November 24, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Jose city officials are filing suit against Major League Baseball, saying the organization is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics' proposed move to a new ballpark in San Jose, 40 miles to the south.
The federal lawsuit disputes MLB's exemption from federal antitrust law and territorial rights given to the San Francisco Giants for the San Jose area. The lawsuit contends that territorial rights reduce competition and harm consumers.
MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred says they have "acted in the best interests of our fans, our communities and the league" when considering the issues related to the Athletics.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said that she's confident that the A's will remain in Oakland.