and all of the contributing writers of the arrangement.
San Diego figures to be the toughest opponent for the Redskins to beat, but they always did well against Coach Don Coryell when he was at St. Louis.
John Madden of the Raiders' front office writes a weekly sports column for the Copley News Service. He did not knock the trade with Houston for Dan Pastorini, but the headline on his article was, "Nobody Can Replace Ken Stabler."