San Jose squares off against MLB in federal court

October 4, 2013

Attorneys for San Jose and Major League Baseball squared off in federal court Friday over the league’s reluctance to let the American League West champion Oakland A’s relocate to the South Bay.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte heard arguments – just hours before the A’s were to play the Detroit Tigers in the opening round of the playoffs -- as to whether or not the city will be able to challenge baseball’s anti-trust exemption as it applies to the movement of franchises.

Major League Baseball, meanwhile, has asked Whyte to dismiss the suit.

“The judge has a dilemma,” said San Jose attorney Joe Cotchett. “Is it the business of baseball to regulate relocation or is its exemption simply limited to the reserve clause? We don’t think baseball is any different than football, is any different from basketball, the National Hockey League any other professional sport. “ ... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)