A federal magistrate has dismissed Oakland’s antitrust suit against the National Football League over the Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas, finding no evidence that the NFL’s actions — the $378 million fee it charged the Raiders, or its refusal to expand beyond 32 teams — interfered with competition or violated the city’s rights. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero of San Francisco had rejected the suit once before, in July 2019, but said Oakland could try to revise its claims to meet his objections. On Thursday, he said the rewritten suit still failed to allege any violations of antitrust law and he was dismissing it permanently. Oakland “does not plausibly allege a concerted refusal (by the NFL) to deal,” or that it would have kept the Raiders, or acquired another team, if the league expanded, Spero said. “It does not appear that Oakland actually objects to the limited number of teams in the NFL. Instead, it would seem that Oakland simply wishes it could have kept one of those teams for itself.” The Raiders’ new stadium in Las Vegas is scheduled to open in July, though it’s not clear when the coronavirus pandemic will recede enough to allow any sports events… Read full this story
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