Sunday, May 18, 2014

"We are dealing here with very arrogant people. It's great to bring them down."

LaTi profiles the attorney, Maxwell M. Blecher, that Donald Sterling has chosen to battle the NBA:
In the 80-year-old Blecher (pronounced "bleacher"), Sterling is putting his trust in a contemporary and a lawyer who previously represented him when he fought with the NBA over moving the Clippers from San Diego to Los Angeles.

Blecher, who did not return requests for comment this week, helped win that fight and also prevailed in a couple of battles with the NFL, assisting the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams to surmount objections from the pro football league as they moved to new cities.

Blecher was involved in the Raiders case as the lawyer for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which wanted to lure the NFL team south from the Bay Area. The antitrust specialist argued the league had no right to prevent the Raiders from making the move. He prevailed and the NFL had to pay the Coliseum $28 million in damages.

A few years later, in 1995, Blecher successfully represented Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere as she pushed to move the pro football franchise to St. Louis.

"We are dealing here with very arrogant people," Blecher said at the time. "It's great to bring them down."

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