Judge seems unmoved in San Jose's bid to get A's

October 4, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle

The A's owners' hopes of moving their team from its longtime home in Oakland to a spiffy new ballpark in San Jose ran into trouble Friday in federal court, where a lawyer for the South Bay community struggled to convince a judge that Major League Baseball is illegally blocking the relocation.

"The Oakland A's ... would like to move, but they can't get the three-quarters vote" of club owners that MLB requires to relocate within the San Francisco Giants' designated territory, the city's lead attorney, Joseph Cotchett, said at a hearing in San Jose.

That requirement, he argued, is monopolistic and anticompetitive, in violation of antitrust laws. Although the U.S. Supreme Court declared baseball exempt from antitrust restrictions in 1922, Cotchett said, the exemption has been narrowed by later rulings and congressional action and no longer applies to franchise relocations.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte, who presided over the nearly two-hour hearing, seemed unconvinced... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)