Football league loses power to prevent franchise moves
The Supreme Court effectively stripped the National Football League Monday of the power to block future franchise moves by rejecting an NFL challenge to the Raiders' move from Oakland to Los Angeles. The court, without comment, left intact a ruling that the league's control over franchise moves violated federal antitrust laws. Yesterday's action does not prevent the NFL from adopting new rules aimed at limiting franchise shifts. And the league is still free to seek an antitrust exemption from Congress to restore its power to prevent teams from moving to other cities.