San Jose vs. Major League Baseball
Hearing on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, on city's lawsuit accusing baseball of violating federal antitrust law by refusing to act on the Oakland A's request to move to the South Bay.
- Update: The hearing's over. A ruling could take several weeks. From Wendy Thurm's reporting, it appears that U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte was leaning Major League Baseball's way on the antitrust issue in the case. It's seems less clear what will happen with a related state law claim by the city that Major League Baseball has illegally interfered in a contract between San Jose and the A's. (Joe Cotchett, mentioned in tweets below, is the lawyer representing San Jose in the case.)
- — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders)Fri, Oct 04 2013 11:05:32Joe Cotchett to press outside court: this case is going to the 9th Circuit no matter what Judge Whyte rules. "I will take it to the Sup Ct"
- Earlier: The coverage we liked best: From freelance baseball scribe Wendy Thurm, who's been live tweeting from the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte in San Jose:
- — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders)Fri, Oct 04 2013 09:26:05Joe Cotchett: business of baseball is only about what happens on field. (And then makes mistake, saying A's starting World Series tonite)
- — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders)Fri, Oct 04 2013 09:36:26Judge Whyte to Keker: wouldn't you agree that there's no rationale why baseball has AT exemption but other sports don't? Keker: No
- — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders)Fri, Oct 04 2013 09:38:49Keker: baseball has grown and developed around the exemption since 1922. You may not agree with reasoning but structure built on it.
- — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders)Fri, Oct 04 2013 09:40:14Judge Whyte to Keker: what IS business of baseball? Keker: league structure, broadcast agreements, location, revenue sharing among others.
- — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders)Fri, Oct 04 2013 10:09:42Judge Whyte: isn't injury to San Jose speculative? City counsel (not Cotchett, different atty): no, bc A's would execute option agreement
- — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders)Fri, Oct 04 2013 10:11:22Judge Whyte seems skeptical of injury to San Jose. What if land could sell for more than price in option agreement?
- — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders)Fri, Oct 04 2013 10:15:59Keker on injury: inability to complete land sale isn't injury bc the price in option agreement is below market. Other injury is speculative
- The Silicon Valley Business Journal's Lauren Hepler is also live-tweeting from the courtroom
- — Lauren Hepler (@SVBizLauren)Fri, Oct 04 2013 10:03:19San Jose counsel arguing that current economic factors & desire of MLB team to move fall outside scope of league antitrust exemption
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