Antitrust

San Jose’s Lawsuit against Major League Baseball Takes a Hit

Parts of San Jose’s lawsuit to allow the Oakland A’s to relocate here and build a stadium were thrown out Friday.

A federal judge on Friday dismissed most of San Jose’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball, which accused the league of flouting antitrust laws by delaying a proposed move of the Oakland A’s to the South Bay. U.S District Judge Ronald M. Whyte said San Jose could go ahead with claims that MLB got in the way of an option agreement between the city and the A’s over property for a new stadium. That means the city could still pursue billions of dollars in damages, but has to back down on a court order to allow the A’s to move to San Jose.

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San Jose Officials Blame Bud Selig for Antitrust Lawsuit

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, left, refused to meet with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed about the Oakland A’s relocating to San Jose. Now the commish could find himself meeting with San Jose’s attorneys in court.

More than four years have passed since Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig formed a committee to study the best places for the Oakland A’s to play ball. But what’s the point of studying something if that knowledge is never put to the test? On Tuesday, the city of San Jose called time and filed a federal lawsuit challenging MLB’s antitrust exemption, part of which prevents teams from relocating without approval of the league and other team owners.

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Sam Liccardo: Why San Jose Sued Major League Baseball

Bud Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball, has rebuffed requests from city of San Jose leaders ot meet about the Oakland A’s relocatign to San Jose. That could change now that the city filed a lawsuit against MLB in federal court.

Original Joe’s has become a San Jose institution by serving the best eggplant parmesan in the Bay Area for over 50 years. It has thrived in Downtown San Jose because their owners, the Rocca family, like so many other San Jose businesspeople, know what it takes to compete. As they compete for the loyalty of their patrons, Original Joe’s has helped to support the college tuitions and mortgages of generations of cooks and wait staff.

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It’s Time to Sue Major League Baseball

The owners of the Baltimore Terrapins, pictured here, sued Major League Baseball for violating the Clayton Antitrust Act and won, but the Supreme Court overturned the ruling, saying baseball games were “purely state affairs.”

It’s nothing short of bizarre that our national pastime, which ostensibly embodies the all-American values of competition and fair play, remains the only business exempt from U.S. monopoly laws. That a single recreational activity deserves such special treatment—absent any economic reason except greed or convenience—should offend our sense of decency. Who gave a Kremlin in Milwaukee the power to decide whether San Jose could build a stadium with its own money for a baseball team?

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