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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission v. NFL (Raiders I)
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
726 F.2d 1381 (9th Cir. 1984)
Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders (plaintiff), wanted to relocate the team from its current stadium to the Los Angeles Coliseum, operated by the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission (the Commission) (plaintiff). At the same time, Carroll Rosenbloom, owner of the Los Angeles Rams, wanted to move his team from the Coliseum to Anaheim. The National Football League (NFL) (defendant) amended its rules to prevent Oakland’s move. NFL Rule 4.3 provided that any team proposing to relocate required a three-quarters vote of all league team owners. After NFL team owners voted 22-0 to block Oakland’s move, Oakland joined an existing lawsuit filed by the Commission against the NFL, alleging that Rule 4.3 violated antitrust laws. The district court held that the NFL was not entitled to the “single entity” defense to an antitrust claim and the NFL appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Anderson, J.)
Dissent (Williams, J.)
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