The city of Oakland is suing the Raiders and the NFL.

“Meritless and Malicious,” team owner Mark Davis called the suit from the NFL owners meetings in Dallas that he would have no further comment on the matter.

Asked on Tuesday whether a lawsuit would prompt the Raiders to leave Oakland, Davis said: 

In a press release announcing the suit, Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker “recommended and the Oakland City Council authorized 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” but would not ask the court to prevent the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas or keep the team in Oakland.

With the team moving to Las Vegas in 2020, cities thought to be in the running to be a one-year home for the Raiders in 2019 include San Diego, Santa Clara, Reno, Nevada, Las Vegas and Glendale, Arizona.

San Diego makes the most sense. 

What a mess.