National Football League owners, hoping to keep a team in the nation’s second-largest market, tabled most other issues to focus on the Los Angeles Raiders’ need for a new stadium.
The owners wrapped up the first of two days of meetings at Jacksonville, Fla., by deciding to put off discussions on such issues as instant replay and an expanded playoff format. Chances are slim either will be instituted in time for the upcoming season.
Instead, owners and league officials promised to work through the night to hash out a proposal paving the way for construction of a $200 million stadium at Hollywood Park to house the Raiders.
Raiders owner Al Davis refused to speculate on whether he thought an agreement was imminent.
“I don’t expect anything,” he said. “I’m just riding with the tidal wave of events, that’s all.”
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