In an eye-opening bit of news that was revealed, both the Oakland Raiders and NFL may find themselves facing a lawsuit from the team’s current city. While the Raiders prepare for a move to Las Vegas, they are potentially looking at a $500 million lawsuit ahead of the relocation to Sin City, as Matier & Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle revealed.
But it seems the situation may be even worse than originally anticipated. As Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole revealed, there’s a chance the anti-trust lawsuit could lead to the city going after the name and brand of the Raiders.
After it originally seeming likely the Raiders could consider leaving Oakland and heading to Las Vegas early due to this, that is no longer the case.
As Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal revealed, playing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ stadium is “not considered a contingency site.”
Sam Boyd Stadium is not considered a contingency site for home games in 2019 should the franchise’s lease with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum not be extended, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The lease is due to expire after this season.
Gehlken also cites that while the Raiders are looking into options aside from their current home for the 2019 season, none of them are in Las Vegas.
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In turn, this would mean the Raiders and their iconic logo wouldn’t be heading to Las Vegas with the rest of the team. It’s unknown what the likelihood of this happening is, and right now the lawsuit hasn’t even been filed or finalized.
The rumblings of a lawsuit potentially coming, though, has led to the Raiders considering leaving town after the 2018 season, as the San Francisco Chronicle revealed. If the team does leave, they’ll need to find a place to play their 2019 season, as the Las Vegas Stadium isn’t expected to be ready until 2020.
Even if a lawsuit doesn’t happen, the Raiders are only under contract with the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum through this season. In turn, the Raiders and owner Mark Davis are left with quite a few things to figure out in the very near future.