Oakland files breach of contract lawsuit against the Raiders, NFL

Oakland files breach of contract lawsuit against the Raiders, NFL

Oakland files breach of contract lawsuit against the Raiders, NFL

Arden Key #99 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after he sacked the quarterback against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 24, 2018 in Oakland, California. The 45-page complaint alleges that a $378 million relocation fee paid by the Raiders enriched the 31 other clubs and thus "skewed the bidding process".

"I personally want to play in Oakland", Davis told ESPN last month.

While the team's plans to move to Las Vegas in 2020 are set, its situation for next year is very much up in the air.

The Oakland Raiders are being sued by the city they are now representing - but will soon desert.

The city of Oakland also claims that both the Raiders and the National Football League violated their contract with the city, stating that the move benefits owners and harms Oakland's residents and taxpayers (they're not wrong).

The team, which plays at the Oakland Coliseum, does not have a confirmed lease for a home next season, and team owner Mark Davis warned previously he could boycott the venue if the city ever filed a lawsuit.

The Raiders look set to cut ties with Oakland after this season
The Raiders look set to cut ties with Oakland after this season

"The Raiders' move - and the bidding process which preceded it - violated not only the antitrust laws, but also the NFL's own relocation policies", the lawsuit states. "The goal 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".

The NFL began to bring the draft to different cities in 2015, when it was in Chicago.

When asked what he thought of the team's past threats to play elsewhere if the city filed the lawsuit, Quinn replied, "Well, the way they are playing, I don't think Oakland really cares that much".

In the meantime, Raiders coach Jon Gruden is trying to stay focused on the next game - which is Sunday in Cincinnati - after an upset win vs. the rival Pittsburgh Steelers this past weekend.

Locations like San Antonio, Reno, Santa Clara, and Fresno have also been discussed as temporary landing spots for the Silver and Black. I'm going to get killed.

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