Potential Oakland vs. Oakland Raiders NFL Lawsuit Relocation Case: Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Statement

(Last Updated On: December 29, 2018)

, CA – Due to recent media stories about potential legal claims by the city of , against the for the relocation of the Raiders, we have received numerous requests for comment on this issue.

Therefore, member At-Large today releases the following statement:

“We have been told by the City Attorney that we are not to discuss the contents of closed session matters. While I cannot comment on the specifics of any closed session or potential litigation, I will share my views more broadly. I believe it is vital and important that we stand up for the tax-payers of , and fight to protect our community, including regarding the issue of sports-team relocation. In terms of the relocation approvals, there are many important questions deserving to be answered, including why the receives payments of hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for allowing teams to relocate, and how these vast financial payments impact the choices and the process. As the city-wide elected representative of the people of , I want to protect our community, our tax-payers, and our public services. In addition, some have commented in the press that perhaps these issues could be resolved through a settlement agreement. I would consider that a valid and welcome option, and if the leadership of the and anyone else involved is genuinely interested in pursuing a settlement agreement that would help protect our community, I would be happy to consider such a proposal, and would welcome that conversation.”

Rebecca Kaplan

By Rebecca Kaplan

Rebecca Kaplan is Oakland's 3-Term At-Large Councilmember


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