Oakland Fights To Keep Alive Claims NFL Is Antitrust 'Cartel'

Law360, San Francisco (April 17, 2020, 7:22 PM EDT) -- The city of Oakland urged a California federal magistrate judge Friday not to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL over its decision to move the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, saying the league is a "cartel" that restricts the market by barring additional teams from joining it.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero expressed skepticism during a video hearing that Oakland had plausibly alleged that if not for the NFL's 32-team limit, the Raiders would have remained in Oakland, or that the city would have been able to host another football team.

The "question is whether the nonexpansion is lawful,"...

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