The City of Oakland has filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL and all 32 teams, including the Raiders.
“The defendants brazenly violated federal antitrust law and the league’s own policies when they boycotted Oakland as a host city,” Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker said in a press release. “The Raiders’ illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers, and dedicated fans with the bill. The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold the defendants accountable and help to compensate Oakland for the damages the defendants’ unlawful actions have caused and will cause to the people of Oakland.”
City of Oakland files federal antitrust and breach of contract lawsuit against the National Football League, Oakland Raiders and other 31 league teams https://t.co/eFcvx9SA9t
— City Attorney Parker (@BarbaraJParker1) December 11, 2018
The civil complaint, a 49-page document, advances seven different claims against the NFL and its teams.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted, “The NFL’s Billionaires Boys Club ditched Oakland out of sheer greed and left taxpayers with millions in unpaid stadium debt. Our community’s support and loyalty were met with nothing but bad faith.”
The NFL’s Billionaires Boys Club ditched Oakland out of sheer greed and left taxpayers with millions in unpaid stadium debt. Our community’s support and loyalty were met with nothing but bad faith. Today we're standing up for residents, taxpayers and fans. https://t.co/7nxcbXAsln
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) December 11, 2018
The NFL did not respond for immediate comment.
The Raiders organization and Oakland Raiders President Marc Badain had no comment.
Oakland is also suing each of the NFL’s 32 teams.
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