It’s been no secret that Lew Wolff and the A’s want of Oakland and move to San Jose, but we’ve been saying that for the past four years.
Since the San Francisco Giants own the territorial rights to San Jose and have no reason to give them up, they are the giant roadblock in the path to a potential A’s move.
However, that could change very quickly if threatened with a lawsuit from the city of San Jose.
The Mercury News is reporting that San Jose City Council member Sam Liccardo wants the city to sue the Giants to allow the A’s to move south.
“The concern that seems to be broadly discussed is about litigation on behalf of the San Francisco Giants,” said Liccardo. “But the San Francisco Giants should become concerned about the threat of a lawsuit by the city of San Jose.”
On what grounds would the lawsuit be on? Liccardo says that the Giants are costing the city of San Jose money by blocking the move.
“The fiscal benefit of a downtown San Jose ballpark — and this is in conservative terms, with just the property taxes generated and the money that would go to public schools and to the county — exceeds $30 million over 30 years,” Liccardo claims. “And any antitrust suit that the city might bring could mean treble damages.”
The report states that if the lawsuit is filed and the Giants lose, they would have to pay up $90 million or more.
Liccardo also goes on to say that the legal procedures of the lawsuit would not be of any cost to the citizens of San Jose.
If anything, this is a giant wake up call for Larry Baer and Co. (no pun intended).
The Giants have been adamant that they will use whatever means necessary to prevent the A’s from moving to San Jose, but what will they do when faced with a lawsuit and the threat of having to pay a very large amount of money?