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News & Notes© December 1999
Raiders, municipality will get their day in court
The Oakland Raiders have a February court date with their municipal rivals in the team's bid to break its lease.
The trial will take place in Sacramento, the city chosen after Oakland and Alameda County asked for a change of venue. The proceedings could run as long as eight weeks.
The ruling will decide whether the nomadic Raiders are free to move again - most likely back to Los Angeles — or whether they must remain in Oakland until 2011.
If the city and county win the case, the team will have to honor the remaining 12 years on its with lease with Network Associates Coliseum - and may have to pay substantial damages.
If the Raiders win, the current deal would be voided and they would be "free to negotiate a new contract with Oakland ... or pursue any and all oth....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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