LOS ANGELES -- Raiders owner Al Davis has decided to move his NFL team back to Oakland, Calif., leaving Los Angeles without a professional football club for the first time since World War II, sources close to Davis said yesterday.
The deal lacks only a signature from the enigmatic Davis.
But sources close to Davis and the talks with Oakland city officials say Davis is ready to move and could sign off as early as today.
"They've made up their mind," one source said. "They're going."
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum officials have set a meeting for today to approve a long-term deal that would return the Raiders to the stadium they abandoned in 1981.
Davis dispatched attorney Amy Trask to Oakland, where she met with city officials to put the finishing touches on an agreement.
A move would need approval from 23 of 30 NFL owners, and the commissioner likely would call a special meeting to consider the issue within two weeks of any announcement, said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.
Davis has negotiated $85 million in renovations to the Oakland Coliseum to be completed before the 1996 season, including the addition of about 120 luxury boxes.