Economic damages that will be claimed by Oakland and St. Louis against the Raiders, Rams and NFL, will be substantial. By indemnifying the NFL, the Raiders and Rams face significant financial risks.
I analyzed the economics and damages in a NFL relocation dispute when Al Davis and the Raiders claimed $1.2 billion of damages against the NFL. That case went to trial in 2001 and the Raiders lost.
The Raiders and Rams are on the hook for all legal fees and potential damages incurred by the teams individually as well as the legal fees and potential damages suffered by all other NFL teams and the league office. Two league sources indicated that the Raiders, Rams and Chargers all signed agreements in 2016 promising to pay in the case of lawsuits over their respective relocations. The Raiders, who plan to move to Las Vegas in 2020, and Rams, who returned to Los Angeles in 2016, are currently being sued by Oakland and St. Louis, respectively. The suit by the City of Oakland includes all 32 NFL teams and the league as defendants as well.