With the move to Las Vegas, the Raiders appear focused on getting to Sin City. However, issues remain in Oakland. Last December, the City of Oakland sued the team, the league and the other thirty-one franchises. Citing what they believe is an illegal move, due to an allegation of antitrust violations, and breach of contract, this matter drags on. Below, you will find quotes from the involved parties and translation and questioning of said quotes. Granted, I am not a lawyer, just a writer, with a decent grasp of words.
“The Raiders’ illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers and dedicated fans with the bill,” Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker
On its face, Parker accuses the Raiders and NFL of conspiring to screw the city. In their defense, city forked over improvement money over the years. While this may not resonate as popular, Parker makes sense. The city wants some financial consideration.
Where was this energy in trying to keep the team? The Kephart plan looked atrocious to start. However, it clogged the airwaves with a false promise of the team staying. On top of that, the NFL will not lie down and allow the Raiders to stay. That move is cemented. Speaking of, the construction of the new Vegas stadium appears half done. As a result, there is no turning back. The Raiders will finish their run in Oakland, before moving to Nevada.
“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.” Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk
The Department of Justice sides with the Raiders. While Oakland wants tax revenue, the DOJ believes the city should not see any of them. More importantly, they DOJ wants to constrict any money flowing to Oakland.
With the entire Department of Justice behind them, the Raiders have nothing to worry about. The city has the right to sue. No one should be angry about that part. Whether you agree or not with how the stadium negotiations broke down, remains the true focal point. On both sides, the Raiders and the city failed to keep the team in town.