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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Report: ‘No way’ Raiders play in Oakland next year after lawsuit

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A lawsuit filed by the city of Oakland will be the final move pushing the Raiders away from the town, according to a report.

Oakland filed a lawsuit against the Raiders on Tuesday that alleges the team violated antitrust laws and the league’s rules when they “boycotted” the city of Oakland in their move to Las Vegas.

“The defendants brazenly violated federal antitrust law and the league’s own policies when they boycotted Oakland as a host city,” City Attorney Barbara J. Parker said. “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.”

Fansided’s Jason Cole says the lawsuit filed by the city will push the Raiders out of the town after this season. He reports a team official says there is “no way” the Raiders play in Oakland in 2019 and that they will consider several other cities instead.

Cole says Las Vegas, where the Raiders plan to move, is unworkable for next season because they do not have any existing viable stadium options.

Cole further reports that the Raiders are unlikely to play anywhere in Northern California at all.

We have previously heard the Raiders were unlikely to play in Oakland in 2019, so this isn’t too new. There is one city that’s been previously discussed as a potential interim home for the team.

The Raiders’ Las Vegas stadium is expected to be ready for the 2020 season.



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