A week after a federal appellate court rejected San Jose’s lawsuit challenging Major League Baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws, the City Council voted to appeal the case to the highest court.
MLB’s Bud Selig admitted the committee he formed to study the Athletic’s relocation to San Jose was an all-around bust.
Now that a federal appeals court has upheld Major League Baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws, San Jose will likely take its case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Five years since signing a lease agreement with the hope of relocating the Oakland A’s to a new ballpark in downtown San Jose, the City Council is poised to renew the land-holding deal for another seven years. Still, prospects of the team moving 40 miles south remain uncertain.
In a deal reached Thursday with the Oakland Athletics, San Jose just bought more time to try wooing the team to a new ballpark in downtown.
San Jose Inside editor Josh Koehn sat down for a interview last week with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. In the first part of their conversation, the two discuss the city’s controversial pension reforms, the depleted police ranks, the current mayor’s race, San Jose’s lawsuit with Major League Baseball and Reed’s insistence that he’s not a closet Republican.
Though Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff has long wanted to move his team to San Jose, he has reached a tentative lease agreement to stay put for another decade. But a vote Friday to approve the deal was delayed after four of eight Coliseum Joint Powers Authority board members did not show.
A local sports columnist says not only will the Oakland A’s never come to San Jose, the team hardly stood a chance of moving here in the first place.
Original Joe’s has become a San Jose institution by serving the best eggplant parmesan in the Bay Area for over 50 years. It has thrived in Downtown San Jose because their owners, the Rocca family, like so many other San Jose businesspeople, know what it takes to compete. As they compete for the loyalty of their patrons, Original Joe’s has helped to support the college tuitions and mortgages of generations of cooks and wait staff.
It’s nothing short of bizarre that our national pastime, which ostensibly embodies the all-American values of competition and fair play, remains the only business exempt from U.S. monopoly laws. That a single recreational activity deserves such special treatment—absent any economic reason except greed or convenience—should offend our sense of decency. Who gave a Kremlin in Milwaukee the power to decide whether San Jose could build a stadium with its own money for a baseball team?