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The Big Leagues Go to WashingtonCongress and Sports Antitrust, 1951-1989$
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David George Surdam

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039140

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039140.001.0001

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Professional Sports Team Community Protection Acts 1982 and 1984–1985

Professional Sports Team Community Protection Acts 1982 and 1984–1985

(p.132) 9 Professional Sports Team Community Protection Acts 1982 and 1984–1985
The Big Leagues Go to Washington

David George Surdam

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the Congressional hearings conducted in 1982 and 1984–1985 to address the issue of franchise relocation. It first considers the so-called community protection acts that were introduced during the early 1980s in the wake of franchise relocations in the National Football League (NFL) and the lingering ill-will triggered by the expansion Washington Senators' move to Texas. It then looks at the legal wrangling between the NFL and Al Davis over his relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles, along with legislators' push for franchise expansion and their doubts about revenue sharing in the NFL and Major League Baseball (MLB). It also examines the United States Football League's (USFL) antitrust suit against the NFL accusing it of being an illegal monopoly and using predatory tactics to thwart the USFL.

Keywords:   franchise relocation, Congressional hearings, community protection acts, National Football League, Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, franchise expansion, revenue sharing, United States Football League, Major League Baseball

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