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Where to play in 2019: Oakland files lawsuit against Raiders, NFL

Oakland Coliseum

Oakland Coliseum / AP

This Feb. 5, 2016, file photo shows the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.

Oakland is taking the Raiders and the NFL to court, City Attorney Barbara Parker announced today. The move likely means the Raiders will be leaving the Bay Area ahead of their 2020 move to Las Vegas and into their $1.8 billion stadium that is under construction.

It doesn’t mean, though, that the Raiders will play here — Sam Boyd Stadium is the best option — in 2019. If they don’t spend 2019 in Oakland, which the lawsuit signals is unlikely, they could also set up shop in San Diego or Los Angeles, or elsewhere, for next season.

The lawsuit is not asking for the court to block the team's move to Las Vegas. Rather, Oakland leaders hope the city could net millions in damages and pay off the approximately $80 million in debt remaining from renovations at the Coliseum, reports the Mercury News.

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