KCBS In Depth: Clock Ticking On San Jose Lawsuit Against MLB, Giants Over Oakland A’s Move

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An artist's rendering of the proposed San Jose ballpark for the Athletics. (360 Architecture)

An artist’s rendering of the proposed San Jose ballpark for the Athletics. (360 Architecture)

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) — The start of the 2014 Major League Baseball season marks five years since the league began looking into the possibility of allowing the Oakland A’s to relocate to San Jose.

The San Francisco Giants claim that the South Bay is their territory as granted by MLB. League commissioner Bud Selig, who assigned a special committee to study the issue in March of 2009 years ago, has yet to issue a decision.

The A’s option on San Jose land for a ballpark expires in November. Meanwhile, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted fast-track status to San Jose’s lawsuit against the MLB and the Giants claiming an unfair anti-trust exemption and economic damages due to the delay of a decision.

Major League Baseball is the only professional sports organization which still enjoys anti-trust exemption status.

KCBS’ Jane McMillan and Ed Cavagnaro spoke with attorney Joseph Cotchett, who represents the city of San Jose and Wendy Thurm, a former attorney for John Kecker—who is representing MLB—and current writer for FanGraphs to update the case.


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