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San Jose takes fight against MLB to U.S. Supreme Court

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 16, 2015


San Jose is hoping it can persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to play ball.

In an expected development in the city's frustrated quest to lure the Oakland A's to the South Bay, San Jose's lawyers on Wednesday plan to ask the Supreme Court to consider the city's claims that Major League Baseball has violated federal antitrust laws.

San Jose lawyers will urge the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court's decision in January rejecting the city's claims that baseball's refusal to allow the A's to move to a downtown ballpark violates antitrust provisions.

In that ruling, a unanimous three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel concluded that MLB's nearly century-old exemption from federal antitrust laws forecloses the city's legal arguments. The Supreme Court has previously upheld that exemption, and the 9th Circuit said only the high court -- or Congress -- can change that.

Read the whole story at San Jose Mercury News


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