Oakland Raiders Fans Groups Plan Press Conference For Sports Lawyer

Oakland Raiders Fans Groups and community-wide supporters retain
Attorney James W. Quinn
The nation’s foremost Antitrust Litigator
NEWS CONFERENCE
Monday, June 12, 2017 – 10:30am
Oakland City Hall, Frank Ogawa Plaza, downtown 14th and Broadway
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Oakland, CA, June 9, 2017, The fight continues as #StandWithOakland – comprised of local citizens, business owners, faith leaders and fan groups (including “Forever Oakland” and “We Stand With Oakland”) –has engaged top sports lawyers in connection with the NFL’s decision to move the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Spokesperson Raymond Bobbitt states, “Our organized efforts will continue as we seek justice for the citizens and fans, worldwide. We have retained attorneys James W. Quinn of Berg & Androphy and co-counsel Eric Hochstadt of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.”

The group’s goals include exploring viable options with community leaders, city and county officials to keep professional football in Oakland CA; interfacing and engaging with business advocates to develop economic opportunities and; prospects for the first African American participation in NFL ownership.

Jim Quinn is an accomplished trial lawyer, who served for many years as head of the Litigation Department of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Mr. Quinn specializes in high stakes commercial disputes. He has practiced in all areas of complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on antitrust, securities, false advertising, sports, entertainment, patent and related complex intellectual property litigation. Clients call upon him in matters that are high-profile, high-stakes and, often, international in scope.

Eric S. Hochstadt is a partner in Weil’s Litigation Department. Mr. Hochstadt’s practice focuses on civil antitrust, class action, and other complex and sports-related litigation, as well as criminal cartel investigations and antitrust counseling. He has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including broadcasting, e-commerce, electronics, financial services, pharmaceuticals, private equity, publishing, and transportation. Mr. Hochstadt is ranked by Chambers USA Antitrust, recognized by The Legal 500 US for antitrust as well as being named a “next generation lawyer” for the sports industry.

Additionally, Mr. Quinn has counseled and represented players associations in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer. Quinn served as the lead counsel for the NFL players in their successful antitrust challenge to the player restrictions in the League (McNeil v. NFL). The New York Times labeled his participation at trial as “instrumental in helping change the face of major professional sports.” In 2016, Mr. Quinn was named as one of 17 “Elite” Power Players for sports law by Sports Business Journal.

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Oakland Needs A New News Blog: “Oakland News”

Since 2004, when I started Oakland’s first true blog (and not a news website) Oakland Focus, Oakland has seen the following online publications come and many go:

Grand Lake Business
Oakland Local
A Better Oakland
Make Oakland Better
The Oakland Tribune

And between 2004 and today, 2016, the ways that media is published and distributed have expanded and changed at the same time. Back then the concept of micro-blogging was just that. 2006 gave us Pownce and Twitter. And now, even though the basic micro-blogging platform is easy to build, it seems like everyone has just counted on Twitter without challenge.

But this growth and change has caused many established news sites to reduce in both web traffic and staff size. And many offline media publications did not successfully make the leap to the Internet. And so the Oakland Tribune is, for all practical purposes, dormant.

The last Oakland news website standing, The Oakland Post, is a fantastic publication ran by the legendary Paul Cobb. But The Oakland Post’s problem is, it hasn’t successfully monetized its content, nor widely expanded from it’s base in the African American Community of Oakland to fill a news void that has gotten only larger with time.

This is also true of the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. Blogs like SFist and 7×7 have tried to cover Oakland culture, but they just don’t get it, and only know that after decades of being ignored by the white media in the Bay Area and the World, Oakland is now mainstream.

The hunger for Oakland news has become so great, some have turned to The New York Times, but even that has failed to meet the demand.

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There has to be a publication that has enough Oakland moxy to know that Rod Dibble has played piano at The Alley at 3325 Grand Avenue, and since 1960, and yet pay attention to who’s running for what Oakland City Council seat, and why!

I could go on and on, but you get the point now: this new site is the news venue of Oakland. The main difference here is that you can read about what Oakland’s are doing in their own words, and using there own voice, either in text or video.

Like this:

“Oakland News” is an experiment I am excited to get going.

Let’s go!