San Jose, MLB Argue in Court Over Lawsuit About Proposed A's Move

October 4, 2013
NBC Bay Area

Lawyers for the city of San Jose and Major League Baseball squared off Friday in federal court as MLB asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the city that accuses the league of unlawfully preventing the Oakland A's from moving to San Jose.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte, who asked questions of both sides during the nearly two-hour hearing, said at the end of the session that he would "try to get a decision out shortly."

San Jose, which filed an antitrust suit in June against MLB and league commissioner Bud Selig, wants a trial held on claims the city has been harmed economically due to the league's "unlawful exercise of market power" in blocking the A's from relocating to the South Bay.

The city is arguing it has been hurt financially because MLB has delayed a decision on the proposed relocation while the city has had an agreement with A's owner Lew Wolff since 2011 giving him an option to buy land near downtown San Jose for a potential stadium site... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)