Raiders could leave Oakland early as city prepares antitrust lawsuit against team, NFL

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The Raiders aren’t scheduled to move into their new stadium in Las Vegas until the 2020 season, but a lawsuit set to by filed by the city of Oakland could leave the team without a place to play next year.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland City Council has authorized an anti-trust lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL regarding the team’s impending relocation to Las Vegas. It is expected to be officially filed in the next few days.

In response to the impending lawsuit, the Raiders have told Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben that they won’t sign any lease extension to continue playing games at the Coliseum if the lawsuit is filed. The team is currently on a year-to-year lease with the Coliseum Authority.

“They told me we might as well take the contract and rip it up,” McKibben said.

Oakland is contracting three law firms to handle the lawsuit, which Oakland councilman Noel Gallo believes could result in up to $500 million in damages for the city.

If the Raiders don’t re-up their lease in Oakland, it would force them to look elsewhere for a temporary home until their new stadium in Las Vegas is completed.

39 responses to “Raiders could leave Oakland early as city prepares antitrust lawsuit against team, NFL

  1. This is a perfect example of why tort reform to a ‘loser pays’ system is necessary for at least some types of legal actions. The Oakland Council obviously believes that Davis can’t afford to defend this suit & their 3-headed contingency based legal team will either force a settlement or sale of the team. At some point they need to look in the mirror & own up to the fact that they themselves blew it by making no realistic effort whatsoever to replace the smallest & most decrepit stadium in the NFL.

  2. Good. The Raiders are a crooked organization. They did this exact same thing in L.A.

    Every city in the country would be financially better off without a sports team. Every time a team leaves, it always leaves the citizens with massive debt and the millionaire owners walk away with millions in their pocket.

    I don’t want the NFL to come back to Oakland. When the Raiders leave, I won’t watch another NFL game.

    Once a Raider, always a Raider right? What a joke.

  3. What was the old saying about “killing all the lawyers first”. I’m not sure the city of Oakland realizes that they do not own the team. Typical shakedown, but what would you expect from a liberal run city. They desperately need other peoples money. The Raiders could give the city a billion dollars and not one average citizen of the city would ever see any benefit.

  4. The nerve those cowards have to try and sue the team and the NFL.

    Its their fault theyre leaving, one of the biggest markets in the country and you let a few wanna-be-important loser politicians and land owners snake their way into the process. And then they chose to side with the A’s owner whos notoriously stingy and selfish.

    A’s are clearly 3rd when it comes to the teams Oakland natives actually care about, its a shame that community has to watch the Raiders leave. Chargers or Rams can barely fill a stadium each week but no matter where the Raiders go its always a sell out (LA – SD – London- Mexico) With everyone wearing Black n Silver.

  5. So this is why the Raider’s owner didn’t want to pay for Mack… he’s looking at millions and millions in unrecoverable legal fees as this plays out in the courts. Didn’t your Daddy warn you to read the fine print in your contracts?

  6. First the city of Oakland makes it impossible to stay there, and then they want to sue because they’re leaving.

    What a town.

  7. tdubdizzle says:

    September 5, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Good. The Raiders are a crooked organization. They did this exact same thing in L.A.

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    hahah! have to love losers like this guy ^ who have zero clue about what they are talking about. Fact is the NFL and the coliseum FAILED to make improvements to the stadium therefore violating the contact in which the late GREAT Hall Of Famer Al Davis once AGAIN successfully sued the NFL!! The NFL took so many L’s from Davis, why do you think their games have been officiated differently all these years?

    RN4L

  8. Actions have consequences.
    In this case Libby ( the Mayor) and her decision to play chicken with the Great Al Davis’ family is to blame for not keeping the Raiders in Oakland.
    The Raider Nation does not need Oakland as much as Oakland needs the Raiders.
    Viva Las Vegas!

  9. Love the Raider Haters – its what keeps us motivated and will let us laugh ourselves silly when we DOMINATE without Mack! But that’s ok, just keep listening to the so called expert talking heads… It’s a 24 hour news cycle – they have to print or say something that is going to generate hits. No more – no less. They are usually WRONG much more than they are right. Sheesh! It’s like trying to educate children on this board!!

    See New England if you are still confused about Mack trade…

  10. randalpnaditch says:
    September 5, 2018 at 12:54 am
    What was the old saying about “killing all the lawyers first”. I’m not sure the city of Oakland realizes that they do not own the team. Typical shakedown, but what would you expect from a liberal run city. They desperately need other peoples money. The Raiders could give the city a billion dollars and not one average citizen of the city would ever see any benefit.
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    Funny you see it that way- I see the NFL looking for welfare from the taxpayers to build their stadiums, and if you don’t they will move. Nevada is the most crooked State in the nation and dead last in education, but they can afford the Raiders. Its so crooked they just approved an $800,000 off ramp for the new stadium in Las Vegas. The Chairman of the Board for the Nevada Dept. of Transportation approved it….Guess what he is also the Governor of the State….LOL

  11. It shouldn’t be city, county, or state responsibility to build these billion dollar sandboxes for these owners. The NFL and their owners rake in billions, and could easily set up private financing for construction of new facilities for teams in need. Kraft built Gillette Stadium with private funds, and in a different sport, the SF Giants built AT & T field without public funds, so it can be done.

    Also, many studies have reflected that these stadiums aren’t the cash revenue generators they are made out to be, usually costing more to taxpayers than providing any tangible benefits, even if they are used for concerts and other events throughout the year.

    Then, inevitably, 20 years down the road, the, local crime syndicate (NFL owner) will start crying for “upgrades to amenities” or they will have to look elsewhere. Thankfully, more and more municipalities or telling them to get lost.

  12. DolFan says:
    September 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    San Diego’s Stadium is empty. They can go there for a year.

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    Exactly! When the Raiders come to SD they are basically home games anyway.

  13. What a lawsuit prone society we live in! Oakland has no chance in this case. The Raiders have wanted a new stadium for 15+ years. Mark Davis has every right to move to get a modern stadium everybody can be proud of.

    Mark Davis should tell Libby Schaaf “thanks for nothing” before leaving Oakland for good.

  14. Ambulance chaser lawsuit IMO; Oakland pays nothing out of pocket, and gives lawyers 30-50% when settled. Oakland had to admit to themselves that the NFL is never coming back, so, there is no need to worry about burning bridges.

    Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas will do fine as a temp home. Locker rooms and parking will require something like $10 million to be OK. Nobody wanted to do that, because then the stadium becomes too nice for it’s future use. And the fear is it will be a lower cost alternative to Raiders Stadium for many “tweener” events in Las Vegas.

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