Oakland planning lawsuit against Raiders, NFL

Oakland planning lawsuit against Raiders, NFL

Oakland planning lawsuit against Raiders, NFL

If the Raiders stay in the city next season - and potentially the year after that, if the new stadium in Las Vegas isn't complete - Oakland would earn almost $9 million.

The Raiders are planning on moving to Las Vegas. Essentially, the Oakland City Council is thinking about filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the National Football League and the Raiders for leaving town.

The exclusive comes from San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phil Matier and Andy Ross.

According to Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben, who has been working to finalize the Raiders' latest lease extension, team executives warned him that they won't sign any agreement if the lawsuit is filed.

The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority, also known as a joint powers agency, wants the Raiders to stay in Oakland for as long as possible, but say they want a lease that financially works for them and keeps the Raiders for two more years.

Oakland councilman Noel Gallo has confirmed that he expects the suit to be filed and announced in the near future, possibly before the team's first home game of the season.

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The outside attorneys have agreed to cover all the up-front costs of the suit, which will likely seek millions of dollars in damages for the team's exit.

He said: "They told me we might as well take the contract and rip it up".

If they decide to relocate to Las Vegas a year early, they could play at Sam Boyd Stadium - which plays host to UNLV.

Fresh off trading their best player for relative peanuts to the Chicago Bears, the Oakland Raiders are gearing up for the 2018-2019 regular season, one of their last few remaining here before they move to their new home in Las Vegas.

As of right, it's not clear if the team will even be playing in Oakland in 2019.

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