It all started with a sewage leak.
(Well, not really but at least that’s a good hook).
The city of San Jose has sued Major League Baseball over the stalled Oakland A’s move. The city filed an antitrust lawsuit claiming that the San Francisco Giants are using “unlawful restraint of trade” by refusing to relinquish their territorial rights to San Jose.
To recap this issue real quick, Lew Wolff and the A’s want to move to San Jose, and the city is welcoming the ballclub with open arms. However, since the Giants own the territorial rights to San Jose (rights that the A’s handed over to the Giants in the 1990s, by the way), they are denying the A’s proposal to move.
As a result, the decision regarding the move was turned over to the commissioner’s office, but no outcome has been reached in four years.
So, finally fed up with the lack of progress, San Jose’s city council unanimously voted to sue MLB, claiming a “blatant conspiracy” over baseball’s desire to control the location and relocation of its franchises.
They would also be challenging MLB’s exemption to federal antitrust laws, which states that the league is not interstate commerce and can impose its own regulations.
The good news about this whole thing is that someone is finally doing something to expedite this process.
There is no doubt that the A’s need a new stadium, and at this point, I don’t really care if it is located in Oakland, San Jose, Fremont, or Mars.
So kudos to San Jose, and hopefully Bud Selig’s palms finally start to sweat and he puts his imaginary “blue ribbon” committee to work.