Raiders only team to abstain from CBA vote

Raiders only team to abstain from CBA vote
July 22, 2011, 12:22 am
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All but one of the NFL's teams voted Thursday to support the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players. That the Raiders failed to make it unanimous is no surprise.

Oakland was the only team that did not participate in the CBA ratification vote.

Raiders CEO Amy Trask, in exclusive correspondence with Comcast SportsNet Insider Paul Gutierrez, explained the abstention thusly:

"We have profound philosophical differences on a number of issues -- both of a football and economic nature," Trask said in an email. "We have consistently expressed our views on these matters to the league."

RELATED: Details of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

The Raiders and the NFL have been involved in several lawsuits over the years.

When the NFL denied the Raiders' move from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1980, the team joined the L.A. Coliseum Commission in a lawsuit against the league alleging a violation of antitrust laws.

After moving back to Oakland from Los Angeles in 1995, the Raiders sued the NFL for interfering with their negotiations to build a new stadium at Hollywood Park prior to the relocation to Northern California.