The federal judge overseeing the City of Oakland’s antitrust case against the Raiders, the National Football League and its 31 other teams once again sounded skeptical of the city’s claims that it suffered an antitrust injury from the team’s departure to Las Vegas.
U.S. District Chief Magistrate Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California in a Zoom hearing Friday morning said that if the city’s claims were to move forward it was unclear what limitations, if any, the NFL would be allowed to impose on the number of teams in the league and where they play. Spero said in opening remarks that in dismissing the earlier complaint in the case he had asked lawyers for the city at Pearson, Simon & Warshaw and Berg & Androphy to explain what would happen under a lawful, competitive market for NFL franchises. Would Oakland would have fared better? The judge said Friday that Oakland’s lawyers still hadn’t answered that question.
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