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LOS ANGELES The Oakland Raiders lost its 12 billion lawsuit against the National Football League on Monday as jurors rejected claims that the league sabotaged a deal for a new stadium and forced the team to leave Los Angeles The team had accused the league of breach of contract and violations of NFL rules But jurors dismissed claims that the NFL acted with oppression malice or fraud in dealing with the team which left Los Angeles in 1995 after negotiations fell through for the new stadium Superior Court Judge Richard Hubbell had asked the jury to reach one general verdict in favor of the Raiders or the NFL Raiders owner Al Davis moved the team from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982 then back to Oakland in 1995 Davis attended the trial from start to finish and spent five days on the witness stand The Raiders claimed the NFL forced the team to leave the Los Angeles market by pushing for a second team to play at a new stadium proposed for Hollywood Park in suburban Inglewood Davis said the second team would have crippled his team financially when it came to selling luxury suites and building fan loyalty In the lawsuit he demanded more than 1 billion for the right to the Los Angeles market and to compensate the team for revenue allegedly lost because of the failed stadium deal The Raiders also sought unspecified punitive damages claiming the NFL discriminated against the Raiders during the stadium negotiations The NFL said it offered to do more for the Raiders financially than had ever been done for any team in league history That included waiving 60 million in ticket revenue to help build the stadium and offering to hold at least two Super Bowls in Los Angeles if the Raiders agreed to
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