San Jose, Calif. and MLB square off in court over moving A's

October 4, 2013
Reuters

While the Oakland Athletics prepared for their first game post-season on Friday, a federal judge said he would rule shortly on whether to dismiss a lawsuit charging Major League Baseball with illegally blocking the team from moving south to San Jose, California.

In a nearly two-hour hearing before U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte, San Jose's lawyers challenged MLB's unique antitrust exemption while baseball's legal team countered that the city had no standing to sue.

The hearing took place in San Jose, the 10th-largest U.S. city, as the A's looked to square off against the Detroit Tigers in the first game of their American League Division Series.

Success on the field has not helped the A's financially. The club has struggled for years with weak ticket sales in the Oakland Coliseum, which the A's share with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)