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City of Oakland sues NFL and Raiders

The City of Oakland has filed a suit against the NFL and the Oakland Raiders, aiming to “recover damages resulting from the Raiders’ illegal move to Las Vegas”.

The NFL franchise plans to leave Oakland ahead of the 2020 NFL season, though the move could now go through a year earlier (or leave the Raiders seeking a temporary home for 2019) – Raiders owner Mark Davis has previously said he would not keep his team in Oakland through 2019 if a lawsuit was filed.

The city stated in its lawsuit announcement that “Oakland City attorney Barbara J. Parker recommended – and the Oakland City Council authorised – filing the lawsuit to recover damages resulting from the Raiders’ illegal move to Las Vegas, including lost revenue, money that Oakland taxpayers invested in the Raiders and other costs.”

The city is also alleging that the NFL is a “cartel” and that the league was “boycotting Oakland in the marketplace for hosting a football club” that had “violated federal antitrust laws, while the Raiders’ move also violated the NFL’s own policies for team relocation”.