DOJ supports the NFL in Oakland’s lawsuit regarding the relocation of the Raiders

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The administration of Donald J. Trump continues to antagonize many Americans and American institutions. It no longer is antagonizing the NFL. Instead, it’s trying to help.

Sheilla Dingus of AdvocacyForFairnessInSports.org has tracked down the newest filing in the antitrust lawsuit initiated by the City of Oakland against the NFL and the Raiders. In the document, Oakland objects to the submission by the Department of Justice a “Statement of Interest” in the action against the NFL and the Raiders.

In short, the DOJ argues that Oakland should not be permitted to recover lost tax revenues through the antitrust laws. While not a full and complete attack on the overall legal effort, the DOJ’s position, if successful, would limit Oakland’s potential recovery — and it would limit the NFL’s potential exposure.

Oakland also points out that first contact from the DOJ came in early June, one day before a scheduled (but since postponed) hearing on the NFL’s effort to dismiss the entire case. (The hearing is currently set for Friday.) It’s unclear why the DOJ became interested in the case, or why that interest emerged so recently. Regardless, the bottom line is that the DOJ, under the ultimately control of Attorney General William Barr, has decided to get involved in the case, and to make an argument that would reduce the potential worst-case scenario for the NFL.

No matter how that happened, the days of the President repeatedly needling the NFL seem to be ancient history.

11 responses to “DOJ supports the NFL in Oakland’s lawsuit regarding the relocation of the Raiders

  1. Or, I and I know this is crazy, is it possible the DOJ offered their opinion simply based upon what was legal and best practice and has absolutely zero to do with Trump?

    I’ve listened to Trump speak, I think it is fair to say the odds of him even knowing about this arcane sliver of anti-trust law is a billion to one unless it was in a tweet or on a fast food wrapper.

    Not everything is a conspiracy.

  2. It is crystal clear why DOJ and Trump are interested in this case. Oakland is a sanctuary city and their mayor has spoken up against Trump.

  3. ESPN went down the tubes by interjecting a ton of politics into sports. People want spots as a way to escape other aspects of life. Please learn from their mistakes because no matter which side you are on, about 1/2 the population disagrees.

  4. Crazy talk, I know, but it is possible to have gotten the shaft and still not have legal recourse. Sad days for Oakland but the owner decided to move his team. It wasn’t even the first time they’d left. The team never belonged to Oakland. It will be worded prettier but that basic statement is going to be a big chunk of the judgment in this suit.

  5. A real-estate conman siding against the holders of public funds in a broken contract? Shocking. He’s done that about six times over the years himself. It would have been shocking if he sided with the taxpayers.

  6. Taking the politics out of this, there is no stadium lease in place with the Raiders past the new 2020 option so Oakland never had a chance in this case. This was a cash grab attempt by the city of Oakland. Simple as that.

  7. akula55 says:
    July 16, 2019 at 10:19 am
    “ESPN went down the tubes by interjecting a ton of politics into sports. People want spots as a way to escape other aspects of life. Please learn from their mistakes because no matter which side you are on, about 1/2 the population disagrees.”

    I think Democrats could agree to keep politics out of sports if only Republicans could agree to keep politics out of religion. Can’t have it both ways.

  8. I think Democrats could agree to keep politics out of sports if only Republicans could agree to keep politics out of religion. Can’t have it both ways.
    ——
    I think you mean “religion out of politics”….and I agree…the country was founded on separation of church and state, yet Christianity is pervasive throughout all fingers of govt. In a perfect world I’d never have to read about religion or politics!

  9. The City of Oaklaqnd reminds me of the ex-girlfriend that just won’t go away. Of course, the Raiders still playing there is like letting the ex stay at your house after the breakup.

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