City of Oakland officially files lawsuit against NFL, Raiders

Posted at 1:04 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 16:04:49-05

The city of Oakland is filing a federal antitrust and breach of contract lawsuit Tuesday against the National Football League, the Raiders and each of the other 31 NFL teams.

In a news release, the city attorney Barbara Parker called the Raiders move to Las Vegas "illegal" and that the lawsuit was filed to recover damages from the move, including lost revenue, money that Oakland taxpayers invested in the Raiders and other costs.

In voting to approve the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, the NFL defendants violated federal antitrust laws, according to Parker, and added that the Raiders’ move also violated the NFL’s own policies for team relocation.

The lawsuit will not ask the court to prevent the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas or keep the team in Oakland.

The Oakland City Council voted to authorize the lawsuit this past summer. Read the full lawsuit here.