New Jersey football fans may be interested to learn that the city of Oakland has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Raiders over the team’s impending move to Las Vegas. According to the lawsuit, the NFL violated federal antitrust laws by moving the team to Nevada and boycotting the city of Oakland. City representatives stated in a press release that they are attempting to recover damages from lost revenue, taxpayer investments in the Raiders and other expenses.
While the lawsuit does seek damages from the NFL, it’s not demanding that the Raiders move back to Oakland. City officials have stated that the actions by the league were not only illegal but also showed bad faith considering the loyalty of local fans for many years. They also claim that the NFL is using its cartel status to punish cities like Oakland that are not willing to put up taxpayer money for new stadiums.
The lawsuit against the NFL will be filed at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The lead attorney for Oakland on the case stated in a press release that the city is finally standing up to the unfair treatment the Raiders and NFL have given to the city. When questioned, many fans hoped that compensation from the lawsuit could help the city establish a new NFL team.
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