L.A. Memorial Coliseum Comm’n v. Nat’l Football League, 726 F.2d 1381 (9th Cir. 1984)

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission retained Blecher Collins & Pepperman to litigate against the National Football League (NFL), which was blocking the Raiders from relocating their NFL franchise from Oakland to Los Angeles. Blecher Collins & Pepperman successfully proved that the NFL’s rule requiring three-fourths of the NFL members to approve a team’s relocation into another team’s territory unlawfully restrained trade in violation of federal antitrust law. In a precedent-setting decision, the court found the NFL liable. The Raiders subsequently moved to the L.A. Coliseum, and the Coliseum Commission received $15 million.

Soon after, Blecher Collins & Pepperman litigated a similar issue against the National Basketball Association (NBA) that enabled the Clippers to relocate their NBA team to Los Angeles from San Diego.