Oakland files breach of contract lawsuit against the Raiders, NFL

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis must decide the next move for his franchise

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis must decide the next move for his franchise

Parker recently made an announcement revealing the city's decision to file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, the Raiders' organization, and 31 other teams in the league for what Oakland deems as a collusive effort to force host locations to build stadiums funded by taxpayers' money.

"The Raiders' move - and the bidding process which preceded it - violated not only the antitrust laws, but also the NFL's own relocation policies", the lawsuit states.

The civil complaint is a 49-page document and presents seven different claims against the NFL.

The Oakland Raiders are being sued by the city they are now representing - but will soon desert.

In September, the city council voted to approve the antitrust lawsuit, which led to reports that the Raiders are planning to leave Oakland next season, even though their new home in Vegas is not scheduled for completion until 2020. "The Raiders' move also violated the NFL's own policies for team relocation", the lawsuit read. It was filed with assistance from the law firms of Berg & Androphy and Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, LLP, which are working on a contingency basis and will not be paid unless the case is won.

The Raiders look set to cut ties with Oakland after this season
The Raiders look set to cut ties with Oakland after this season

"There are many teams and cities across the National Football League who are capable of creating an exceptional draft experience for fans, including the Titans and Raiders, and we are still hopeful we may ultimately share that honor in the future".

"I personally want to play in Oakland", Davis told ESPN last month. "My brother (David) warned me about stuff like this because he played for 12 years". However, federal antitrust laws provide treble damages plus attorneys' fees, so Oakland's suit against the National Football League and the Raiders "will seek a resolution for the maximum amount of damages available", according to the city.

"Emotionally, I would say, why would I give them $3, $4 or $5 million in rent that they're going to turn around and use to sue me?" he said. "But when that time comes, we will enjoy it".

The Raiders exit from Oakland is going to be somehow uglier than we first thought.

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