Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Raiders Owner Mark Davis Calls Relocation Lawsuit 'Meritless and Malicious'

Raiders Owner Mark Davis Calls Relocation Lawsuit 'Meritless and Malicious'

Following news on Tuesday afternoon that the city of Oakland had filed suit against the Raiders, a report from National Football League insider Jason Cole indicated that there is "no way" the team will return in 2019 while the city intends to take them to court.

The City Attorney recommended and the Oakland City Council authorized filing the lawsuit to recover damages resulting from the Raiders' illegal move to Las Vegas, including lost revenue, money that Oakland taxpayers invested in the Raiders and other costs.

"The defendants brazenly violated federal antitrust law and the league's own policies when they boycotted Oakland as a host city", Parker added. Davis has said in the past he wants the Raiders to play in Oakland in 2019 but on Tuesday he said he had "no comment" on the matter.

According to's Jason Cole, a high-ranking Raiders official said there is "no way" the team plays in Oakland next season. "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". First, they hired Quinn, who has defeated the National Football League multiple times in court. Oakland will need to find someone who Gruden respects, someone who has a keen eye for talent but will not hesitate to "say no" to Gruden when applicable.

The Raiders did not immediately respond to the city's lawsuit announcement.

One of the main cruxes of the city's argument is that the NFL's relocation policy is "skewed" in the favor of cities looking to get a team and biased against current host cities because each team shares a part of the moving team's relocation fee. "And this will help Alameda and Oakland taxpayers with bond debt and [hopefully] future NFL football here". Rumored options include San Diego, Las Vegas, San Antonio, and Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

But in a lengthy interview with ESPN last month, Davis reiterated that while the team did not have a lease to play anywhere in 2019, his top choice was to remain in Oakland - even with the threat of a lawsuit. "Quitting has never been an option".

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