Oakland Raiders Fooled City Of Oakland: Officials Not Told Of Las Vegas Plans, Asked To Wait For NFL - Video
Oakland Raiders Fooled City Of Oakland: Officials Not Told Of Las Vegas Plans, Asked To Wait For NFL In January of this year, and just as the National Football League was meeting in Houston to determine which NFL team was going to be granted the right to move to Los Angeles, the Oakland Raiders had informed the City of Oakland and the County of Alameda (or 'East Bay Entities') that no more meetings on a new stadium would be scheduled until after the Owners meeting and when a new Coliseum lease was signed by all parties. The East Bay Entities were under the impression the Raiders were waiting out the NFL, and not working on plans to move to another city. But this letter from UNLV President Len Jessup and uploaded originally by Las Vegas Journalist Aubrey Clerkin on January 28th 2016, (http://ift.tt/1YHC6WM) provides clear evidence that the Raiders Owner Mark Davis had already set in motion the Las Vegas Stadium plans - my conversations with officials representing the East Bay Entities over the past day revealed they were completely in the dark regarding what the Raiders were really doing at the time. The NFL's Relocations Bylaws have a paragraph that reads as follows: Negotiations Prior to League Consideration 1. Because League policy favors stable team community relations, clubs are obligated to work diligently and in good faith to obtain and to maintain suitable stadium facilities in their home territories, and to operate in a manner that maximizes fan support in their current home community. A club may not, however, grant exclusive negotiating rights to a community or potential stadium landlord other than one in its current home territory." The third paragraph states that a club may talk to another community about relocating: "The League’s policy and procedures on franchise relocation do not restrict any club’s ability to discuss a possible relocation, or to negotiate a proposed lease or other arrangements, with a community outside its home territory. Nor do they restrict the ability of multiple clubs to negotiate terms of a proposed relocation with a single community' But since the NFL says that new stadium negotiations with the home city are to be done in "good faith", the question is what's the legal definition of good faith. It's this: "honest intent to act without taking an unfair advantage over another person or to fulfill a promise to act, even when some legal technicality is not fulfilled. The term is applied to all kinds of transactions." From my talks with East Bay Officials, it's clear they were caught unaware of the Raiders actions with respect to Las Vegas, and were essentially going along with what the NFL team had told them it was going to do: not meet on plans for a new stadium until after the NFL made its LA decision and a new Coliseum lease was signed, which was on April 27th. The question is was the NFL aware of how the Raiders were treating the City of Oakland and the East Bay Entities as it was making its Las Vegas plans? It's obvious the Silver and Black were not dealing in good faith with Oakland, and the reaction of public executives I have talked to reveals that, even though they did not wish to go on the record with a statement at this time. -- Zennie Abraham, Jr.: Phone: 510-517-7565 Executive Producer: Zennie62.com Chairman and CEO: Zennie62Media.com Subscribe to Zennie62 on YouTube.com: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=zennie62 _______________________________ Chairman and CEO Sports Business Simulations Visit http://zennie62blog.com Zennie Abraham is one of the first generation of YouTube Partners going back to 2006, and made partner in 2008. Visit Zennie62 at YouTube.com or http://youtube.com/user/zennie62 Twitter: @Zennie62 or http://ift.tt/1wKsI4v Also Zennie62 on Instagram, Vidoco, Tout, USTREAM, Delicious, and many other sites. Zennie62Media owns and controls an 80-blog network. We do content marketing, content development, and reputation management. NOTE: This email message is not for publication without the expressed, written permission of Zennie Abraham in the email itself.
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