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WhiteSox5187
06-18-2013, 02:24 PM
http://deadspin.com/san-jose-sues-mlb-for-not-letting-the-as-move-514075662

The city of San Jose is suing Major League Baseball for not allowing the A's to move, you may remember that Bud Selig put together a committee to "study" the issue and they have been studying it for four years now. Given the problems that the Oakland Coliseum is having, an argument can be made to push the issue on the part of San Jose and the A's.

TDog
06-18-2013, 08:14 PM
http://deadspin.com/san-jose-sues-mlb-for-not-letting-the-as-move-514075662

The city of San Jose is suing Major League Baseball for not allowing the A's to move, you may remember that Bud Selig put together a committee to "study" the issue and they have been studying it for four years now. Given the problems that the Oakland Coliseum is having, an argument can be made to push the issue on the part of San Jose and the A's.

San Jose's only defendant should be the A's, who gave San Francisco exclusive territorial rights to San Jose long before telling San Jose they would move there if the Giants didn't have exclusive territorial rights.

FielderJones
06-19-2013, 01:30 PM
San Jose's only defendant should be the A's, who gave San Francisco exclusive territorial rights to San Jose long before telling San Jose they would move there if the Giants didn't have exclusive territorial rights.

The very concept of territorial rights, as enforced by MLB, is what should be subject to anti-trust. San Jose has it right.

TDog
06-19-2013, 01:49 PM
The very concept of territorial rights, as enforced by MLB, is what should be subject to anti-trust. San Jose has it right.

This isn't a petty stand by the Giants. The Giants secured loans to build their home ballpark with the understanding that they had exclusive rights to an area that includes San Jose. The A's agreeing to never move to San Jose helped the Giants finance their own ballpark without taxpayer support. The A's now want to break that agreement, which could affect that outstanding Giants' debt service on AT&T Park, so that the A's can have taxpayers build them a stadium.

The Giants didn't move because they built a new stadium on their own when San Francisco or even San Jose wouldn't build them one. Let the A's find investors to build them a stadium. I'm sure Sacramento, where the A's have exclusive rights, would be happy to approve zoning changes and tax breaks to make it happen there.

WhiteSox5187
06-19-2013, 02:18 PM
The very concept of territorial rights, as enforced by MLB, is what should be subject to anti-trust. San Jose has it right.

The problem of course is that the Supreme Court has ruled that baseball is exempt from anti-trust laws.

Irishsox1
06-19-2013, 02:29 PM
I don't blame the Giants for wanting to keep San Jose as an option to guard against any crazy taxes the City of San Francisco could throw at them, but San Jose can support a pro team and whom better than the A's.

There are some problems that can be solved with money and this is one of them. Throw enough money at the Giants and this issue will get resolved.

San Jose A's sounds great and it will be the 4th time the A's have moved.

Steelrod
06-19-2013, 03:00 PM
San Jose sueing MLB is a good way to cement relations and pave the way to getting a team. Diplomacy at its best.

WLL1855
06-19-2013, 05:06 PM
San Jose sueing MLB is a good way to cement relations and pave the way to getting a team. Diplomacy at its best.

I'd say diplomacy has failed at this point and they are moving on to Plan B.